Hi Everyone,

IBBA is heading to Belize! November 3rd-10th, 2019 with an optional overnight trip into Guatemala November 10th and 11th.

This is a trip of a lifetime geared towards our members and friends of like-minded butterfly and nature lovers. Belize is home to approximately 700 species of butterflies and 600 species of birds. We will be traveling throughout spectacular parts of Belize and touring natural areas known for butterflies, wildlife, and world-renowned birdwatching. We will also visit butterfly farms and gardens, areas of Mayan ruins, and have a couple of days on the beach for your choice leisure, snorkeling, scuba, fishing, kayaking, inland tours, etc. Join us for an incredible trip!!

Detailed itinerary follows. Please scroll to the end for pricing and registration information.

ITINERARY:

NOV 03 –

Meet and Greet at the International Airport of Belize by guide.

Road transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight. Continental Breakfast and hotel taxes included.

NOV 04 –

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guided tour of Shipyard and Lamanai. Includes: Includes: Transfers, guide, lunch, and entrance fees.

-Shipyard, also called Shipyard Colony, is a Mennonite settlement that is also an administrative village in the Orange Walk District of Belize. Shipyard was founded in 1958 by Old Colony Mennonites from Chihuahua and Durango states in Mexico.

-Lamanai is one of the most interesting tours from Belize City. It holds over 800 Mayan structures expanding on the Belize New River and deep into the tropical forest. Getting there is half the fun! After an hour’s drive on the northern highway, you board a riverboat at Tower Hill. Along the New River leading into swamps, little creeks and lagoons, it is easy to encounter wildlife including hawks, kites and falcons. You may spot the dainty jacanas bask in the morning sunlight. An hour and a half on the river and then you arrive at Lamanai (Maya for Submerged Crocodile). Huge masks depicting dead rulers and gods seem to materialize out of the rain, forest, amid the chatter of bird-life and the haunting call of the howler monkeys. Your guide will point out the Copal and Ramon trees, which were of great importance in ancient times. Overnight at hotel.

NOV 05 –

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guided tour of Blue Creek and Shipstern. Includes: Transfers, guide, lunch, and entrance fees.

– Just on the border of Mexico and Belize, lies that village of Blue Creek. A town founded by Mennonite settlers over 50 years ago (who had left Chihuahua, Mexico to find land even more remote). The Mennonites have a long history of moving, looking for open land and governments that will leave them to their own way of life.

– The Shipstern Nature Reserve is located in the Corozal District of Belize, near the village of Sarteneja. It was established as a private Nature Reserve in 1987 and it covers an area of more than 27,000 acres of protected habitats. It is home to approximately 300 bird species, mammals including five cat species, 78 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a large variety of Lepidoptera. It is also home to a butterfly garden and breeding centre. As well as the butterfly gardens, guests can enjoy a variety of trails, a visitor information centre and a 65-ft observation tower that offers spectacular views of the whole nature reserve.

– It includes a 90 minute guided tour of Shipstern Visitors’ Centre, Butterfly Garden,Botanical Trail and famous Observation Tower, with an amazing view over Belizean forests, lagoons and coastal areas. The Botanical Trail winds through several coastal dry habitats, and many of the plants and birds seen on that visit can be seen nowhere else in Belize.

Overnight at Tony’s Inn Resort in standard rooms. Breakfast and hotel taxes included.

NOV 06 –

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guided tour of Altun-Ha and Xunantunich. Includes: Transfers, guide, lunch, and entrance fees.

– Altun Ha is located in the north – central part of the Belize District on the old Northern Highway, 31 miles from Belize City. Contains a structure B-4 (Temple of the Masonry Alters), the tallest, best preserved structure at the site and the place where one of the largest carved jades in the Mayan world was found. It was an important trading center between the Caribbean and the interior featuring two main plazas with some thirteen temples in a pleasant park like atmosphere. It was also one of the major ceremonial centres during the classic Period. Many tombs discovered during extensive excavations and restorations from 1964-1978. Burial goods included hundreds of jades and green obsidian blades, some traceable directly to Teotihuacan in central Mexico. An unusual feature at Altun Ha is the absence of carved stelae.

– Xunantunich in Maya is “The Stone Maiden”. The site is about 30 minutes from San Ignacio and is only accessible by taking a hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River. Xunantunich is one of the most popular Maya sites in Belize and was one of the first to be excavated and opened to the public. Standing atop “El Castillo”, the largest pyramid at the site, you will have a panoramic view of western Belize and eastern Guatemala.

Overnight at Cahal Pech Village Resort in standard cabanas. Breakfast and hotel taxes included.

NOV 07 –

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guided tour of Mountain Pine Ridge, Green Hill, Blue Morpho at Chaa Creek, and Tropical Wings. Includes: Transfers, guide, lunch, and entrance fees.

– Located in the Cayo District of Belize, about 30-40 minutes from San Ignacio, the reserve covers an area of over 500 square miles and is home to various birds and mammals. Here you will find a scenic combination of cool pine forests, tumbling streams, lush river valleys, caves and waterfalls. The most popular of the waterfalls is the Hidden Valley Falls, a spectacular fall that drops 1500 feet to the valley below. The Rio Frio Cave is the largest cave in Belize and the Rio On pools is a must for an afternoon swim before heading out of the reserve.

– The Green Hills Butterfly Ranch is located on Mountain Pine Ridge in the Cayo District of Belize. It is home to the largest live butterfly display in Belize and several native butterfly species are reared at the farm. The spectacular Blue Morpho is one of the main attractions at the butterfly farm.Visitors can also enjoy the gift shop and outside picnic area.

– The Lodge At Chaa Creek is also home to The Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm. It is located just a short drive from San Ignacio Town at the foothill of the Maya Mountains. The farm rears the Blue Morpho butterfly or affectionately known as The “Belizean Blue”. This is a wonderful place to observe and learn about this beautiful species of butterfly throughout its lifecycle.

– The Tropical Wings Eco center Butterfly Farm is located in the Cayo District of Belize, six miles west of San Ignacio. It is home to a large variety of butterflies, all of which are raised from eggs to pupae. The butterfly farm is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and it is also a great place to walk the beautifully landscaped gardens.

Road transfer to Belize City. Boat transfer from Belize City to San Pedro.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at a beach hotel. Continental Breakfast and hotel taxes included.

NOV 08/09 –

Breakfast at the hotel. 2 FREE DAYS on the beach for leisure or activities on your own; snorkeling, scuba, fishing, kayaking, shopping, relaxing, etc. Overnight at a beach hotel. We can provide tour and activity info for your convenience.

NOV 10 –

Two Options

Breakfast at the hotel.

Option #1 Return to airport:

Transfer to the dock.

Boat transfer from San Pedro to Belize City.

Road transfer to the International Airport of Belize.

OR-for additional costs

Option #2 Tikal in Guatemala for one night accommodation at Jungle Lodge. Tikal is one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya Civilization. It is the most spectacular of all the Mayan sites in Meso-America and is located in the Peten area of Guatemala, deep in the high canopy jungle. Tikal is about 1-½ hours from San Ignacio. The flora and fauna in this area is almost as breathtaking as the Mayan temples themselves. The original city covered an area of 35 square miles and although the archaeologists have been excavating here since the 1930’s, they tell us that there is at least another 100 years of work to be done.

Additional US$425.00 PER PERSON includes: Transfers from Belize City to Tikal, Guided tour of Tikal with lunch and entrance fees, one night at Jungle Lodge in a standard room with breakfast on Nov 11, transfer from Tikal to the International Airport of Belize, and taxes.

Price

Double Occupancy:

IBBA Member:

$1450 per person (Tikal is additional $425)

Non-member:

$1600 per person (Tikal is additional $425)

Single Occupancy:

IBBA Member: $1850 (Tikal is additional $550) Non-member: $1900 (Tikal is additional $550)

Payments:

#1 If you are not taking the optional Tikal trip on Nov 10th: $350 down to hold your space, which can be paid:

$140 due by March 30th

$210 due by April 14th

OR

#2 If you are choosing to add the optional trip to Tikal Nov 10th:

$450 down to hold your space

Which can be paid:

$180 due by March 30th

$270 due by April 14th

Remaining balance due September 1st

REGISTRATION

Send an email with your name, contact phone number, and name/s of additional guests to: Connie Hodsdon at welcome@flutterbygardens.com

For trip questions or information:

Kathy Marshburn at kathy.marshburn@yahoo.com

Refunds and cancellations:

Cancellations must be in writing.

Refunds, less a $100 fee, will be issued up until 5PM, Sunday, September 1, 2019. Cancellations up until 5 pm, Tuesday,

October 1, 2019, will be issued at 50%. Regretfully, cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded after this.

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Itinerary subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Cost includes:

As listed above; meet and greet at airport, hotels, transfers, meals listed, guide, entrance fees listed

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Border fee of US$18.75 pp.

Optional activities

Meals not listed

Bar and Gift Purchase

Laundry or any other item of personal nature

Entertainment

Departure taxes

Liquor

Gratuities

International Flights

Tips to bellhops, Guides, or Divers