Our main reason for coming to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary was to take a guided boat-tour of the various waterways for a good look at some of the many species of wildlife to be found here. We were up at 5:30 AM on our first morning to grab a light breakfast of fruit slices, juice and coffee before we sauntered over to the boats shown here....more
We had seen quite a few birds on the first part of our voyage, near the civilized part of the lagoon beside Crooked Tree Village, but we really enjoyed the trip down to the far end of the lagoon and then onward into Spanish Creek. Leny continued to impress us with his knowledge and keen eyes in picking out things that we would never have seen as we...more
After returning from our boating excursion, Sue and I had a proper breakfast and then sat out again at our little Palapa recounting our adventures and enjoying the peace once more. While there, two of the local ladies turned up at the Lodge looking for donations from the owners to help with a bake sale they were running in the Village. Shirley...more
There was a large group of professional bird watchers at the Lodge when we arrived in Crooked Tree, and I'm not surprised given that this is an amazing Sanctuary. Just before it was time for dinner, as the sun was thinking of setting, they arrived back from a walking tour of the island. The chap in the photograph with the long white telephoto lens...more
It may seem simple, but just sitting at this little picnic table affair under a palapa on the Bird's Eye View Lodge waterside was one of the most relaxing things we did in our entire 3 weeks in Belize. We had spent the morning driving back north from our 'Hopkins' coastal excursion and, by mid-afternoon, were ready to just sit around a bit to enjoy...more
Although most of the buildings in Crooked Tree village were rather weather-beaten, they also had a rustic look that made them quite appealing to look at. We were amused by this Police station, located very close to where the causeway from the mainland arrives on the island. As we strolled past in both directions on our mid-afternoon walk along the...more
the man who had opened the room had disappeared but a nice young lady had appeared in the kitchen after we had asked the man if they served meals... so I went to her to get a confirmation that she was cooking just for us and to ask at what time they served dinner: she apologized saying she wouldn't have been ready till 18.30... and when back from a...more
The Lodge has a spacious rooftop patio located above the ground floor accommodations in the main building. In fact, there are second story rooms that open onto this patio, which is liberally sprinkled with chairs so you can relax while enjoying the view out over the lagoon! The patio is also equipped with a small bar area, but it was not open when...more
All meals at Bird's Eye were eaten in the dining room shown here. Miss Verna had the seating pre-arranged for the different groups of guests, mixing us in with a few of the other 'odd' couples who were not part of a larger group. On our first evening there (6:30 PM is the set time, as darkness falls) we sat with an American couple from South Dakota...more
As we finished up with our very enjoyable two days of bird-watching in the watery world of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, we were fortunate to link up with a couple of American tourists who were also there enjoying the sights.
Hubie and Marie are from Springfield, Massachusetts and, in the course of a morning discussion with Hubie, I found out that they were leaving for San Ignacio the next morning (as we were) in a rental vehicle. Since we had not yet finalized exactly how we were getting from Crooked Tree to San Ignacio ourselves, I asked him if they would mind taking us along for the ride, saving us the bother of either catching a couple of different local busses or using the expensive lodge shuttle service. It was no problem for them, so away we went the next morning with our backpacks and their suitcases thrown into the box of his rental Ford Ranger, while Sue and I crammed into the 'jump-seats' in the cab.
It was an interesting ride as we drove along the Western Highway laughing at various life stories and taking in the countryside. I paid for gasoline in Roaring Creek as we briefly stopped there and our new-found buddies actually drove us straight through San Ignacio to drop us off at our Trek Stop lodgings about 6 miles short of the Guatemala border. Meeting people like this is one of the great joys of travelling!
The village of Crooked Tree is famous for its annual Cashew Festival, so it was no surprise to see these huge trees growing here and there around the village, including this one trying to take over someone's house!Originally found in northeastern Brazil, the Portugese colonizers of that part of South America exported it around the world to their...more
Our early morning boat tour along the southern shore of the lagoon in front of Bird's Eye View Lodge first took us to the left, as far as the causeway that was built in 1983 to join the island to the mainland. Very close to there, we were shown this Logwood tree by our tour guide. It turns out that it was these trees that lured the English to...more
when running after birds with your camera, pay attention to where you put your feet, you could sink into slimy mud, like me... and you should have seen the amused looks ;-) of local people when I washed feet and shoes in the river, as soon as I could find a stretch of solid ground...
Crooked Tree is a Wildlife Sanctuary for which you are asked an entrance fee of 8 belizean dollars (4 US $) and you are given a map to walk around the village, where you can still see catte eating the grass in the gardens, ponds, the lagoon and its trails... it's a paradise for bird watching, only, if interested in it, don't go in april like me, it's low season...
Only 30 miles (50-km) northwest of Belize City, Crooked Tree is a tiny village located on a freshwater island about 15 miles inland from the Caribbean Sea. This part of Belize is a flat area, only about 15-16 feet above sea level, that is criss-crossed by various water obstacles. It also has the amazing Mayan ruins of Lamanai nearby, and tours can...more