My colleague and I accompanied 14 college students to Belize for two-weeks. MBS seemed conveniently located to a few things we were interested in doing (Community Baboon Sanctuary, Belmopan, and the Belize Zoo), so we arranged to stay at MBS a few days. Once you added up costs, including meals and programs, we were pushing the limits of our budget. But MBS was very accommodating to our needs, and they put together a three-day, two-night program for us. I highly recommend the night tour of the Belize Zoo (our first night there). It was an incredible - and very unique - experience to tour the zoo in the darkness. The zookeepers who were our tour guides were very nice, and we were able to get up rather close and personal to the animals (including the black jaguar). The following day we took a canoe trip on the Sibun River. It was another fantastic experience - the MBS tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun. Our students had a blast! We followed this up with an informative tour of the neighboring citrus plantation. Our last day we finished with a jungle trail hike. Prior to our trip we were skeptical about the costs and accommodations. But afterwards, we were completely sold on MBS - not to mention, they have an incredible story, which Matt, the managing director, shared with us. The meals were also well worth the cost - the food was absolutely delicious! The accommodations are comfortable, despite the fact that the students shared bunk beds and used outside latrines. A well-worn path leads to a local bar, Amigos, from MBS. It was probably a good thing that our students did not know about the bar on the first night (we kept them busy with academic work), but the following night we accompanied them to Amigos where traditional drummers happened to be performing. Everyone had a great time. Our students unanimously recommended keeping MBS as part of our itinerary for future trips.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is an environmental education center offering Belize Study Abroad experiential learning programs and training opportunities while serving as a model of conservation land Stewardship. Our goal is to guide our guests and students in experiencing the natural wonders of the tropics and life in a developing country, recognizing the diversity of human potential through other cultures. We do this from a peaceful natural setting within a 1070-acre private protected area at our Monkey Bay campus where we experiment with sustainable living technologies and conservation land management ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Belize/Belmopan