Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Nature Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary
Gold Standard
Yes
District/Region
Belize
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Description
Highlights
  • Various Species of Birds
  • Iguanas & Monkeys
  • Hiking Trails
  • Cashew Festival

About Location
Known as one of Belize’s top birding spots, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (pardon the pun) spans 16,400 acres and includes more than 3,000 acres of lagoons, swamp and marsh. Take a canoe for a close-up look at crocodiles, iguanas, turtles, coatis and (depending on luck and time of year) the jabiru stork. With a wingspan of up to 12 feet, the jabiru is the largest flying bird in Central and South America. Some say they’re bigger than some of our airplanes.

While birding is great any time of year down here, the peak time is the dry season from November to May. At any time of year, even on a one- to three-hour tour, you’re likely to see 20 to 40 different species of birds everything from snowy egrets and snail kites to ospreys and black-collared hawks. There are two types of duck, Muscovy and black-bellied whistling, and all five species of kingfishers. So many birds, no matter how much time you spend here.

Not in the mood to hike around looking at birds? You can rent canoes, bikes, even horses to see your feathered friends. The Belize Audubon Society manages the sanctuary, and the visitor center has free trail maps.
 
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Tours & Shuttles
$
184
/ Adult
Departs From:
Belize City
Provider:
“No’hoch Che’en” national park has one of the most relaxing cave experience in Belize. Here you will be fitted with a helmet, a headlight, life jacket, and ... moreappropriate flotation tube. We take a 45 minute relaxing ride down the lazy river and under the jungle canopy. We make sure nobody stays in the underworld! It is a 30 – 45 minute hike to the entrance of the caves. Once we reach the entrance you will board your floating tubes and be navigated through the underworld by one of our experienced guides.

In the caves you will see eagles, turtles, mammoths, sharks, jelly fish, Indiana Jones and even Darth Vador. Once we exit the caves you will continue down the lazy river for another 15 minutes right back to the starting point of the tour. It will be one of the most peaceful and relaxing days of your life.

Departure time is 8:00 - 8:30 am
From Belize City

Things to wear:
comfortable walking shoes, water shoes, comfortable athletic clothes, bathing suite, sun block, bug spray.
$
125
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
The tour begins with pick up from your hotel or terminal. We then drive along the Philip Goldson Highway to the wildlife sanctuary. At the sanctuary, we will then board a boat and ... moretraverse one of the creeks that branch off from the main lagoon, Black-collared Hawks, Snail Kites, Great-black Hawks, Green Herons, Boat-billed Herons, American Pygmy, and Green Kingfishers are all possibilities. After the boat ride, we will then travel the pine-oak savannahs in search of Acorn Woodpecker, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Woodpecker, Olive Sparrow, Vermilion Flycatcher, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture and more. Our last stop in the village is the western lagoon where we search for the illusive Pinnated Bittern.
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