Belize | Neotropical Birds, Mayan Ruins and the Barrier Reef with Diana McPherson
February 2, 2024 - February 11, 2024$4995
Photograph your way through the beautiful country of Belize on this 10-day adventure with Diana McPherson. In what is now Belize, the ancient Maya civilization once flourished, leaving behind cities, temples, pyramids, and observatories still standing, enshrouded in tree cover. Amid rainforests and valleys, archeological sites tell the story of this culturally rich region while also providing habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna, including hundreds of bird species. Traverse fertile wetlands, savannas, Caribbean pine forests, mountainous terrain, and more while seeking out resident and migratory avifauna. Then, marvel at the stunning views and marine wildlife of the world’s second largest barrier reef along Belize’s Caribbean coast.
~ Discover both concentrated flocks and rare sightings of avifauna in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, such as the Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Black-collared Hawk, and Neotropic Cormorant.
~ Visit the Belize Zoo for up-close encounters with some of the country’s native fauna, including a pair of Harpy Eagles.
~ Observe the wildlife that live within the ancient structures of temples, altars, ball courts, and residential buildings of the Cahal Pech Maya ruins.
~ Meet with a local community member to learn about the conservation projects to maintain the magnificent Scarlet Macaw.
~ Explore Ambergris Caye, the country’s biggest island, in several birding and snorkeling excursions.
~ Explore Belize’s first and oldest protected site, Half Moon Caye, for red-footed boobies and potentially 120 other bird species.