Fodor's Expert Review Belize Botanic Gardens

San Ignacio Garden/Arboretum Fodor's Choice

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.

Garden/Arboretum Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Green Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

Chial Rd.
San Ignacio, Cayo  Belize

824-3201

www.belizebotanic.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: BZ$15 self-guided tour; BZ$30 guided tour

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