BFREE offers day tours of the facilities and surrounding areas, primarily during dry season (March through May). For more information or to schedule your tour, email contact@bfreebz.org 

Day Tours include:

Option 1

Bird Belize

Have you ever seen a Scarlet Macaw? A Montezuma’s Oropendola? A Blue Crowned Mot Mot? Spend a day birding in various habitats at one of the most acclaimed birding sites in Belize. With over 350 species of migrant and resident birds, the BFREE Biological Field Station and Private Nature Reserve is a great place to see rare tropical species. Situated in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, BFREE is teeming with exotic plants and wildlife. Over 80 species of migratory birds, and hundreds of resident species can be found here. A great escape from your routine – if only for a day!

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Resident populations of Montezuma’s Oropendolas can be found around BFREE

Time – 8:00AM- 2:00PM

What to bring – Binoculars if you have them. A few pairs and spotting scopes are onsite for guests. Wear comfortable walking shoes, light-weight long-sleeve shirt and long pants are recommended for protection from sun and possible bug bites. Water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, camera.

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Medium. Walking trails are flat, but contain some roots. Walk up the 112 foot observation tower is optional depending on physical capability. All levels of birders are welcome!

Itinerary:

Arrive by 8:00am – After a brief introduction, and a mug of locally grown organic BFREE coffee – begin the walking tour by the Bladen River. Look for Wood Rails, Herons and Kingfishers, and tons of riverine species in search of their morning meal.

9:00am – Stop in the BFREE kitchen and dining room for a cool drink and brief overview of the BFREE field station. Break for bathrooms and refilling water bottles.

10:00am – Walking tour to the Agami Lagoon. This area, teeming with wildlife, is a nesting habitat for Boat-billed Herons and Agami Herons. You may spot a Jabiru Stork, Jesus Lizard scampering across the water or a Green Iguana. (15 minute walk each way)

11:00am – Walking tour through the forest to the 112 foot observation tower in the canopy of the rainforest. Look for migratory songbirds, hummingbirds, Scarlet Macaws, noisy parrots and possibly the rare but present Harpy Eagle! (20 minute walk each way)

12:00pm – Enjoy a delicious Belizean lunch at the BFREE dining room.

12:45-1:30pm – Birding in the BFREE orchard and garden. Gartered Trogons, Emerald-bellied Hummingbirds, Long-billed Hermits, and Masked Tityras are just a few of the many birds that spend their days in the garden.

1:30pm – 2:00pm- Save a little time to snap some pictures and stop at the BFREE Cool Spot for a souvenir from your jungle experience!

2:00pm – Depart

Option 2

Rainforest Immersion

Spend a day on a guided hike deep into the rainforests of the BFREE Private Nature Reserve.  Situated in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, BFREE lies at the gateway to the Bladen Nature Reserve, one of the last truly wild and unspoiled rainforests left on earth!  Guided by a local expert, look for Howler and Spider Monkeys, elusive jungle cats like Jaguars and Margays, listen for some of the 350 species of birds that are present here, and perhaps even spot a tapir! Learn about the natural history of the area from your local guide and when you get too hot from all that walking – take a refreshing swim in the pristine crystal clear Bladen River!

Time – 9:00AM- 4:00PM

What to bring – Binoculars if you have them. Wear comfortable walking shoes, light-weight long-sleeve shirt and long pants are recommended for protection from sun and possible bug bites. Water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, swim suit, camera.

Level of Difficulty: Medium. Walking trails are narrow and involve some uneven terrain, ground is mostly flat but there are some small hills. Expect two hours hike in each direction. For groups of 4 or more – two guides accompany the trip in order support various walking paces.

Itinerary:

University of Richmond students check out a termite mound

Endless opportunities for amazing photos!

9:45am –3:30pm Hike into the jungle guided by a local Mayan. Spend the day exploring the jungle and searching for wildlife. Learn  how the Maya use the forest both past and present, including use of medicinal plants.  Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the forest and a refreshing swim in the Bladen River. After a nice break, hike back to BFREE.

3:30pm – 4:00pm- Save a little time to snap some pictures and stop at the BFREE Cool Spot for a souvenir from your jungle experience!

4:00pm – Depart

 

If planning your own day tour, be sure to read – Getting to BFREE – for specific information on travel to the field station!