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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    Zach Sarnoff
    Zach Sarnoff
    16:17 25 Nov 21
    I went with Luis to ATM caves and it was awesome!!
    Olivia Pulsipher
    Olivia Pulsipher
    02:07 11 Aug 21
    We did the ATM tour, Luis was exceptionally knowledgeable... about not only this tour but many other sites in the area. We spent several hours inside the cave learning about the history. Highlight of my trip.read more
    Christine Scheer
    Christine Scheer
    02:14 30 May 21
    Incredible experience! So very happy we chose KaWiil. We... really wanted to do the cave tubing, but I was nervous since we booked so late. To my surprise, KaWiil Tours actually called me back to say that John was available to be our guide. John was on time bright and early the next morning, he even found us wandering around outside our hotel before he swept us off to the Nohoch Che'en cave. As an experienced cave explorer, super friendly dude, a natural resource management professional, and native Belizean (naturally!) we were so impressed with the way he showed us the lizards, plants, trees, birds, insects, fish and flowering plants along the trail. He took us through the caves; it was like we had the place all to ourselves! John introduced us to the bats, the swallows, kingfishers, ancient Mayan traditions, cave formations and river flow... so awesome. I was blown away. Afterwards, he bought us lunch at a cool tiki bar and filled us in on Belize history; so super. We had the BEST time. Thank you, John! You really made our visit to San Ignacio special!read more
    Doss Ramsey
    Doss Ramsey
    22:21 25 Mar 21
    We had an excellent tour of the ATM cave with Luis who... managed to get two young fellas in their 20s and an old timer a few months short of 80 through without a hitch!I was pleasantly surprised by how informed Luis was regarding the cave and its history, as well as his knowledge of local plants and wildlife, other attractions, and the energy that he brought to the tour.This tour with Kawiil Tours was the highlight of our time in Belize and I'll be recommending it to anyone I know heading to San Ignacio! 10/10read more
    Emma Hignett
    Emma Hignett
    22:54 28 Oct 19
    What an incredible experience! A must if you are in Belize.... Luis, our tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the local area and the caves. Luis mainly has smaller groups, so whilst other groups had 8 people per tour guide, my partner and I were the only ones in our group. Highly recommended.read more
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