BFREE offers opportunities for people of all ages to experience the rich culture and natural world of Belize through our own focused eco-tours and professional development opportunities. Additionally, BFREE partners with accomplished guides to offer unique experiences such as Yoga Retreats or Herpetological Adventures. 

See below the current list of 2019 Eco-Tours, Professional Development Opportunities and Retreats available!


2019 Yoga Retreats:

BFREE has teamed up with Liz Getman, founder of Cacaoga, Being Well with Cristane Machado, and Brandi Sadler, founder of Wildflowers Yoga to offer three week-long eco-adventure retreats in 2019. Each retreat is full of yoga, meditation and exploration deep in the rainforest of Belize. Enjoy 6 Nights/7 Days of guided yoga, daily activities from the rainforest to the Caribbean coast and as much rejuvenating R&R or adventure you desire. For questions or more information about the 2019 Yoga Retreats at BFREE, send an email to along with your preferred dates. 

Event: Cacaoga Retreat by Cacaoga Founder, Liz Getman
Dates: February 16 – 22, 2019
Event Details: Facebook Event
Event: Cacaoga Retreat by Being Well with Cristiane Machado
Dates: April 13 – 19, 2019
Event Details: Facebook Event
Event: Cacaoga Retrate by Wildflowers Yoga with Brandi Sadler
Dates: April 28 – May 4, 2019
Event Details: Facebook Event

2019 Hicatee Health Assessments:

Join BFREE and specialists for 2019 Health Assessments of the critically endangered Hicatee Turtle, Dermatemys mawii. The Health Assessment will be held at the Hicatee Conservation & Research Center (HCRC) located at the BFREE Biological Field Station in southern Belize. Since the HCRC began holding Hicatee in 2014, we have implemented nearly a dozen two and three-day health assessment events, in which the entire population of captive turtles is removed from ponds and holding tanks for full health evaluations. World-class wildlife veterinarians and biologists have led this activity with support by zookeepers, specialists, and students from Belize and the US. During the bi-annual health assessment, participants will assist with all aspects of the health check including collection from the breeding ponds, ultrasounds to determine reproductive status, measuring and marking turtles, and data collection. Learn how a large, off-the-grid, breeding facility is managed; including diet propagation, use of solar water pumps, and much, much more.

Event: 2019 Spring Hicatee Health Assessment
Dates: February 28 – March 6, 2019 (6 Nights/7 Days)
Costs: $950 Per Person – includes all lodging, meals, and in-country transportation. 
Event Details:  Click here for flyer: Hicatee Health Assessment Spring 2019
Deadline: Space is limited, please contact BFREE Program Coordinator, Tyler Sanville by email here: for more info.
Event: 2019 Fall Hicatee Health Assessment
Dates: Fall Dates (September 2019) TBD
Event Details: Coming Soon

Hicatee Conservation & Research Center Volunteerships:

BFREE is seeking dedicated and motivated individuals to assist in the care and research of one of the world’s most critically endangered freshwater turtles, Dermatemys mawii. Locally known as the hicatee, this turtle has been hunted to the brink of extinction for its meat and is currently classified as Critically Endangered. Volunteerships will take place at the BFREE Biological Field Station, home to a captive breeding facility for the hicatee, the Hicatee Conservation & Research Center (HCRC). In this immersive opportunity, you will assist in all aspects of animal care for the captive population of adult turtles, juveniles and hatchlings. 
Event: Hicatee Conservation & Research Center Volunteership at BFREE
Dates: June 24 – June 28 (1-week) or June 24 – July 5 (2-weeks)
Contact: Contact BFREE Program Coordinator, Tyler Sanville by email here:

 42nd Annual International Herpetological Symposium Field Trips:

The 42nd Annual International Herpetological Symposium will be hosted in Belize City. BFREE staff are scheduled to give several presentations and to participate in the conference which will take place from June 19-22, 2019. There are multiple opportunities to explore Belize or visit BFREE before or after the Symposium. 
Event: Hicatee Conservation & Research Center Volunteership at BFREE
Dates: June 24 – June 28 (1-week) or June 24 – July 5 (2-weeks)
Contact: Contact BFREE Program Coordinator, Tyler Sanville by email here:
Event: Belize Adventure from the Jungles, Coasts, and Mountains
Dates: June 11 – June 18 
Trip Guides: Chuck Smith and Jono Bryant
Contact: Email, for more information