Ridge to Reef
Limited to 6 Guests | 8 Hours | $175 US per person including lunch
Join Ridge to Reef ecotour to spot wildlife along a scenic Golden Stream River which empties into the southern tip of the Belize Barrier Reef System, where you will end snorkeling around the Snake Cayes of Port Honduras Marine Reserve.
Paddling down Golden Stream with a Ya'axché Ranger is a great way to experience one of the key rivers in the Maya Golden Landscape. You will be part of an official Ya'axché patrol of the 15,000 acre Golden Stream Corridor Preserve and beyond, through private protected lands and to the mouth of the river and the Port of Honduras Marin Reserve.
As part of the Ridge to Reef river Patrol, you will contribute to the daily wildlife logs; record key species of mammals and birds along Golden Stream and learn how our rangers detect signs of illegal hunting and fishing. You will hone your own detective skills as you learn to identify jaguar, puma and tapir tracks, identify the unique call of the Montezumas orependola and possibly spot hummingbirds, toucans and curassows. As you reach the mangroves at the mouth of the river, a second boat will pick you up for the second part of your trip to the Snake Cayes of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve for lunch and snorkeling.
You will likely get a bit wet and should expect to have to carry your craft over some of the shallows at times. This tour requires being sure footed in the water but is less strenuous than many of our hikes.
- Water shoes or sandals with straps. Flip-flops and shoes that are not attached to your feed are less than ideal as they can be carried away easily by the current. Alternatively shoes or boots that you do not mind getting wet.
- Non-aerosol bug spray.
- Bathing suit for a swim.
- Even if you choose not to swim, you may get a bit wet so a bathing suit or other quick drying clothing is ideal.
- A wet bag or zip lock to keep items you do not want to get wet.
- Binoculars and a camera if you care to get a closer look and record some of your sightings.
Start Time: 9:30AM
Finish Time: 3.30pm
Starts & Ends at: Field Station in Golden Stream Village (Directions).
Ridge to Reef patrols are subject to river conditions during the dry and wet seasons. If planning a tour during April/May and July/August please contact us to check availability.