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Community Baboon Sanctuary

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Seven villages across 18 - square miles of the Belize River Valley make up the Sanctuary: Big Falls, St. Paul’s Bank, Willow’s Bank, Double Head Cabbage, Bermudian Landing, Isabella Bank and Flower’s Bank. Just outside the boundary is Scotland Halfmoon Village. Bermudian Landing is the central village that houses the visitor’s center and sanctuary museum.

Started in 1985, over 120 local Creole farmers decided to voluntarily participate in a cooperative effort to protect the howler monkey’s habitat along the broadleaf forest of the Belize River. The private reserve has also become a safe haven for other wildlife including amphibians and 3 species of cats, including the jaguar. Over 200 species of birds and 100 species of trees have been identified in the area.

In addition to the natural beauty of the area, the flavor of the traditional Creole villages seeps out through generous smiles, delicious jams, local wines, and scrumptious cooking. Spending a few days in the area will give visitors an appreciation for the slower pace of life in rural Belize.

Getting Here & Around

By Bus
Three buses (owned by Russell’s and McFadzen’s) depart Belize City at noon, 4 pm and 5 pm daily for Bermudian Landing.

By Vehicle
Bermudian Landing is located north of the Hattieville-Ladyville Road (connects the Western and Northern Highways). Once you arrive in Burrell Boom, go to the east end of the village, near the river. Then follow the well-marked signs to the Community Baboon Sanctuary. It is approximately 12 miles to the village. Once you enter the village, continue to the Sanctuary. Nature Resort is next door to the Visitor’s Center & Museum.

By Boat
For the adventurous paddlers who may be traveling through Belize by canoe, the village is located directly on the Belize River and thus easily accessible by the river.

The village is small with only one road and so it is easy to access everything on foot.

Accommodations & Meals

Click here for a listing of Belize Explorer accommodations located in Bermudian Landing.

There are a few restaurants and ‘cool spots’ that serve up local food and drinks.


View Howler Monkeys: The sanctuary boasts a population of over 1,200 howlers. Sometimes they can be viewed along the roadside or the riverbanks and other times a walk into the forest leads you to a troop overhead in the trees. Local villagers know the habits and territories of the monkeys and they can assist you in finding them. There is an informative museum and visitor’s center at the sanctuary headquarters. The best times to visit are early in the morning and late in the evenings.

Hiking: There are some easy trails through the forest and a local guide can educate you about the many uses of the plants along the way.

Canoeing & Paddling: Situated on the banks of the winding Belize River, Bermudian Landing is a great launch site for exploring the river by canoe.

La Ruta Maya River Challenge: Bermudian Landing serves as one of the hosting villages to the 180 mile canoe race along the Belize River each March. Paddlers stop on the second night to camp in the village before the final two days of the race. The population of the village triples over this weekend when they catch the Ruta Maya Fever.

Farm Tour: The local villagers are primarily subsistence farmers who grow local crops. A walk to the farm is both educational and fun.

Local Flavor

Bermudian Landing is rich in history and local talent.

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