Wildlife

Jungle River Kayaking & Baboon Sanctuary (Full Day)

31Jul

Have you have kayaked through the rivers of a tropical jungle?  How about seeing a howler monkey up close and personal?

Take a tour starting with a boat trip from San Pedro to the mainland of Belize, where you will begin a kayaking expedition through Belizean jungle rivers.  On an inflatable kayak, you will carve your way through class two, three, and four rapids and cascading falls.  All the while, you will enjoy breath-taking scenery, including parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, iguanas and kingfishers – not to mention a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, epiphytic cactuses and more.   

 

Then you will head to Bermuda Landing, also known as the Baboon Sanctuary.  This is the home of the howler monkey.  Howler monkey families watch as you travel up river through the savannah while iguanas, known locally as bamboo chicken, sun themselves along the river.  View monkeys, iguanas, birds, and crocodiles up close and personal on this river adventure.  You can even greet the howler monkeys with a hand shake or a mild caress. 

*Includes: Round trip by boat, full guided tour, entrance fees, tax, and lunch.   Departs at 7:00am and returns at 5:30pm.   Additional US $25.00 per person for travel by plane.

Minimum of 2 people to confirm.

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (Full Day)

24Jul

From the reef to the rainforest, your day begins with a flight over to the mainland where breakfast will be served, and then you will travel down the Western Highway and off through a feeder road at Teakettle Village, entering the rich jungle. There, you will gear up for a 45 minute jungle hike through the dense subtropical forest.  Along the way, you will most likely run into some of Belize’s amazing wildlife such as Tapir (the Belize national animal), Howler Monkey, Silky Anteater, and White Tail Deer just to name a few.

And then you reach the entrance of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM).

 

When you arrive at base camp, which is used by the BVAR Archaeological Group, lunch will be served followed by a briefing on the cave. After gearing up with professional cave helmets, lights and water proof bags, you will explore this ancient cave.  Dive into the cave’s entrance and swim through the refreshing and crystal clear cave water into passages filled with jaw-dropping formations.  Guides will educate you about Cave Geology, Mayan Rituals and Ceremonies, and even explore the remnants left and evidence of their activities from centuries ago.  You may discover sacred Mayan fossils, and you just may scream, like you’re living an Indiana Jones movie.

 

Warning!  This tour is not for children afraid of the dark!

 

Remember to bring a change of clothes, water shoes, bug repellent, socks and camera are recommended.

 

Trip includes: Flights, breakfast, guides, lunch , park fees, water, sodas and beer.

2 person minimum.

Horseback Riding & Cave Tubing (Full Day)

21Jul

For adventurous people of all ages, the day begins as you take a cruise from San Pedro by boat towards the mainland and up the Belize River.  As you enjoy the early morning sights and sounds on the river, you will be served a light breakfast.  Once at Manatee Lookout,  a private bus will take you along the Western Highway to Banana Bank Lodge, which has the largest equestrian ranch in the country.  Here you will get to ride on horseback through the jungle and along the Mopan River.

Originating in Guatamala, the Mopan inhabits populations of parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, and iguanas.  Kingfishers can be spotted along the banks and in the air, and a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, and epiphytic cactuses accent the wildlife diversity.

After the horseback ride, there will be a thirty minute nature walk where you will get to see a variety of tropical birds, spider monkeys, and Tica the Jaguar.

Then you will head to Jaguar Paw Resort by bus.  At Jaguar Paw, you will have a delightful lunch of local fare.  Then it is time to change into your bathing suit and head up the trail to Mouth of the Caves.  Here you will put on a head lamp and splash into the cool, refreshing waters of the River in an individual inner tube.  Then you begin your float through the cave systems once inhabited by the ancient Mayan people.  Once back at Jaguar Paw, you can change back into dry clothes before we begin the return trip to San Pedro.

This trip includes breakfast, lunch, beer, sodas, rum punch, water, and snacks.

Minimum 8 persons

By plane: additional $25.00 US per person plus cab fare.

$5.00 Us entrance fee is not included.

Cave Tubing & Belize Zoo (Full Day)

18Jul

This wonderful day begins as the boat picks you up and makes its way towards the mainland.  Once you reach the mainland, you will cruise up the Old Belize River while enjoying a light breakfast and viewing crocodiles, iguanas, and howler monkeys.  You will also see a rich variety of flora.

Once at Manatee Lodge, you will hop on a private bus taking you to Jaguar Paw, where our guides will take you along a hike through the rainforest featuring exotic flora and fauna.

The hike ends at the periphery of a small gorge.  Here, the more adventurous leap from the edge into the still waters below.  The more faint of heart are led down a side path, to the entrance of a water filled cave, a place of ceremony for the ancient Maya.

Entering it, you’ll understand and feel why the Maya held this place as sacred. The mouth of the cave is like a portal to another world, and the limestone and crystal formations could only be created by Mother Nature.  Floating in your inner tube, you will journey effortlessly through this magical cavern beneath the jungle floor, eyes drawn to recesses of light exposing small oases of sandy beaches.

After floating through the fresh water river, you will return to the lodge, enjoy lunch, and then head towards the world famous Belize Zoo.

The Belize Zoo is called the “Best Little Zoo in the World” for a reason.  The first thing you may notice is the absence of concrete and bars because this zoo is built into a lush tropical savannah.

The zoo exhibits over 125 species of animals, all native to Belize, in a setting so entirely natural that it meets the approval of a wide variety of non-exhibit animals that have also chosen to call it home.

Visitors enjoy a remarkably intimate experience, with guides who are members of the zoo’s small zoo-keeping staff, who, like proud parents or pet owners, gush with intimate love and knowledge of the inhabitants.

But here’s why YOU will love this zoo:

  • Up close, the colors of a keel billed toucan are UNREAL.
  • At the Belize Zoo, you will encounter an animal weighing over 400 pounds, you probably never heard of.
  • Because the great and charismatic harpy eagle, Panama, with talons larger than the claws of a grizzly bear (and capable of exerting over 50 kilograms of pressure) loves to swoop in REAL CLOSE to carefully observe his visitors, and being that close to an animal of such exquisite beauty is nothing short of awe inspiring.
  • A lion’s roar is nothing compared to the roar of the howler monkey.
  • Because you’ll never see how gorgeous the rare black jaguar is by looking at photos.
  • Because you’ve probably never petted or fed a young jaguar, and being licked by one, if you’re lucky enough during the Zoo’s unique ‘Jaguar encounters’ with Buddy the hand raised jaguar, is an experience to brag about for a life-time.

These are just some of the rare, colourful, and unusual animals of the great Mesoamerican rain forest you’ll find at the Belize Zoo, and this is your opportunity to see them, up close and personal.

Includes: round trip by boat, tour guide(s), entrance fee, and lunch. Does not include $20 US Park Fee

Altun Ha Wildlife Tour to Baboon Sanctuary (Full Day)

18Jul

On a boat cruise from San Pedro Town to and through the Belize River, you will travel approximately 24 miles from Belize City to Bermuda Landing.  Along the way you will pass through several villages by the river valley.

Bermuda Landing, also known as the Baboon Sanctuary, is home of the howler monkey.  Howler monkey families watch as you travel up river through the savannah while iguanas, known locally as bamboo chicken, sun themselves along the river.  View monkeys, iguanas, birds, and crocodiles up close and personal on this river adventure.  You can even greet the howler monkeys with a hand shake or a mild caress.

Then you will explore Altun Ha, the first Mayan site to be discovered in Belize, and on this tour, you will get to see first hand the gorgeous landscaping, genius ancient architecture, and Belize’s famous and ornately carved Jade Head of Kinich Ahau, the Mayan Sun God.

Climb the steps of the largest of Altun Ha’s temple-pyramids, the “Temple of the Masonry Altars”, which is 54 feet (16 m) high and is preserved on the logo of Belikin, Belize’s leading brand of beer.

Included is a light breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, beers, rum punch, purified water.

Entrance fee $10.00 US not included