PRICE of Parrot Watching Eco-tour.
$3340 per person sharing a double/twin room
$670 single supplement
Deposit: $500 per person
Balance due 60 days before the start of the trip
meals (from dinner on 10th May to breakfast on 17th May), For those joining multiple trips all meals in between trips are included,
English speaking local guide,
all ground travel within Belize,
International flights, insurance, drinks, souvenirs, tips, any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Arrive in Belize sometime on the 10th May 2024 with transfer to hotel and overnight in hotel.
11th May - Pick up from our hotel and transfer to La Milpa Lodge
The transfer could take around 2 ½ hours, we might stop on the way in search of some parrots or parakeets which are common in the area. We will also be looking for Snail Kites, Black-throated Bobwhites, Aplomado Falcon and Jabiru on our way to Rio Bravo. La Milpa Lodge is situated in the massive Rio Bravo Conservation Area north west of the country.
Dinner and Night at La Milpa Ecolodge.
12th May - Birding La Milpa
Full day birding around the Rio Bravo Reserve, La Milpa Archaeological Site and Blue Creek rice fields. We will be searching for forest species such as Royal
Flycatcher, Barred Forest-Falcon, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Laughing Falcon, Rose-throated Tanager and Gray-throated Chat and a few other Yucatan endemics. Great Curassow and Ocellated Turkey usually walk along the trails and at the edge of the compound. In the open farmlands we will scan for Yucatan Parrots, White-tailed Hawk, Aplomado Falcons and Bat Falcons and hopefully a Pinnated Bittern hiding among the reeds along the road.
A night drive will be done tonight, looking for Middle American Screech Owl, Northern Potoo, Spectacled Owl and perhaps even the elusive Jaguar.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at La Milpa Ecolodge. Night at La Milpa Ecolodge.
13th May - Transfer to Crooked tree
We will have breakfast and enjoy some birding in the grounds and afterwards we will move to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, this is a national protected area of natural wetlands. At the center of this beautiful wildlife refuge lies the Village of
Crooked Tree. Crooked Tree Village was established circa 1750 as one of the first Kriol (Creole) communities in Belize. Crooked Tree is home to approximately 1,400 people and some 300 types of birds as well as a wide variety of aquatic and land-
dwelling animals and myriad plant species; among these several thousands cashew and mango trees.
We will have lunch on the way so we might reach the reserve around 2:00 pm.
We will have time to look for some birds in the afternoon here, this is home for Yucatan Parrots and Yellow headed Amazon.
14th May - Birding Crooked Tree
We start birding in earnest this morning with an early morning boat trip through the maze of lagoons and creeks. While many of the waterfowl we see today will be present in large numbers, none will be quite as ‘large’ as South and Central America’s tallest bird, the Jabiru. We expect to see some of these impressive locals as they begin nesting. With some luck, our boat trip will also produce some of the much sought after, but shy species such as Sungrebe, Boatbilled Heron or Agami Heron. Other possible species include Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Rufous-naped Wood Rail, American Pygmy Kingfisher and Laughing Falcon, Yucatan and Yellow-headed Amazons, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, Northern Cardinal, Couch’s Kingbird and Green-backed Sparrow.,
Lodging and meals at Birds eye view lodge
15th May - more birding at Crooked tree and transfer to Plancencia Area and Red Bank Village
During this transfer if we have time we will call in at Belize Zoo which is the oldest wildlife and rehabilitation facility in Belize.
As soon as we get to Red Banks we settle into our hotel and do some birding in the grounds.
Red Banks is a Maya village located near the southern turnoff of Placencia . The seasonal visits of the Scarlet Macaws are the reason why most birders investigate the village. Other than the obvious roadways throughout the country, the local terrain consists of lush jungles and waterways that are perfect for swimming around in. Several villagers oversee the area and are glad to guide tours deep into the jungle.
16th May - Looking for Scarlet Macaws
The Scarlet Macaw who migrate from the Chiquibal Rainforest for several months each year to feed on the fruit that grow in the area of Red Bank Village, which is where our lodge is located. The magnificent Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao) have chosen the small Mayan Village of Red Bank in South Stann Creek as their seasonal feeding grounds, amounting to the largest concentration of Scarlet Macaws in Belize and the entire Central American region.
A short walk down to a beautiful river provides an ideal opportunity for a cooling swim before returning to the Lodge in time for lunch.
Other species of parrots here are: Red Lored Amazon, Mealy Amazon, Brown Hooded Parrot, White crowned Parrot and Yellow Headed Amazon, plus Olive throated Parakeets
All meals and lodging at Red Banks
17th May - Transfer to Guatemala or the Belize airport.
Depending on participants we will move to Tikal at Guatemala crossing the border at Melchor de Mencos
Border or transfer back to Belize airport for people heading back home.
Parrots to be seen on this Ecotour
Olive-throated Conure – Eupsittula nana astec
Brown-hooded Parrot – Pyrilia haematotis
White-crowned Parrot – Pionus senilis
White-fronted Amazon – Amazona albifrons nana
Yellow-lored Amazon – Amazona xantholora
Red-lored Amazon – Amazona autumnalis autumnalis
Yellow-headed Amazon – Amazona oratrix belizensis
Mealy Amazon – Amazona farinosa guatemalae
I cannot guarantee seeing all or any of these Parrots however we will have a great guide to help us in every way possible.
We will see lots of other bird and animal species.
We also may have better chances of seeing some of the species in Honduras or Guatemala.