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4-Days Belize and 3-Days Tikal, Guatemela Birding Tour - 'Itinerary - Natural'

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   ITINERARY - NATURAL
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Tour Highlights

   ✅ Crooked Tree Audubon Bird Preserve
   ✅ Bermudian Landing Baboon Sanctuary
   ✅ Altun Ha/Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
   ✅ St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park
   ✅ Guanacaste National Park
   ✅ Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve
   ✅ Mountain Pine Ridge
   ✅ Barton Creek/Cayo District
   ✅ Tikal National Park, Guatemala

4-Day Belize/ 3-Day
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Day 1: Lunch, Dinner

ARRIVAL - BELIZE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT • CROOKED TREE BIRD PRESERVE

Meet guide(s) at Belize City Airport, Belize (BZE). Afternoon spent searching for Jabiru Stork, Red-lored, Yucatan and Yellow-Headed Parrots, Olive-throated Parakeet, Barred Antshrike, Black-headed Trogon and White-collared Manakin. Mid-afternoon (depending on arrival time), travel short distance to Bermudian Landing Howler Monkey Preserve to search for Howlers, Green Iquanas, Bat Falcon, Rose-throated Becard, White-fronted and Yucatan Parrots, Squirrel Cuckoo and Rufous-breasted Spinetails. Short transfer to Crooked Tree Audubon Bird Preserve lodging. Evening return to lodge on banks of Crooked Tree lagoon in the Belize Audubon bird sanctuary. Gourmet welcome dinner at Lodge. Short orientation presentation after dinner. Evening nocturnal bird session on grounds of lodge to search for Common Pauraque. Drift off to the night sounds of the tropical wetland around us.


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Day 2: B, L, D

CROOKED TREE AUDUBON PRESERVE • ALTUN HA MAYAN RUINS

Early morning private 3-hour boat tour of the Lagoon at Belize Audubon Bird Preserve at Crooked Tree to search for Snail Kites, Black-collared Hawk, Jabiru Stork, Yucatan Parrots, Bare-throated Tiger-Herons, Roseate Spoonbill, and Limpkin, among many bird species. Lunch at the Altun Ha Mayan ruins. Afternoon birding the trails and grounds of and lagoon at Altun Ha, along with our Archeology guide for interpretation of the history of the ruins. Evening dinner at local favorite restaurant. Evening review of bird list and following day's itinerary. Bird the grounds of lake-front hotel in the evening for nocturnal birds. Lodge Accommodations.

Day 3 B, L, D

COCKSCOMB BASIN JAGUAR PRESERVE • HUMMINGBIRD HIGHWAY • HOPKINS

Early morning 3-4-hour drive (with birding stops) south down the spectacularly scenic "Hummingbird Highway", along the rugged Maya Mountains of southern Belize and into the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. Search for Collared-Araçari, Keel-billed Toucan and Grey Hawk en route. Lunch at local restaurant in the Stann Creek area. Siesta after lunch at cabanas to enjoy the beach at Hopkins and village life. Afternoon birding along wetlands of Hopkins to search for Jabiru Stork and Roseate Spoonbills, etc.. or relax underneath to Coconut Palms listening to the gentle Caribbean breezes, while watching Magnificent Frigate Birds dive the surf for an easy meal. Dinner in Hopkins along the beach. Evening relax to the sounds of the ocean waves gently lapping the beachfront and the soft tropical breezes flowing through the coconut palm fronds. Evening beachfront cabaña accommodations in the coastal village of Hopkins.

Day 4 B, L, D

TRANSFER TO TIKAL, GUATEMALA • ST. HERMAN'S BLUE HOLE N.P.

Early morning depature to enter Cockcomb Basin Jaguar Preserve preserve and explore jungle trails/rivers and inner-forest birds like Great Tinamou, Great Curassow, Crested Guan, Passerini's Tanager and Thrush-like Shiffornis. Slowly bird the road into the preserve, looking for White-necked Jacobin and other hummingbirds. Trail hike (easy but humid) into the densest tropical forest we encounter on the trip. Extremely challenging top-level birding for birds like Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Dot-winged Antwren, Eye-ringed Flatbill and Plain Xenops, etc.. We often see fresh evidence of Jaguars here.

Late morning departure for drive to Tikal, Guatemala. Travel north towards the Cayo District of western Belize. Mid-day drive to the bird-rich St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park. Lunch in western Belize village of San Ignacio at a secluded birdy spot along the Mopan River. Cross border and continue on to Tikal area. Check-in at hotel on the banks of Lake Petén Itzá. Short afternoon walk around town to bird watch and explore local culture, artisan shopping (optional.) Dinner at hotel. Hotel accommodations.


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Day 5 B, L, D

TIKAL MAYAN RUINS

Early morning departure for drive to Tikal National Park in the Péten region of Guatemala. Search for Royal Flycatcher, Black-faced Antthrush, Slaty-breasted & Great Tinamou, Orange-breasted Falcon, White-crowned Parrot, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Red-capped Manakin and Pheasant Cuckoo. Lunch near ruins or back in town. Afternoon siesta. Bird the Cerro Cahui Nature Park. Walking tour of town before dinner. Dinner at hotel. Evening review of bird list. Tarantula walk to search for Red-bellied Tarantulas. Hotel accommodations.

Day 6 B, L, D

FLORES, GUATEMALA CULTURE AND ARTISAN TOUR

Breakfast at hotel, with shopping option at stores around hotel area. Drive to Flores, Guatemala to explore tourism zone on Lake Petén Itzá. Central market place exploration, explore culture of village and local artisans. Lunch in Flores. Afternoon birding around Lake Petén Itzá. Review species checklists while absorbing last sunset on Lake Petén Itzá. Return to hotel for late farewell dinner. Evening search for nocturnal birds and Red-bellied Tarantulas. Hotel accommodations.


Xunantunich Birding Tours with Belize Birding Tours and Jon Friedman

Day 7 B

XUNANTUNICH MAYAN RUINS • TRANSFER TO AIRPORT • END EXPEDITION

Breakfast in San Ignacio restaurant.. Stop at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins to search for Blue-crowned Motmot and Common Potoo, etc. Morning departure back to Belize City Airport for mid-day flight schedules. End Expedition.




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