Ride a 3 wheel tuc-tuc to Santa Elena and visit the always bustling market place. It was the day before Christmas Eve and like many places, it was jam-packed with shoppers.
Return to Flores, take a short lake tour in a “launcha” to the “Museo” a personal collection of Maya and other artifacts. Then on to “El Mirador” for impressive panoramic views of Lake Petén Itzá. Continue reading Flores – Revisited→
We often get questions about how to travel by bus to Belize from Cancun.
While there is a lot of information available, we thought the following information would be helpful.
Mexican customs are slightly different then the restrictions fliers face in America. A simple red light / green light button process occurs to determine if tourist’s bags are to be searched or not. Not sure what the rate of searches are, however I can assure you that when they do search your bag it is rather extensive.
Make sure to indicate on your form that you are IN TRANSIT to Belize when they ask you where your destination is.
Exiting the Airport
Once clearing customs, about 50 different taxi drivers are going to ask you if you need a ride. Politely refuse, and continue walking through the terminal. It is not necessary to change your US money into pesos unless you are planning on staying in Mexico for awhile. The ADO bus ticket counter will take your US dollars and give you change in Pesos. The counter is located to the right of the international terminal about 75 yards, just ask one of the many people trying to sell you a taxi ride… where is the ADO bus is if you get confused. Everyone speaks English at the airport. Continue reading Cancun to Belize by Bus→
For the best Birding in Belize create your own vacation with duPlooy’s. Start your day with an early morning bird walk with one of our expert guides and then check out some of the many species that visit our bird deck in the mornings and throughout the day. There is always coffee or tea on deck from 6:30am so you can relax while the birds visit you.
A bat falcon sighting is always a thrill and one can often be seen perched on a branch of a dead tree. Sometimes you can see his breakfast mouse, other bird or snake clutched in his talons.
Another regular at the deck at duPlooy’s is the blue-crowned motmot. See its “vanity tail”
For some of the best birding in Belize, try Birding in Belize with duPlooy’s. You can let us know ahead of time if you are looking for specific birds to add to your list and we can help plan your itinerary around it. Or discuss each day with your guide where best to find birds you are looking for.
If you just like to look at birds, all of our expert guides can point out the ones you see along the way to one of our many adventure activities. If you are a serious birder, book your birding vacation far enough in advance to make sure you get one of our specialist bird guides.
Pick up a Bird Checklist at the office if you want to keep track. If you see anything that is not listed, verify it with your guide and let us know so that we can add it to the list. Quite a few of our additions have been supplied by our guests.
Belize Botanic Gardens, located right next to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge features conservation collections of Belizean flora, an extensive Maya Medicine Trail, Rainforest and Savannah Trails, Trails for hiking and more.
Visit for a day and learn about the flora of Belize, eat a delicious lunch at duPlooy’s, swim in the Macal River – it’s a great day out. Better yet, stay at duPlooy’s where the Belize Botanic Garden entrance is included with your room, as well as continental breakfast and use of tubes and canoes on the river.
Bring your group and reserve a Mayan Cultural experience – learn about Medicine plants, make a broom from palm fronds and cook tamales over a wood fire for your lunch
Tropic Air flies several times a day to nearby Maya Flats airstrip from all points in Belize. It saves a lot of time to fly, particularly if you are staying at duPlooy'; we are only 3 miles away.
If you have the time we suggest you travel by road at least one way so that you can see where you are going; you will also have the opportunity to stop at the Belize Zoo on the way to or from duPlooy’s by road.