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Visit Belize: Programme for Belize (PfB)

Hill Bank cabana porch

Key Activities, species and places of interest

Programme for Belize (PfB) runs two field stations for ecotourism and scientific research: La Milpa and Hill Bank.

La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center

  • Hiking, x8 nature trails, birding, jungle treks, night walks
  • Jaguar, puma, ocelot, owls, Oscillated turkeys
  • Mayan Archaeological sites, Mennonite village (Blue Creek Community)

Hill Bank Field Station

  • Canoeing, hiking, x5 nature trails, birding, boat rides
  • Crocodiles, iguanas, Yellow-Headed parrots
  • Mayan Archaeological sites, Community Baboon Sanctuary (Bermudian Landing Community)

The Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA) is located in NW Belize in a biodiverse area consisting of broadleaf forest, palm savannah and freshwater lagoons and rivers. Belize was once populated by the Maya Indians and their legacy is a wealth of temples and edifices, now hidden in the forest.

Fitness levels required

La Milpa has 8 trails to explore including the medicine, orchid, and archaelogical trails. Hill Bank has 5 trails including the lagoon and Motmot trails. They are rated easy to difficult and you can find out more about them on the PfB website.

Seasonal information

The Climate in Belize is Subtropical. The Rio Bravo wet season runs from June through November when temperatures are cooler, the dry season runs from November through May. Peak season in Belize is similar to the rest of the Caribbean, between December and February seeing the most tourist traffic. The average temperature is 26ºC and the average humidity is 85%.


Accommodation

The RBCMA is a private conservation area owned by PfB, a private, not-for-profit, national, non-governmental organisation. Your stay directly contributes to the protection and conservation of this nationally recognised and important Protected Area in Belize. All revenues derived from their tourism operations are re-invested directly back into the Management and Conservation of the RBCMA.

La Milpa Ecolodge ### & #

  • Eight individual thatched roofed cabanas, each with two double beds,fans, tiled floors and private baths (hot and cold water) and a loft area in each unit to accommodate a third person.
  • The Green dormitory, sleeps thirty, 100% solar power and composting toilets. Each room sleeps six on bunk units and are equipped with fans. Hot and cold water available in shared bathrooms.
  • Buffet style meals served in the dining hall.
  • Approximately 3 hours from Belize City Airport. All weather access road after San Lazaro Community. Surfaced roads from Airport to San Lazaro.
  • Current rates can be found on their website.

Hill Bank Field Station ### & #

  • Four individual cabanas, each with two double beds, fans, and private baths (hot and cold water). All rooms overlooking the New River Lagoon.
  • The Green dormitory, sleeps thirty,100% solar power and composting toilets.  Each room sleeps six on bunk units and are equipped with fans.  Hot and cold water available in shared bathrooms.
  • Buffet style meals served in the dining hall.
  • Approximately 2 hours from Belize City Airport. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required during the rainy season from June – November.  Surfaced roads from Airport to St Paul’s Community. Gravel roads from St. Paul’s to Hill Bank.
  • Disabled access.
  • Current rates can be found on their website.

Visit their website for more information: www.pfbelize.org
Visit their Trip Adviser pages: La Milpa & Hill Bank
Follow PfB on Facebook

Enquiries: Herbert Haylock, Senior Manager for Administration and Planning, Programme for Belize
adminmanager@pfbelize.org or tourism@pfbelize.org or pfbel@btl.net
Tel: 00501-227-5616 or 00501- 227-1020 (NB: 6 hours behind UK time)


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