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.

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.



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.



Day Trip to Flores

Recently, Ron, my duPlooy Travel partner and I went to Flores, Guatemala for the day to look for some items for the duPlooy restaurant.

This small island community, located on Lake Petén Itzá, is accessed by a causeway which connects Flores to the busy town of Santa Elena, where you will find a thriving and sprawling market place, which winds its way, sometimes chaotically, through back streets, where everything from live chickens to lingerie is sold. Continue reading Day Trip to Flores

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

Looking Back – Episode 1

What it was like before Running Water & Electricity

Guests often ask what it was like at duPlooy’s in the days before electricity and running water… Well my favorite book growing up was Swiss Family Robinson so a family adventure always had a special appeal to me.

One big difference though was that the Robinson’s were shipwrecked on an island with a ship loaded with supplies.  When they ran out of good stuff – like fine wines, cheese, chocolate, as well as essential items , they merely rowed their dinghy out to the ship and brought back what they needed … while on the other hand, for us it was a hard-driven 10 miles to reach San Ignacio in an hour and change  (each-way),  with more riding  around town in order to find the basics … and there was definitely a shortage of fine wines and cheese!!

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Wildlife Report

Wildlife News for October 2013

Kinkajous are Regular Visitors to duPlooy’s

… joining us on the deck for cocktail hour.  While you are enjoying your half-price rum drinks, they are chowing down on complementary fruits and entertaining us all as they swing down from the trees to grab their complimentary snacks.

Here’s a little bit of Kinkajou information so that you will appear to be “in the know” when discussing Kinkajous with other guests.

Little Known factoid – Though many of its features and traits sound like those of a primate, the kinkajou is actually related to the raccoon.

Dont' bite my hand
Dont’ bite my hand

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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.

Tamales ready to eat at Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya House
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

Black Hole Drop

 Not For the Feint of Heart … Belize’s Black Hole Drop is for real adventure-seekers

Rapelling down into the the Black Hole Drop, the rush comes in the first 10 feet and the next 200 feet  provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, with the last 100 feet taking you down through the rainforest canopy. Your return hike includes some rock climbing, ladder climbing, and a lot of sweating, This 300 ft. descent into a little-visited sinkhole  “Actun Loch Tunich” is not for everyone, but guaranteed it’s a thrill you’ll never forget. Hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains to the mouth of this cave where the edge of the sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below and  200 feet above the rain forest canopy that grows out from the sink hole basin.

Your return hike out of the Black Hole includes some hiking, rock climbing and ladder climbing and a lot of sweating.  When  the day is over give yourself a bit pat on the back and say “I did it!”


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Flour Camp Cave

With Horseback Riding & Canoeing

Riding to Flour Camp Cave – Negro Man Farm

The ride to  Flour Camp Cave and  Xunantunich, from duPlooy’s,  follow the same trail for the first 30 minutes, at which point the trail to Flour Camp forks and continues on for another 30 minutes through the picturesque fields and orchards of Negro Man Farm, before reaching an unmarked foot-path, which leads directly up to the cave.

After dismounting, its a 30 minute uphill hike to the caves entrance. The cave is filed with Mayan pottery shards and the impressive stalactites and stalagmites and are sure to capture your attention.  There are bats living inside, as you might expect and a recent group of guests photographed a mottled owl just inside the cave’s entrance.

There’s time to look around and explore for an hour or so; then after a picnic lunch, along the river, its on the water for  2-3 hours and a well deserved, down-stream paddle back to duPlooy’s beach, with plenty of spots to stop for a refreshing swim along the way.

Interesting Note:  Flour Camp, by the riverside at the the bottom of “Flour Camp Hill” got its name back in the days when Mahogany was cut from forests along the river and floated downstream for shipping out of the country.  Four Camp is the place where the loggers’ supplies were dropped.

Owl near entrance to cave
Owl spotted near cave entrance

Flour Camp Cave Snapshots