For Nature Lovers
Bioluminescence tours begin at six in the evening up the Sittee River. Everyone gets a flashlight but the tour guide gets the brightest. The river buzzes with the sounds of nocturnal creatures coming to life. Animals such as kinkajous, birds and huge iguanas are seen on the tree tops. Learn about the variety of flora and fauna and most of all look out for crocs; their gleaming eyes can be seen from a distance. The most fantastic part of this tour is speeding in the Anderson Lagoon! Once the boat begins to move faster, you can see a trail of blue neon lights as a result of bioluminescent algae in action. While cruising, you get to see the marvelous trail of lights left behind by the fishes. As the boat starts moving faster in circles, the lagoon lights up and you can touch the water and feel the wonder of this phenomenon.
River Canoeing, kayaking and River tubing is an awesome adventure. San Ignacio is divided by two rivers, the Macal and Mopan River. Either of these rivers provide and adventure for everyone. Enjoy paddling down the river with rapids and deep green water! Along with these thrilling adventures, you’ll get to see wildlife on the river banks such as: iguanas, spider monkeys, bats and birds.
The Scarlet Macaw Tour takes you deep into the Chiquibul Nature Reserve. This incredible tour takes you on a short boat ride to the only area in Belize where the scarlet macaws are nesting. There are approximately 100 mating pairs left in the reserve, and this small education tour teaches society to protect wildlife. These birds are definitely a jewel to Belize.
Horseback Riding can be done at a Mayan Ruin or around a farm, or you can combine both. No experience is needed to go riding, every tour is guided by a professional who gives a few lessons before beginning. However, there are some tours available that does require riding experience. Explore Mother Nature at its best- crossing rivers and climbing Maya Mountains!
Monkey River cruise takes you 30 minutes up the river through a mangrove maze. On this specific tour, you get to explore mangrove habitat and watch for manatees, porpoise, birds and crocodiles. After an hour, everyone comes off the boat and enjoys a short walk in the jungle in search of Howler Monkeys. The tour guides have a special way to call monkeys so you can see them. Once the monkeys are aroused, they begin to howl so loud that you can hear them from a mile away. On this little tour you can also run into wild animals such as gibnuts, tapirs, peccaries and agoutis. After the tour, everyone returns to the Monkey River Village for a Creole lunch along with a small tour. As soon as the tour is finished, everyone boards the boat and is transported back to Placencia.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary has the only Jaguar Preserve on earth, and is the home of Belize’s largest point- The Victoria Peek. This Jaguar Preserve contains about six different species of wild cats including pumas and jaguars. It also known for its spectacular waterfalls, nature trails, mountain views, and vast collection of birds. Other animals such as tapirs, deer, agouti and other wildlife inhabit this tropical forest.
The Cockscomb Basin offers cabins and camping grounds for overnight visitors. Enjoy the richness of a tropical dense forest decorated with exotic leaves and flowers. Cockscomb is a reservoir of biodiversity with hundreds of species making the community unique.
The value of this Sanctuary is way more than protecting our endangered species. Its purpose is to protect the upper watersheds of river system for the community. Cockscomb has two basins which are separated by a ridge of land. The east drains into Stann Creek valley and the west drains into Swasey River and on to the Monkey River.
“The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is a magical place where wonders and diversity are accessible to both the casual and serious visitor.” –Mark Nolan, World Wildlife Fund
The Belize Zoo is on the way to and from the International Airport. It is the first natural destination in Belize that is accessible to visitors with disability. It is also a non-government, non-profit organization focusing on wildlife conservation. Enjoy a 29 acre tropical savanna buzzing with Belizean wildlife with over 170 animals. The most exciting part of the Belize zoo is the jaguar encounter. Yes! “Junior Buddy Encounter” is real. Junior Buddy was raised by the staff in the zoo and is a charismatic ambassador for his species. Enjoy a “jaguar kiss” from the most beautiful cat on earth!