Belize & Tikal, Guatemala Nature Photo Tour ♦ 7-Day Itinerary

♦ This extraordinary 7-Day/6-Night land-based expedition that travels throughout Belize with a 3-day tour to Tikal, Guatemala.

We visit a Black Howler Monkey Preserve, a Belize Audubon Bird Preserve (300 resident/migratory neotropical birds) and the World's only Jaguar Preserve, in Cockscomb Basin, Belize to search for the elusive cats.

In Guatemala, we explore Central America's most significant Mayan ruins at Tikal to photograph its colorful and abundant tropical wildlife.

Travel is in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with plenty of room for you and your gear. This is one of our most popular expeditions.

Knowledgeable guides assist with species identification and natural history interpretation and wildlife photography instruction of your personalized photography curriculum.

Comfortable regional hotel stays and restaurant visits sample local flavors. A friendly family in Belize invites us in to experience a taste of local culture.

       Itinerary - Belize & Tikal Nature Photo Tour ♦ 7-Day
Tikal Photo Tours

  • Day 1

    Meet guide(s) at Belize City Airport, Belize (BZE). Afternoon spent searching for Jabiru Stork, Red-lored, Yucatan and Yellow-Headed Parrots, Olive-throated Parakeet, Barred Antshrike, Black-headed Trogon and White-collared Manakin. Mid-afternoon (depending on arrival time), travel short distance to Bermudian Landing Howler Monkey Preserve to search for Howlers, Green Iquanas, Bat Falcon, Rose-throated Becard, White-fronted and Yucatan Parrots, Squirrel Cuckoo and Rufous-breasted Spinetails. Short transfer to Crooked Tree Audubon Bird Preserve lodging. Evening return to lodge on banks of Crooked Tree lagoon in the Belize Audubon bird sanctuary. Gourmet welcome dinner at Lodge. Short orientation presentation after dinner. Evening nocturnal bird session on grounds of lodge to search for Common Pauraque. Drift off to the night sounds of the tropical wetland around us.

    •  Day 2


    Belize Bird Photography

    Early morning private 3-hour boat tour of the Lagoon at Belize Audubon Bird Preserve at Crooked Tree to search for Snail Kites, Black-collared Hawk, Jabiru Stork, Yucatan Parrots, Bare-throated Tiger-Herons, Roseate Spoonbill, and Limpkin, among many bird species. Lunch at the Altun Ha Mayan ruins. Afternoon birding the trails and grounds of and lagoon at Altun Ha, along with our Archeology guide for interpretation of the history of the ruins. Evening dinner at local favorite restaurant. Evening review of bird list and following day's itinerary. Bird the grounds of lake-front hotel in the evening for nocturnal birds. Lodge Accommodations.

  • Day 3

    Early morning 3-4-hour drive (with birding stops) south down the spectacularly scenic "Hummingbird Highway", along the rugged Maya Mountains of southern Belize and into the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. Search for Collared-Araçari, Keel-billed Toucan and Grey Hawk en route. Lunch at local restaurant in the Stann Creek area. Siesta after lunch at cabanas to enjoy the beach at Hopkins and village life. Afternoon birding along wetlands of Hopkins to search for Jabiru Stork and Roseate Spoonbills, etc.. or relax underneath to Coconut Palms listening to the gentle Caribbean breezes, while watching Magnificent Frigate Birds dive the surf for an easy meal. Dinner in Hopkins along the beach. Evening relax to the sounds of the ocean waves gently lapping the beachfront and the soft tropical breezes flowing through the coconut palm fronds. Evening beachfront cabaña accommodations in the coastal village of Hopkins.

  • Day 4

    Early morning depature to enter Cockcomb Basin Jaguar Preserve preserve and explore jungle trails/rivers and inner-forest birds like Great Tinamou, Great Curassow, Crested Guan, Passerini's Tanager and Thrush-like Shiffornis.

    Belize Beach Tours
    Slowly bird the road into the preserve, looking for White-necked Jacobin and other hummingbirds. Trail hike (easy but humid) into the densest tropical forest we encounter on the trip. Extremely challenging top-level birding for birds like Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Dot-winged Antwren, Eye-ringed Flatbill and Plain Xenops, etc.. We often see fresh evidence of Jaguars here.

    Late morning departure for drive to Tikal, Guatemala. Travel north towards the Cayo District of western Belize. Mid-day drive to the bird-rich St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park. Lunch in western Belize village of San Ignacio at a secluded birdy spot along the Mopan River. Cross border and continue on to Tikal area. Check-in at hotel on the banks of Lake Petén Itzá. Short afternoon walk around town to bird watch and explore local culture, artisan shopping (optional.) Dinner at hotel. Hotel accommodations.

  • Day 5

    Belize Mayan Ruins Photo Tours

    Early morning departure for drive to Tikal National Park in the Péten region of Guatemala. Search for Royal Flycatcher, Black-faced Antthrush, Slaty-breasted & Great Tinamou, Orange-breasted Falcon, White-crowned Parrot, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Red-capped Manakin and Pheasant Cuckoo. Lunch near ruins or back in town. Afternoon siesta. Bird the Cerro Cahui Nature Park. Walking tour of town before dinner. Dinner at hotel. Evening review of bird list. Tarantula walk to search for Red-bellied Tarantulas. Hotel accommodations.

    Tikal Bird Watching Tours

  • Day 6

    Belize Luxury Photo Tour White-necked Jacobin Photo

    Breakfast at hotel, with shopping option at stores around hotel area. Drive to Flores, Guatemala to explore tourism zone on Lake Petén Itzá. Central market place exploration, explore culture of village and local artisans. Lunch in Flores. Afternoon birding around Lake Petén Itzá. Review species checklists while absorbing last sunset on Lake Petén Itzá. Return to hotel for late farewell dinner. Evening search for nocturnal birds and Red-bellied Tarantulas. Hotel accommodations.

  • Day 7
  • Hopkins, Belize Beach and Birding Tours


    Breakfast in San Ignacio restaurant.. Stop at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins to search for Blue-crowned Motmot and Common Potoo, etc. Morning departure back to Belize City Airport for mid-day flight schedules. End Expedition.

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Birding in BelizeTrip Details

Belize and Tikal, Guatemala
Bird & Wildlife Photography Expedition

Duration: 7-days/6-nights
Limit: 6 or Private Expedition
Activity Level: Easy/Moderate
Accommodations: Regional Hotels, Local Restaurants
Trip Start: Belize City Airport, Belize, Central America (BZE)
Approx. Cost: Contact for details.


Trip Cost

Prices are based on group size, double occupancy* and trip duration/destination

  • 2 clients: $3695 per person + taxes
  • 3 clients: $3495 per person + taxes
  • 4 clients: $3295 per person + taxes
  • 5 clients: $3195 per person + taxes
  • 6 clients: $3095 per person + taxes

  • 1 client: $7995 per person + taxes

   * Single client tours also available.

Reservations/Cancelations Policy »

Trip Highlights:

- Crooked Tree Bird Preserve
- Bermudian Landing
- Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
- Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve
- Hopkins
- Stann Creek
- Cayo District
- San Ignacio
- Mountain Pine Ridge

Possible Sightings:

Black Howler Monkey
Central American Spider Monkey
Morelet's Crocodile
Green Iquana & Basilisk Lizard
Parrot species (8)
Jaguar (extremely rare)
Jabiru Stork
Red Brocket Deer
Northern Jacana
Keel-Billed Toucan, Collared Araçari, and Emerald Toucanet
Many more...

Accommodations & Amenities

Route Map: 7-Day Belize & Tikal Tour

Belize Bird Photography Tours Map