Category Archives: duPlooy Travel

Flores – Revisited

Spend a day in and around Flores in Guatemala

Launcha
Launcha

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

Cancun to Belize by Bus

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.

Customs
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

Birding in Belize with duPlooy’s

One of the many morning regulars at duPlooy’s deck

Birding in Belize with duPlooy’s

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.

 

 

MotMot
Blue-crowned motmot
Bat Falcon

 

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.

 

 

Toledo District

We Have been thinking about ways we could promote Belize’s Toledo District (aka the forgotten district) and so we decided to spend a few days having a look around.

Cotton Tree Lodge acted as our hosts and we also visited The Lodge At Big Falls and Tranquility Lodge, outside of town and Blue BelizeCoral House and Beya Suites in Punta Gorda.

Tide Tours, with an office in “downtown” Punta Gorda, was very helpful with information about the many attractions  to see and things to do in the area. Continue reading Toledo District

Maya House

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.

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Tamales ready to eat at Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya House
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Tamales are a great taste of Belizean food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Cooking Tamales at Belize Botanic Gardens' Maya House
Cooking Tamales at Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya House

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

Flights to Cayo District

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.

Add $60 per person each way to  a  “Create Your Own Vacation” package if you want to fly one-way.

Flight schedule for Maya Flats Air Strip

Continue reading Flights to Cayo District