Sittee river nature cruise - SPECIALTY TOUR
The Sittee River Tour takes you down the Sittee River, which is one of the deepest and most scenic rivers in Belize. The Sittee River was the main route used in sugar export when the sarpon sugar mill was in operation in the early 1900s. Your path along the river will take you through a series of both small rapids and on peaceful waters. Along the way you will see a variety of birds such as the white egret, herons, hawks, kingfishers, hummingbirds or toucans to name a few. Iguanas usually adorn the overhanging trees and occasionally you can view and listen to howler monkeys. Optional stops along the way include swimming in the river, checking for crocodile resting on the banks of a nearby lagoon, and encircling a natural island of fruit trees.
Another option is to view the Sittee River at sunset! Let the sinking sun’s colors romance you and your partner as your captain takes you on a pleasant evening cruise. The birds will be singing to you while you are sipping your wine and nibbling on your deliciously prepared snacks.
Remember to bring:
bug repellent, shorts, t-shirts, bathing suit, towels and well treaded tennis shoes or hiking boots
monkey river tour
A visit to Monkey River is truly a unique experience.
Around 8 am, your guide will pick you up by boat, and you travel through the lagoon and in amongst the red mangrove fringe forest along the coast, habitat of the manatee and many species of birds. Most of the trip is in protected waters and will be relatively smooth. It takes about 35 minutes to reach the mouth of the river.
The guide points out numerous iguanas, turtles and birds as you motor slowly up river. Not long into the trip the jungle erupts with the bizarre sounds of the Black Howler Monkey as the troupes communicate with each other to declare their territory. Nothing you read could prepare you for the adventure of hearing these monkeys for the first time; you just have to experience it!
An hour into the trip, disembark to venture into the jungle and "see the howlers close up."Learn about the different plants and trees as your guide cuts a new trail and wanders (sometimes through water) further from the river. The sound of a troupe of howler monkeys as they burst out in a raucous chorus tingles the hair on the back of your neck! It's hard to believe an animal that weighs 35 pounds can sound as big as an elephant.
Return to the mouth of the river and Monkey River Village for a genuine Creole lunch. After lunch you will take a guided tour through the small village before boarding the boat to start the trip back to the resort. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this tour!
Timetable: This tour is a part of our inclusive packages and can be booked on Thursdays. Click for tour schedule.
Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Departure: 7:00 am
Remember to bring: bug repellent, hiking boots or tennis shoe, hat, long pants, camera, binoculars and money for souvenirs.
Jaguar Preserve Hiking & River Tubing
Proceed through pristine wetlands on your way to the Southern Highway. On most days the sky will be clear enough to see the majestic spire of Victoria Peak (3,675 ft.) and the distant Maya Mountain Range. Make your way to the Maya Center and the entrance of the world’s only jaguar preserve, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Stop briefly to sign in and to view the beautiful hand-carved slate plaques, baskets, clothing and jewelry made in the village by the local Mayan Indians.
Then continue into the dense tropical rainforest of the Cockscomb Basin, which has a total protected area of over 120,000 acres. The basin is also home to jaguarundis, margays, ocelots, pumas, deer, howler monkeys and tapirs. Your guide will then take you on several established trails, each with its own unique characteristics including to Ben's Bluff, which has a spectacular view of the entire basin. As you walk, the guide will interpret the flora and fauna that makes this park such an amazing place.
This tour is a part of our inclusive packages and can be booked on Thursdays. Click for tour schedule.
Approximately 4-5 hours
Remember to bring:
Bug repellent, hat, long pants, swimsuit, towel, camera, binoculars, sturdy hiking shoes and a spirit of adventure.
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