The Belize Bird Language Bonanza
This expedition will be a unique adventure that will help you understand the complex interactions that are occurring at each moment between the creatures that reside here! Our specially trained guides will teach you how to read animal tracks and how to recognize what the birds are saying about each other and any predators that are on the move, enabling you to piece together everything that is happening around you. You will explore different habitats to see the variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles that live on the coast, in jungles, along mountain slopes, and in open pine savannahs. Following tracks and listening to the clues of our feathered friends may also reveal the presence of some of Belize’s most mysterious inhabitants, perhaps even the legendary jaguar!
The Belize Bird Language Bonanza
December – April
Experience & Activity Level:
Previous tracking experience helpful but not required.
Participants should be in good physical condition and
be comfortable with high humidity, getting wet, etc.
3 star jungle lodges and national park bunkhouses
Starting at $4,790 per person ($435 single supplement)
- Paynes Creek National Park
- Punta Gorda
- Rio Blanco National Park
- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Belize is a magical destination in Central America that is lightly populated with humans, but rich with a tremendous diversity of wildlife. On this wonderful excursion, you will explore on foot the different habitats this Caribbean country has to offer, looking for tracks and sign of numerous species of mammals and reptiles while simultaneously listening to bird language. You will learn to understand what birds are telling you about the whereabouts and behavior of other creatures, both on the ground and in the air; this includes predators like wild cats (jaguar, puma, ocelots, margays, jaguarundis), wild canines (coyotes, foxes), monkeys, peccaries, tapirs, tree snakes, and birds of prey (accipiters, hawks, eagles) as well as other fascinating reptiles and amphibians.
Your trip will begin when you land in Belize City, where you will be escorted by vehicle down to the southern coast of Belize your first evening for an introductory dinner about your ten day journey. The next morning you will take a boat ride to Paynes Creek National Park. Here, you will spend the next three days led by your expert guides who will show you all the diversity this amazing park has to offer including pine savannah woodlands, wetlands, estuaries, mangrove forests, lagoons, and sandy beaches.
They will show you how to identify the tracks, trails and sign of all the animals in the park, and also teach you how to understand bird language so that you will be aware of what is happening in real-time on the landscape around you. You will also get to see the variety of exotic parrots and other birds that inhabit the park and hear the mysterious calls of owls in the evening, plus get a chance to snorkel along the coral reef and walk the beach looking for tracks and signs of nesting sea turtles.
On the fifth day you will head to the Rio Grande River near the town of Punta Gorda, for morning tracking and bird language activities on a broadleaf canopied trail which leads out to the open sea. In the afternoon you will go kayaking up the Rio Grande looking for crocodiles and hicatee turtles, while simultaneously watching for activity and signs of other animals along the river banks. Next, you will head to Rio Blanco National Park which where you will spend the following two days engaging in more tracking and bird language activities in an upland broadleaf forest and viewing the stunning waterfalls that are scattered throughout the park.
Upon leaving Rio Blanco National Park you will make a stop at the Nim Li Punit Mayan ruins, where you will have a guided tour of this fascinating complex and the opportunity to learn about the ancient people who first settled in Belize and their traditional ways of life. Afterward, you will proceed to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary for the last leg of your journey; here, you will spend the final two days listening to the voices of the birds and tracking animals on the eastern slopes of the Maya mountains, where the mighty jaguar and many other secretive creatures reside.
After you explore the extensive network of trails in the montane jungles of Cockscomb, you will have a final farewell evening meal and then pack up the following morning and head by vehicle back to Belize City for your departure flight. As you return home you will no doubt ponder all that you have experienced and learned about bird language and animal behavior, as well as recount the amazing sights and sounds you have witnessed in this small country that contains so much natural wonders!