Birding is a great way to relax

Birding is becoming a more and more popular activity with travelers to Belize. When it first appeared as an activity, it was mainly embraced by seniors and less mobile individuals, but that is rapidly changing. With more and more people finding themselves stressed about by life in psychically/mentally demanding jobs, “birding” is becoming quite the big thing. Watching birds and taking their pictures is an incredible way to relax your mind in a very short time and enjoy the thrills of nature. Imagine yourself escaping to the jungle with a pair of binoculars and a camera. You are alone with the sights and sounds of nature, while your work stress remains locked up back home. Sounds like a pretty wonderful way to spend a few hours, right?

Cayo District is a birding capital

You might be asking yourself – which part of Belize is the best to go out birding? Cayo District is probably the most popular “birding capital”, especially in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the area around the Macal River, or the ancient ruins of El Pilar. There are even some limited birding opportunities on the well-known islands of Ambergris Caye or even Caye Caulker. If you decide to stay in the north part of Belize, you might want to try your luck around Lamanai. Our secret suggestion would probably be Stann Creek District, with its Mayflower Bocawina National Park. You can often spot some spectacular specimens in that scenic spot.

Recommended equipment for birding

What are the most important things to pack for a birding trip? Well, aside from binoculars and a camera with a good zoom, don’t forget to pack insect repellent so you can spend more time snapping photos and less time slapping flies. Also, it is essential to bring enough water, since walking through hot and humid areas can be tiring. If you don’t know the area well, don’t be afraid to hire a guide. Usually the forest guides are experienced and knowledgeable naturalists that are connected with local tour agencies. Birding is a wonderful way to blow off steam, but you need to know where to go and how to get back for it to be considered a successful birding session!