Nelson Maya Adventures
Alluring Mayan Site Tours and Outstanding Transfers Service for the Insightful Traveler.
This massive Ramsar site was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary many years ago due to the importance it holds for waders and shorebirds. The main lagoon is fed by a small creek that pumps in water during the rainy season and drains out water during the dry season. As water levels fluctuate, waders can become very abundant. We will take a slow boat ride to search for all our target species.
Here we search for Black-collared Hawk, Jabiru, Sungrebe, and the huge Ringed Kingfisher. Along the more solitary creeks, we will be looking for the ultra-elusive Agami Heron and the shy Boat-billed Herons. On the mudflats, sometimes Roseate Spoonbills gather in the hundreds and mingle with Purple Gallinule and Northern Jacanas. Snail Kites and Great Black-Hawks are also commonly found along the creeks.
As we exit this site, we have chances of spotting Crane Hawk and Yellow-headed Parrots along the savannahs. This is also a good spot for Vermilion Flycatchers and Fork-tailed Flycatchers. Look above for soaring White-tailed Hawks and Wood Storks.
Crooked Tree Village is located on an island at the center of the sanctuary. Established around 1750 as a logwood camp, it is one of the earliest known European settlements in Belize. With a estimated population of 1,400, Crooked Tree retains its Kriol culture, flavor and atmosphere.
We recommend bringing reusable cups and bottles when coming in, to ensure responsible travel and consideration for our beautiful country’s environment. So bring your coffee-loving cups for some coffee in the morning of your tours.
About 43 miles off the coast of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is a giant marine sinkhole
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
is a wonderful place to relax and watch birds,
a national protected area of natural wetlands.
At the center of this beautiful wildlife refuge lies the
Village of Crooked Tree.