An easy float down one of the most sparkling clean rivers in Belize. We enter the river 4 1/2 miles upstream from Crystal Paradise and float down stream back to the lodge. Take along a guide or set out on your own. Just remember to take it slow and enjoy the view. Canoeing the Macal River is a memorable experience and highly recommended. The shoreline is covered with a lush tree canopy, which is the natural habitat for tropical birds, Belize butterflies and iguanas.
There are several stops you can make along the way. About 1 mile down river from our drop-off point is the Belize BotanicalGreen-breasted mango Gardens at DuPlooy’s. Spend some time wandering through the beautiful gardens and exploring the rich variety of plants. Another stop while canoeing is Chaa Creek. This Belize resort is home to the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm and the Natural History Center, as well as the Ix Chel Medicine Trail. Both places serve lunch and drinks. In addition, there are several other small bars and restaurants that advertise their locations along the water edge.
Macal River Canoeing with a Bird Guide: Gray-necked WoodrailWhile canoeing, you can see an array of birds that frequent the river banks and iguanas sunning them-selves on the rocks. Some of these Belize birds include Black Phoebe, Social Flycatcher, kingfishers, Mangrove Swallows, and occasionally the Gray Necked Wood Rails. Crystal Paradise Resort.