Calling All “Bird Nerds” – Forbes Magazine Recommends Belize For Birding

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  1. And Chaa Creek offers the Best Birding in Belize
    1. Chaa Creek Birding Vacations

And Chaa Creek offers the Best Birding in Belize

For serious birders, few places evoke the sort of excitement that the Amazon Rainforest, the Galapagos, Everglades, Brazil, and New Zealand do. And now a relative newcomer has joined the ranks to complete what Forbes magazine recently hailed as “The Top Five Birding Destinations For 2020.”

Belize, step into the light and take a bow.

Belize-blue-crowned motmot

Here at Chaa Creek, we’ve known for years what an avian wonderland Belize is. Our 400-acre private nature reserve is alive with colour and song. So much so that when the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee were looking to establish a base for their ambitious, years-long Birds Without Borders project, Chaa Creek was the logical choice.

In addition to over 300 endemic and migratory species found right here, an astounding number and variety of feathered wonders exists throughout the rest of Belize.

Belize of Belize - The Scarlet Macaw

Seabirds cluster at the Belize Great Barrier Reef, cayes and Caribbean Coastline. And then there are the wetlands; mangrove forests and lagoons, giving way to savannas, pastures, the Maya Mountains, Mountain Pine Ridge and vast swaths of pristine rainforests.

No wonder birds flock to Belize.


With over a quarter of the country’s land and waters set aside as protected wilderness, our local and visiting feathered friends have ample room and an abundance of food to foster mating, nesting, rearing of young and general frolicking.

And Belize is just as much a paradise for those happy humans who enjoy observing and recording birds in the wild.


Take, for example, Chaa Creek.

With its famously wide range of accommodations, amenities and activities, Chaa Creek offers productive birding as well as great vacations. Combine the two, and you have:

Chaa Creek Birding Vacations

Birds of Belize Central American Pygmy Owl

Chaa Creek has been offering birding vacations for years, ever since the aforementioned Birds Without Borders project fostered training and a love of birding in some of our already highly trained naturalist guides.

And now, new for 2020, birding groups and organisations have a new jungle resource that makes birding in Belize more productive, enjoyable, and affordable than ever.

Birds of Belize Lovely Cotinga
Birds of Belize Lovely Cotinga

Chaa Creek’s Belize Rainforest Retreat is now open to accommodate groups in a secluded yet accessible jungle setting that’s alive with birds.

With ten riverside “Eco-Pods” – small raised cabins with comfortable beds, hammocks and porches looking out on rainforest views, an airy thatched roof Palapa for dining, meeting and hanging out, and clean, environmentally friendly conveniences, groups of birders can enjoy the luxury of observing birds in the wild from the comfort of their hammocks.

belize rainforest retreat at chaa creek eco pods exterior

They can also enjoy the world class amenities of the Lodge at Chaa Creek – including a restaurant and lounge, infinity pool, spa and more – just a scenic 15-minute stroll away.

In addition to the miles of well-maintained trails running through the surrounding 400-acre private nature reserve, the Retreat’s canoe landing also makes it easy to observe the riverine environment where birds bathe, drink and fish.

National bird of Belize Keel billed toucan

And with Chaa Creek Inland Expeditions’ fleet of modern vehicles driven by experienced naturalist guides, birding groups have all of Belize literally at their front door.

Wake, have coffee and a home cooked breakfast, be transported with a packed lunch to Belize’s most productive birding hotspots, and return to some cold refreshments and a homecooked dinner or barbecue in the palapa or around the campfire ring.

Birding just doesn’t get any better.


Or any more affordable. By combining the Belize Rainforest Retreat’s simple yet comfortable accommodations with The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s amenities, transportation, nationwide network, and expertise, birders can enjoy an affordable avian experience as richly rewarding as any on the planet.

And with more airlines now servicing Belize from a growing number of airports, you can get to this little friendly birding paradise at a fraction of the cost of, say, the Amazon or New Zealand.

We’re glad to have been recognise by such a trusted authority as Forbes as one of the world’s top five best birding spots. And, coming just as Chaa Creek’s Rainforest Retreat opens, in such a timely manner.

You would love Birding in Belize!

Now all you need to do assemble your group, speak with your favourite travel agent or Chaa Creek directly, and one of our experienced event planners will work with you to create an avian adventure that satisfies both your expectations and budget.

Forbes’ birding experts have discovered Belize

Now it’s time you discovered Chaa Creek

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