The Cayo District Sights

Belize Botanic Gardens

  • Chial Rd. Map It
  • San Ignacio
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/09/2017

Fodor's Review

The life's work of Ken duPlooy, an ornithologist who died in 2001, the personable Judy duPlooy, and their family, is the 45-acre Belize Botanic Gardens. It's an extensive collection of hundreds of trees, plants, and flowers from all over Central America. Enlightening tours of the gardens, set on a bank of the Macal River at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, are given by local guides who can tell you the names of the plants in Mayan, Spanish, and English as well as explain their varied medicinal uses. An orchid house holds the duPlooys' collection of more than 100 orchid species, and there also is a palm exhibit. The lodge offers a shuttle from San Ignacio for BZ$70 per-person, minimum two persons, including admission to the gardens; call ahead to reserve. The Botanic Gardens also run gardening programs for Belize residents as well as great birding opportunities.

Sight Information


Big Eddy, Chial Rd., San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

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Sight Details:

  • BZ$15 self-guided tour; BZ$30 guided tour

Published 03/09/2017


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