Collared Aracari stops to visit guests at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge

Unique Birding in Belize …by hand

This morning guests at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge got a surprise when this younger Collared Aracari accidentally crashed into the Rasta cabana window. We guess he/she wanted to see how nice the room was…there are easier ways to get a tour!

Nursing a Collared Aracari back to health

Lucky for birders and wildlife lovers, this beautiful bird gathered itself with the help of it’s 3 lovely assistants, and flew away uninjured after these pictures were taken.

Social Toucanet gaining strength to fly

Guest at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge holding a wild Collared Aracari

Easy bird watching in Belize

This bird must have really wanted to get some face time on the internet so we are happy to facilitate. Aracari are pretty easy to see flying in groups around the hotel, especially now when the papayas are ripe…but never this easy!  Learn more about seeing the many birds of Belize while staying at Lower Dover by clicking here.   More about the Aracari can be learned from this past story from our blog. Some other great photos of the Aracari taken at Lower Dover can be seen here. 

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Airfare Sale! Spend 12/12/12 and December 21, 2012 with the Maya in Mexico, Belize, or Guatemala

Spirit Airlines is offering what seems to be the best airfare to celebrate Baktun 14 with the Maya themselves. Witness and learn about the famous calendar from the people as a new beginning awaits in the foretold golden age of humanity!

These quotes are leaving on December 11 and returning December 24 for Christmas. Rates are round-trip to Cancun and include tax. Bag fees are excessive for Spirit as a means to keep fares low. Make sure to pre-book your bag when buying your ticket online ($20US online vs $45USD at the gate!) And the bag weights are to 40 lbs not the standard 50 with a harsh $25-50 USD fee for overweight items.

Maya vs. Mayan sign at Best Western Palenque Hotel

It is possible to take direct, over-night bus service via ADO from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum to Belize City as we wrote about here. (Roughly $40USD each way)

Cancun Bus Terminal

ADO Bus from Cancun Terminal direct to Belize City

From Belize City it is an easy bus ride to Unitedville ($3 US) in order to reach the Maya site of Lower Dover.

Bus in Belize.

Entering Plaza A at the Lower Dover Maya Ceremonial Center

Back of the Acropolis at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize

Lower Dover is Located only 1/2 Mile from Mile 59 on the Western Highway

Fare Rates to CANCUN R/T WITH TAXES!

$186: Atlanta

$197: Dallas

$205: Baltimore

$212: SF/Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis

$242: New York (LGA)

$252: Boston, Detroit

Book here… www.spirit.com

Lower Dover Field Station Mentioned in Maya Climate Change Article

Collecting Samples from Actun Chapat cave in Belize.

The scientists doing caving expeditions out of Lower Dover Jungle Lodge this summer got a little publicity in Kentucky. Lots of interesting learning opportunities in Belize, not just archaeology! This multi-disciplinary study is funded through the Alphawood foundation in Chicago.

Collecting soil samples at Actun Chapat cave in Belize.

Link to article: http://surfky.com/index.php/communities/henderson/244-local-bowling-green-top-news/20421-team-investigates-climate-change-impacts-on-maya-civilization