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. 

About Belize

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.  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.  Accommodations are in our affordable 16-bed, 4-bathroom guest house.  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.

Student Accommodations at Belize Botanic Gardens

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?  Or help us with one of our projects?

Monkeys In The Wild

You can join our  Howler Monkey expert and follow a resident troupe to learn about  their habits and habitats.  Belize Botanic Gardens now hosts 2 resident troops of Howlers with a new baby born in July, 2023.  Our original old boy, George, the first monkey to make his permanent residence in the gardens, still lives here and hangs around on his own.   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 because 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.

Students learning to make tamales

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.

The cost is for the Belize Botanic Gardens Shuttle is only $15bz for a round trip. Let us know the night before for the morning ride or give us at least 2 hours’ notice to come in the afternoon.

Private shuttle anytime for $40 bz each way.

If you’re with a tour guide be sure and ask him or her to bring your group to the gardens.

If you want to book a special event like tamales making with a tour of the medicine trail or a guided tour followed by tea featuring goodies made with local ingredients, let us know. We need a minimum of 4 people for these and 48 hours notice.

Oh, and did I mention that there have been nearly 300 bird species counted in or near the gardens? So it’s also a great place for birders. Bring your own guide or ask our guide to point out birds as you tour the gardens.

Call or text 671-3322 to book and have your questions answered

Stop for a moment on BBG’s Rainforest Trail and reflect on the beauties of nature.

Stay at Belize Botanic Gardens

These visitors have just returned from the medicine trail to eat the tamales they made earlier.