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Belize Itinerary
2022 Trip Schedule

Once Known as British Honduras, Belize is a country culturally distinct and biologically rich. Because of its low population density and conservation-minded government, much of Belize is still forested. Programme for Belize, which hosts this course, manages, and protects 260,000 acres of this forest, and their main field station at La Milpa is where participants of this course spend the first half of their trip. The station is surrounded by the forest, and wildlife can be heard and observed from the front porch of the station buildings, which are charming and comfortable. The many trails through the forest, and the nearby un-excavated Mayan ruins are full of wildlife. Exploring the environs here is simply amazing. The coast of Belize includes many atolls such as Glovers Reef. Glovers Reef is considered among the most biodiverse marine environments in all of the Caribbean.

Image by Michiel Ton

Trip Type A
La Milpa & Glovers Reef
11 Days
$2,350 Per Person

1. June 9-14 La Milpa, June 14-19 Glovers (A)

2. June 20-25 La Milpa, June 25-30 Glovers (A)

3. July 11-16 La Milpa, July 16-21 Glovers (A) (Fully Booked)

Image by Jason Sosa

Trip Type B
La Milpa & Hill Bank
8 Days
$1,750 Per Person

1. July 1-8 La Milpa & Hill Bank (B)
2. June 20-27 La Milpa & Hill Bank (B)
3. July 29-August 25 La Milpa & Hill Bank (B)

 

Itinerary for Trip Type A

11 Days
$2,350 Per Person
Airfare Not Included

Day 1

(D)

  • Arrival and pickup at International Airport in Belize City. 

  • Bus ride to La Milpa Field Station (3 hours)

  • Welcome, unpack and settle into living quarters, and Dinner

  • Orientation to La Milpa Field Station and Programme for Belize.

Day 2

(B,L,D)

  • Early morning birding (optional). 

  • Introduction and course outline and expectations.

  • Intro to Tropics and the Rainforest.

  • Tropical forest observation activity and tropical forest observation on Mahogany Trail.  Discussion. 

  • Presentation on Belizean Fauna.

  • Exciting night hike and spotting nocturnal wildlife

  • Overnight at La Milpa

Day 3

(B,L,D)

  • Early morning birding (optional)

  • Introduction to field botany and tree identification on Bajo Trail - self-exploration

  • Introduction to Scientific Sampling Methods. Group ecology projects. 

  • Introduction to Maya History and Culture/Archaeology presentation

  • Overnight at La Milpa

Day 4

(B,L,D)

  • Early morning birding (optional)

  • Tour of La Milpa Archaeology Site

  • Visit to Archaeology Laboratory (Texas Camp)

  • Tour of Medicinal Garden and trail hike

  • Presentation on Cultures of Belize

  • Overnight at La Milpa

Day 5

(B,L,D)

  • Visit Lamanai Archaeological Site

  • Picnic Lunch

  • Afternoon visit to Museum and purchase crafts

  • Depart from Lamanai and transfer back to La Milpa

  • Swimming en-route to La Milpa – (optional)

  • Post course evaluation

  • Belizean farewell night

  • Overnight at La Milpa.

Day 6

(B,L,D)

  • Depart for Belize City

  • Land transfer to Sittee River Marina

  • Boat transfer from Sittee River Marina  to Glovers Reef (1.5 hours). 

  • Welcome and OrientationcDinner.

  • Overnight Accommodations at Glovers Reef Research Station

Day 7*

(B,L,D)

  • Prepare for snorkeling, including gear check and beginners' lessons for shallow water snorkeling

  • View an array of island birds, snorkel among grass beds and test your knowledge in identification of algae, coral, fish and invertebrates

  • Overnight Accommodations at Glovers Reef Research Station

Day 8*

(B,L,D)

  • Snorkel a patch reef where colorful tropical fish are known to dwell

  • Begin work Project

    • The group leader in consultation with the station manager and Glovers Research Station staff will determine what kind of project to undertake

  • Overnight accommodations at Glover's Reef Research Station

Day 9*

(B,L,D)

  • Boat trip to study and explore mangroves, patch reef and fore reef ecosystems

  • Project work

  • Overnight Accommodations at Glovers Reef Research Station

Day 10*

(B,L,D)

  • Visit to the Man-O -War Caye Bird Sanctuary

  • Snorkel Tobacco Caye, study inveratbrates, and if you dare, explore the sink holes

  • Invertebrate study

  • Visit the Gift Shop

  • Pre-departure cleanup

  • Work project presentations

  • Certificates Awards and Belizean Party

  • Overnight Accommodations at Glovers Reef Research Station

Day 11

(B)

  • Breakfast at at Glovers Reef Research Station

  • Boat transfer from Glovers to Sittee River Marina

  • Land transfer to Belize International Airport to fly home

Meals Provided

B = Breakfast   L = Lunch   D = Dinner

* Airfare not Included

 

Itinerary for Trip Type B

8 Days
$1,750 Per Person
Airfare Not Included

Day 1

(B)

  • Arrival and pickup at International Airport in Belize City. 

  • Bus ride to La Milpa Field Station (3 hours)

  • Welcome, unpack and settle into living quarters, then Dinner

  • Orientation to La Milpa Field Station and Programme for Belize.

Day 2

(B,L,D)

  • Early morning birding (optional)

  • Introduction, course outline, and expectations.

  • Intro to Tropics and the Rainforest

  • Trek and observe tropical forest wildlife along the Mahogany Trail

  • Dinner, Discussion, and Presentation on Belizean Fauna

  • Exciting night hike and spotting nocturnal wildlife

  • Overnight at La Milpa

Day 3

(B,L,D)

  • Early morning birding (optional). Introduction to field botany and tree identification on Bajo Trail - self-exploration.

  • Introduction to Scientific Sampling Methods

  • Group ecology projects

  • Introduction to Maya History and Culture/Archaeology presentation

  • Overnight at La Milpa

Day 4

(B,L,D)

  • Early morning birding (optional)

  • Tour of La Milpa Archaeology Site.

  • Visit to Archaeology Laboratory (Texas Camp)*

  • Tour of Medicinal Garden and trail hike

  • Presentation on Cultures of Belize. Overnight at La Milpa

*(To Be Determined if possible as archaeology project is on hold due to Covid-19)

Day 5

(B,L,D)

  • Visit Lamanai Archaeological Site and museum, where you may purchase local arts & crafts after the tour 

  • Lunch at Las Orquidias in the historic town of Indian Church

  • Afternoon visit to Museum and chance to purchase more arts &  crafts

  • Depart from Lamanai and transfer to Hill Bank by bus

  • Arrive and settle into Hill Bank Field Station

Day 6

(B,L,D)

  • Explore ecosystems around Hill Bank

  • Creek Tubing

  • Dinner & evening presentation on sustainable development in Bravo Conservation area

  • Overnight at Hill Bank

Day 7

(B,L,D)

  • Visit sustainable development projects – Timber/CSeq/Ranger and in the buffer zone of Rio Bravo Conservation area

  • Post Course Evaluation - Farewell dinner

Day 8

(B,L)

  • Very Early Breakfast

  • Bus transfer from Hill Bank to visit the Belize Zoo

  • Transfer to Belize International Airport to take flight homebound.

    • Dependent on Flight Departure which needs to be 2:30pm or later

Meals Provided

B = Breakfast   L = Lunch   D = Dinner

*Airfare not Included