Belize Birding & Culture Tour

Ladyville, Belize

IndiGo Birding Nature Tours
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8 reviews
Dec 9 - 16, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10
Belize Birding & Culture Tour
Ladyville, Belize

IndiGo Birding Nature Tours
  • Email address verified
8 reviews

Dec 9 - 16, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip

The Central American country of Belize, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, is an emerging destination for North American birders because of its close proximity to the U.S., diverse cultures and food, and nearly 600 species of birds in an area the size of New Jersey. It also helps that Belize is an English-speaking country with the friendliest and most genuine people you will ever meet. Belize is such a magical place, and we want to share it with you. We’ve arranged the best local guides and tours, mixing birding trips to different habitats with cultural tours and boat trips. Check out the itinerary to get a day-by-day understanding of this amazing adventure! 


One of the beautiful aspects of this trip is the variety of accommodations we use, particularly when it comes to each place's setting. We will spend the first night at Black Orchid Resort, located near the airport and a great place to rejuvenate after a day of travel. We will then spend 3 nights at Black Rock Lodge, an eco-lodge along the Macal River at the edge of the jungle. Our next stop is for one night at Bird's Eye View Lodge in the village of Crooked Tree, before visiting Lamanai Outpost Lodge for our final two nights. At each place we will eat well, see beautiful birds, and relax in beautiful surroundings with comfortable accommodations.  


Because we are traveling as a group, we require that anyone participating in this tour is up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. We also encourage everyone to get their annual flu shots. All lodges that we stay at are Tourism Gold Standard for health and safety.

What’s included

  • Tours
    Boat trips, bird walks, Mayan Archaeological Sites, the Belize Zoo, Chocolate-making demo, plus the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.
  • Guides
    Some of the best birding guides in Belize! Plus David travels with the group serving as tour organizer and assistant guide.
  • Lodging
    Accommodations at eco-lodges and similar hotels.
  • Transportation
    Ride in comfortable buses and vans.
  • Tips
    Let us do the tipping.

What’s not included

  • Flights
    Tour begins in the Belize airport. You are responsible for booking your own flights, but we will give recommended arrival and departure times for the BZE airport.
  • Drinks
    You'll need to pay for alcoholic beverages and extra drinks at lodges.
  • Trip Insurance
    Highly recommended. We can make some suggestions.
  • Souvenirs
  • Laundry Service
    Available at a couple of the lodges.
  • Massages
    Can be scheduled 24 hours in advance at Black Rock Lodge.

Available Packages

Double occupancy

You will share a room with spouse, partner, or friend. You will be able to enter your roommate's info later in the booking process. 

Deposit: $650
Single Occupancy

A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available on this trip at an extra cost. If you would like a roommate but don't have one, please register as double occupancy (one person) and I will try to find a roommate for you. If no one is available when the trip is full, you will have the choice to withdraw or pay the single occupancy rate.

Deposit: $1,000


Day 1
Arrival in Belize

Our meeting spot is in the connections lobby of the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Ladyville, Belize, preferably before 2:00 p.m. A driver from Black Orchid Resort will be there to transport us to the resort, where we will check in to the Garden View Rooms. For those wanting to get out and explore, an optional guided boat trip on the Belize River will be available. If you would prefer relaxing and watching the Black-crowned Tityra (pictured above), orioles, and warblers on the resort grounds, that is also an option. We will enjoy dinner in the resort restaurant, then get to bed to rest up for the big days ahead. 

Your Organizer

IndiGo Birding Nature Tours
8 reviews
IndiGo Birding Nature Tours is a birding & kayaking guide service for Indiana, Chicago, & Central America. David Rupp started the business in 2013 with the goal of connecting people with nature through birding. He welcomes all levels of nature enthusiasts for relaxed and personalized tours designed for creating memorable birding experiences.


We loved this birding trip to Costa Rica with IndiGo Birding and Lifer Nature Tours. Inexperienced birders were welcomed, the length (9 nights) was just right, the eco-lodges were relaxing and retreat-like, and the meals were excellent. We were able to choose our own meals from the menus, which was very nice. Our guides, David Rupp, and local guide Jorge Gabriel Campos, were so knowledgeable , patient and flexible. The daily activities and locations were varied. We always felt well cared for! The amazing bird species and exotic animals were thrilling for us, as first time visitors to Costa Rica. Thank you to our guides and many new friends!
By Lynn R for Costa Rica with Lifer Nature Tours on Apr 30, 2024
This was my second time birding in Costa Rica, truly a wonderful destination for beautiful birds and scenery, delicious food, comfortable lodges, and friendly people. Our guide Jorge and driver Raoul were exceptional and I would like to thank them, David Rupp of Indigobirding, and my travel companions for making this trip a true pleasure.
By Margaret K for Costa Rica with Lifer Nature Tours on Apr 30, 2024
Our Belize trip was terrific. David is a talented leader and provided excellent lodges, the best local guides and a well paced group. He did a great job of reading the group and following our lead about the pace. There were options every day about how to participate. The integration of birding, the natural beauty of Belize and the Mayan ruins and culture made for a special trip. The local arrangements were seamless. After the trip a few of us stayed on to go to the ocean and he provided us with recommendations for that part of the trip as well.
By Alice T for Belize Birding & Culture Private Tour on Mar 28, 2024
Trip of a lifetime! Both my wife and I are novice "birders" so this trip was really perfect for us. The birding was fantastic and the cultural tours were amazing for us. David and the local guides were unbelievably good! Their knowledge and expertise was incredible. Accommodations were all amazing. Belize is a wonderful country and should be on your bucket list.
By David B for Belize Birding & Culture Tour on Mar 21, 2024
I’ve been birding with David for several years and I greatly admire his ability to identify birds in flight, as well as by their calls and songs. What impresses me most is that David knows all the hotspot habitats of different birds in Indiana. Each birding tour is like a treasure hunt. I always come home filled with awe, wonder and joy! Commonly, David emails us a list of birds we’ve seen during the tour. I’ve learned so much from him. It’s rare to have a birding guide who’s not only a naturalist and knowledgeable about birds, plants and trees, but also a highly skilled photographer and a dedicated conservationist. David is a very gifted birder. For me, he is a bird whisperer committed to helping us connect spiritually with our fellow feathered friends through knowledge and understanding. The Belize trip in February of 2024 was a trip of a lifetime. We saw or heard (mostly saw) over 180 species of birds within a week. It’s exhilarating to see so many gorgeous and exotic-looking colorful birds every day. Besides David, we had two very knowledgeable local guides who helped us identify birds and took us to Mayan sites to learn about the Mayan culture. The entire trip was very informative and well organized, as have been all previous birding trips that I’ve had with David. We had fantastic accommodations and food, which greatly enhanced our experience in Belize. I relish viewing David’s photos in the Google album that he created after the trip. The photos help me remember and reminisce about the wonderful time we had in Belize. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I highly recommend the trip to everyone. Bettina Hahn
By Chun-Fang H for Belize Birding & Culture Tour on Mar 07, 2024
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