Best of Belize 2016: Lamanai Outpost, Chan Chich & Hidden Valley Inn

December 02 - 14, 2016
Tour Length: 13 days Est. Spaces Left:
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Belize is a small, but lovely, tropical country with rainforests, Mayan ruins and beaches, and 600 species of birds. It has the best ecotours infrastructure in Latin America, 60% of the country is preserved in national  Parks, and it’s a great destination for easy tropical birding. We stay at three of the top lodges in Belize with very comfortable accommodations and excellent food.

Photo: Orange-breasted Falcon Hidden Valley, Belize by Marianne Phillips


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Future Departures:
December 01, 2017
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
6 + 1 HLE leader & local leaders
Birds; Mammals; Photography; Butterflies/Insects;
Easy to Moderate ; 1 - 2 mile hikes on mostly flat terrain
Double Accommodation:
$ 5450
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 800
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Although there are many low-cost tours to this region, our Belize tour is designed especially for the discriminating birder who expects excellent lodging and food as well as a fine birding experience. We hope you can join us in the this lovely country! Belize is an English-speaking country with an enormous diversity of birds, plants and wildlife. It has some of the most beautiful reefs in the world, vast rainforests, meandering tropical rivers and ancient Mayan ruins. You’ll experience all of these wonders of Belize in the greatest comfort.

This trip will emphasize tropical birds and the natural history of the tropical forests. In addition, we will spend some time exploring the lost culture of the Maya. As well as a High Lonesome guide, we will utilize licensed native guides to help us locate the best of the flora, fauna and cultural sites that abound.

Lamanai Outpost runs first-rate research programs in archeaology, ornithology and natural history. Chan Chich Lodge’s fine food and luxurious ambiance have made it Belize’s premier eco-lodge. Finally, we will enjoy prime bird watching at the luxurious Hidden Valley Inn in the Mountain Pine Ridge area.



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  • Meeting Location

    Belize City, Belize International Airport


    Excellent to luxurious with good to excellent food.


    From Belize City, including 12 nights lodging, all meals from dinner on 1st day to breakfast on last day, guides,
    excursions, taxes, most tips.


    Alcohol, personal calls, departure tax (about $35 US) other items of a personal nature.

  • Top Birds

    Orange-breasted Falcon; Snail, Hook-billed, Gray-headed, Double-toothed Kites; Jabiru; Boat-billed Heron, Yucatan Nightjar; Yucatan Poorwill; Northern Potoo, Ocelated Turkey, Ornate Hawk-Eagle; Black-and-White Hawk-Eagle; Black Hawk-Eagle; Lovely Cotinga; Keel-billed Toucan; Collared Aracari; Spectacled Owl; Rufous-tailed Jacamar; Pale-billed Woodpecker Chestnut-colored Woodpecker; Gartered, Black-headed, Collared & Slaty-tailed Trogons, Long-tailed Hermit, Purple-crowned Fairy; Blue-crowned Motmot; Stygian Owl; Keel-Billed Motmot; Emerald Toucanet; Red-capped Manakin, Crested Guan; Great Currasow, many others.

    Top Mammals

    Ocelot, Agouti, Jaguar (rare), Tapir (rare), Red Brocket Deer

    Habitats Covered

    Broad-leaf rainforest, riparian, pine forest

    Expected Climate

    Warm & tropical 65 – 85 degrees fahrenheit.

  • Other Attractions

    Mayan ruins. Excellent photographic opportunities.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Anti-diarrhea medicine e.g., Imodium
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Hair Dryer
    • Small alarm clock
    • Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
    • Small tool kit for optics or glasses
    • Field guides
    • Note pads/pens (we provide trip checklists)
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    • Rain hat
    Recommended Reading



  • Laughing Falcon Belize by Rick Woodruff
  • Red-lored Parrot Belize by Marianne Phillips
  • Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Hidden Valley by Marianne Phillips
  • Yucatan Jay, Belize by M Phillips
  • Black-headed Trogon, Lamanai M. Phillips
  • Pale-billed Woodpecker Chan Chich by Kerri Lyle
  • Black-headed Trogon by Marianne Phillips
  • Agami Heron by Randy Bode
  • Agami Heron by Marianne Phillips
  • Bat Falcon by Randy Bode
  • Acropolis at Caracol by Marianne Phillips
  • Northern Barred Woodcreeper by Randy Bode
  • Golden-Olive Woodpecker by Randy Bode
  • Chan Chich Lodge by Randy Bode
  • Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
  • Black-faced Grosbeak by Randy Bode
  • Golden-hooded Tanager by Randy Bode
  • Great Black-Hawk by Randy Bode
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl by Marianne Phillips
  • Howler Monkeys by Randy Bode
  • Hidden Valley cabana interior by Forrest Davis
  • Keel-billed Toucan by Randy Bode
  • Northern Jacana by Marianne Phillips
  • Lunch at Lamanai by Marianne Phillips
  • Boating the New River, Lamanai by Marianne Phillips

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