Belize Botanic Gardens’ Shuttle
Belize Botanic Gardens’ Shuttle leaves San Ignacio Town every day at 9am and returns at 11:30am. Afternoon shuttle leaves town at 1pm and returns at 4pm. This gives you time for a morning or afternoon tour. You can also come in the morning and spend the day enjoying the gardens and walking down to the Macal River for a swim.
Study Abroad in Belize at Belize Botanic Gardens
Want to Study Abroad in Belize?
Where else besides Belize Botanic Gardens (BBG) can you learn so much about nature’s flora and fauna in a living lab? Set in 45 acres in Western Belize, BBG is surrounded by tropical forest. Just a five-minute walk takes you to the Macal River where you can cool off on a hot day. Be inspired by nature and get up close and personal to the hundreds of native and exotic plants found here. With unlimited access to the gardens you will have plenty of time to explore.
In addition to it’s amazing biodiversity, Belize has a rich history of cultural diversity. The ancient Maya Cities of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are nearby and Caracol is within visiting distance. These, as well as other sites, are easily explored from BBG
Welcome to Belize Botanic Gardens
Student groups have been visiting BBG since 1997 and in 2012 we started teaching horticulture classes. Our experience is what will provide you with a unique learning opportunity. Due to Covid-19, we were forced to suspend study abroad activities for 2020 and 2021.
Now we are ready to work with you again. Let us help you plan your trip to Belize. We will be happy to consider your learning goals and budget.
Eating and Sleeping
Best of all, you can stay right on the BBG grounds. Stay in our affordable 16-bed, 4-bathroom guest house or in the “Blue House which sleeps 6 people. Meals are served in the nearby Visitors’ Center which also serves as a classroom. Here’s where you can get online. You might want to do some research with “real” books. In that case, you can access our large botanical library.
Fun Learning Activities
Try some of our fun learning activities while you are here. Foraging for edible plants is a favorite. And while you are here you can help prepare meals from what you find on the grounds. We won’t let you eat anything poisonous so you don’t have to worry! You might want to learn about Maya Medicinal Plants. Or maybe the medicinal and nutritional values of some of the little-known fruits and other plants found here, or both. How about a guided bird walk with our experienced guide?
Monkeys In The Wild
You can join our Howler Monkey expert and follow a resident troupe to learn about their habits and habitats. Birds, butterflies, insects, amphibians as well as animals small and large abound.
Learn Horticulture Techniques
And don’t forget to sign up for one or some of our horticulture workshops where you will learn organic methods. This is becaue BBG is one of the few totally organic Botanic Gardens in the world!
PLAN YOUR TRIP NOW
We can help plan your full itinerary in Belize including field trips to other areas. Just Click here to Book and your upcoming Study Abroad in Belize experience can become a reality.
So Much To See at Belize Botanic Gardens
There’s so much to see at BBG. Of course, there are many interesting trees, plants and flowers. There are also loads of interesting creatures that roam our gardens. Everything from the smallest ants (watch out, they have big teeth!) to tapir. The truth is that you probably won’t see any of the big animals because they tend to be nocturnal and shy.
Little Creatures you might see:
Since Belize Botanic Gardens is organic and has been since it was a farm in 1993, there are a number of small creatures living here. We don’t have too big a problem with insects here; rather their problem is with one another. This is because they are downright cannibalistic! If they’re not eating our plants, they’re eating one another.
Here are a few photos of things we’ve seen on the grounds of BBG.
Not only is it a great place to see plants and other critters, but there
have been more than 300 bird species counted in the area.
Don’t forget to visit when you are in Belize.
Looking Back – What was it like 30-odd years ago?
What it was like before Running Water & Electricity
Looking back on the last 30-odd years I’ve been pondering life in Belize Visitors to Belize Botanic Gardens often ask what it was like here in the days before electricity and running water. 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, etc, they merely rowed their dinghy out to the ship and brought back what they needed. 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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Belizean Expressions –
Understanding the Meaning Behind the Words
This link above will take you to a site where you to a site where you can learn some Kriol and Belizean Expressions, It’s always been interesting to me how identical words and phrases take on different meanings in different places. For instance, when we first arrived in Belize, nearly 35 years ago, and I first heard the expression, “Right Now“, we thought that meant immediately. It didn’t take us long though to figure out that, in Belize, it means sometime in the not-to-distant-future.
Even in different parts of our own countries we have differences in vocabulary, so when a Belizean uses a word you don’t understand, ask what it means and you will have learned something. Then share one of yours with him/her.
When your waiter asks your title to put on your bar tab, don’t tell him you’re a bank manager, tell him your last name.
It can be frustrating when you ask for something and are told
“Right Now” and you wait patiently and then when nothing happens and you ask again a half hour-later and the reply is an unapologetic “Right Now“. Continue reading Belizean Expressions