The Belize Zoo Tour

The Belize zoo is located between Belize City and Belmopan, some 29 miles west of Belize City on the Western Highway. What began as a backyard zoo quickly transformed into a natural wildlife education center. Today, thousands of visitors flock to the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center which exhibits over 175 animals, representing over 45 native species.

As a tropical mecca for biodiversity, the wetlands, jungles, rivers, and seas, the Belize zoo is a haven for the most exotic wildlife species, including Tapirs, Jaguars, Howler Monkeys, Harpy Eagle, Keel-Bill Toucans, Scarlet Macaws, and more! Fun fact: " The Belize Zoo has become the first nature destination in Belize that is fully accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organization focused on wildlife conservation through wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education.

The Belize Zoo  Visiting the zoo is a fun way to learn about Wildlife. Get close up and greet Belize's national animal on the tapir encounter, high five "Junior" on the Jaguar encounter, or get a closer look at the notorious Fer-de-lance, one of the most dangerous of Belizean snakes. If you wish to have a more fantastic tropical wildlife experience, take a nocturnal tour and visit the native species while they are at their most active, guided by highly knowledgeable zookeepers. Visit the best little Zoo in the world, home to the rehabilitated, orphaned, rescued, or ones born at the zoo! Get acquainted with the wildlife of the jungle. Plan a trip with Kawill Tours and enjoy a guided tour filled with useful information and fun activities.

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The Belize Zoo Experience with Luis

KaWiil Tours offers the best of Western Belize. Luis and his licensed tour guides are well-trained and highly educated in Maya History. Travelers refer to Luis as having an "Encyclopedic Memory" of nature and history.

Kawiil Tours is an inbound tour operator for Belize and is owned and operated by Luis Zaiden. Luis grew up in San Ignacio Town, Cayo district in the beautiful foothills of the Maya mountain. From a young age, Luis had a passion for history and nature. He spent most of his childhood with his friends playing in the river and also playing hide and seek in what is now Cahal Pech Archeological site. He never knew at the time that he would end up running his very own Tour Company. Nevertheless, that came to an end when he went to high school and eventually started working in Belize city.

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    Hannah Schilpp
    Hannah Schilpp
    02:55 15 Mar 24
    We did the cave tour with Luis and it was incredible! It... far surpasses our expectations. Luis knows his stuff and takes his time to share his knowledge. He’s also funny which made the trip more enjoyable! And his wife made a fabulous lunch!read more
    Niquita Eng
    Niquita Eng
    16:03 09 Mar 24
    So glad we got in with Luis! He took his time explaining... little details I think would have otherwise been missed. I really appreciate his professionalism and the high standards he holds tour guides to. Luis holds tour guides accountable for educating their tourists. He gave us factual information without dancing around things that may upset people because, history doesn't care too much about your beliefs. I learned alot on this tour and if you go in with an open mind, you will love it!read more
    Trey V
    Trey V
    14:15 08 Mar 24
    Luis was amazing. We took our 5 children (ages 7 to 17),... and Luis kept it fun and interesting for us all. Good pace, unbelievable depth of knowledge, and the best laugh we’ve heard. Our kids talk more about Luis than the cave. Can’t recommend him more
    Jeremy Himle
    Jeremy Himle
    02:49 21 Feb 24
    Just finished our tour of ATM cave today and had a blast... with Luis. While the other tour operators were rushing past us, Luis spoke about Mayan history and educated our group about historical events that shaped the cave history. He took his time and helped my girlfriend through difficult spots, and was observant to the needs of our small group. Many of the experiences we had were unique to other groups and I was so grateful for the memories he created. I’m sure that you might find a less expensive rush tour, but Luis has been guiding tours for over 20 years and it shows. I can’t recommend him enough. (Photo for attention purposes as no photos are allowed at ATM)read more
    Brian Chapman
    Brian Chapman
    02:23 17 Feb 24
    Our guide John was great! You could tell he really loves... his country and all the beauty it has to show us. Thanks for sharing with more
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