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Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.)

Mile marker 27.5 of the Hummingbird Highway, Middlesex Belize
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Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S) is a not-for-profit society that operates a research and education center in the rainforest of Belize called the T.R.E.E.S Hosting Center. Our center is biologist-managed and we offer fully featured facilities for individuals, groups, conferences, NGOs, researchers, and students interested in learning about the local flora and fauna. We offer private cabins (shared outside bathrooms and private ensuite bathroom), dorm rooms, and thatch-roofed platforms for camping. Meals can be taken at our on-site restaurant or via catering from the nearby village. We also offer communal kitchen facilities for those wishing to prepare their own meals. All toilets are flush toilets and showers are hot water. Purified drinking water is available on site. We are easily accessible by public bus. Activities offered at T.R.E.E.S include: bird watching and bird banding, stream ecology, night walks, herpetofauna surveying, waterfall hiking, swimming in jungle swimming holes, and much more!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Secured parking
Public wifi
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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English, French, Spanish


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Mile marker 27.5 of the Hummingbird Highway, Middlesex Belize
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Dangriga Airport36 kmSee all flights
Philip S.W. Goldson Intl Airport60 kmSee all flights
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Marisa wrote a review Jan. 2021
Springfield, Missouri24 contributions
I loved my stay at T.R.E.E.S.! It's a wonderful place to be immersed in nature, learn about organic farming/permaculture and the animals and plants that inhabit Belize. We stayed in La Casita, which had privacy and a beautiful view, but was still just a short walk to the yoga platform and main areas. We felt safe here in the days of Covid. It was very easy to spread out and go hiking without even crossing paths with anyone, including at the swimming hole. On the few occasions when there were several people in one place, we all had masks ready. Most of our days were spent outdoors breathing in fresh air with plenty of room to roam. Irma prepared amazing food for us, and we got so much food inspiration that we are taking home with us! We loved all of the music and the west African style drum lesson from Emmeth. We also took day trips to each of the nearby parks (Bill Barquedier and Blue Hole/Crystal Cave). We appreciated the help from Vanessa to organize our outings! We also loved our hike with Will where we learned how the ancient Mayans lived and used the native plants to survive. It was great to have transportation offered by T.R.E.E.S. staff, but the location right off the highway makes it easy to use the bus as well. I would like to return for a research project in the future!
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Date of stay: January 2021
Room Tip: We loved the kitchen and private shower in La Casita, but you can't go wrong with any of the...
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Beracah S wrote a review Jan. 2021
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T.R.E.E.S. is a wonderful place, and I was so grateful to stay there while in Belize! We stayed at La Casita, which was a cozy place to ourselves but only a short walk from everything else. Vanessa, Matt, and all of the staff were so welcoming that it felt like home in no time. The food was incredible - even with our picky vegan & gluten free preferences. Irma totally spoiled us in coming up with new and creative meals that were always delicious. There were so many learning opportunities at T.R.E.E.S. We were able to walk the property with Irma, and then Matt, and later Will, each time learning new things. We learned to prune trees in the orchard and became familiar with fruits we'd never heard of or seen. T.R.E.E.S. is also fun for being full of music, from the radio that plays in the main hall to the live music sometimes played in the platform (which also serves as a yoga studio!) We also had the opportunity to get a drum lesson from Emmeth, which I highly recommend. There are parks just 15 min in either direction of T.R.E.E.S. that are worth checking out, as well as really nice trails on the property. There were lots of birds on the property as well, from toucans that munched on papayas in the orchard to fluffy squirrel cuckoos that hopped around the trees behind our cabin. Traveling during Covid can be risky, but we felt totally safe at T.R.E.E.S. There is so much space that social distancing was almost always possible, and everyone had masks handy for the few occasions that required them. Vanessa helped us figure out safe transportation so that we didn't have to use the bus or expensive shuttles or taxis. Thank you so much to everyone at T.R.E.E.S. for a wonderful week! I absolutely hope to visit again sometime.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Amy Badi wrote a review Apr. 2020
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I went to Belize for a school trip from March 11th to March 21st, 2020. The people are super friendly, especially Orlando! He's an amazing tour guide, you should definitely ask for him if you can. The rooms were very clean and much more spacious than I expected - be warned that the animals will wake you up very early if you are not a deep sleeper. The food was always amazing and they are super accommodating with it. I 100% recommend T.R.E.E.S if you are looking to stay in Belize and be well taken care of.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: You hear a lot of wildlife in the morning in the cabins further away from the main building.
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Zoé B wrote a review Mar. 2020
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I went to trees in a student trip and I had an unforgettable experience. The place is beyond beautiful and super photogenic. The hamac room was so relaxing. I practiced yoga there a couple of times and found it very peaceful. The activities were so interesting and the staff was so knowledgeable. The place was also VERY clean. The people at TREES clearly take care of cleaning thoroughly. The amazing staff was a very important part of my enjoyment at TREES. Orlando was full of interesting stories and gave us a different angle to the life of Belizeans. He was an amazing guide who explains things so well and adds a bit of his personality and life experience to everything he talks about. Will had so much knowledge. Our 3-hour walk with him was filled with stories and lessons about plants and animals beyond our imagination. He is a great storyteller and very funny. The rest of the staff was very helpful as well. TREES is full of fun activities and even funnier people. 13/10 Would hit my head with a brick just to forget the trip and do it again :)
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Speak with the guides as much as you can. They are a sea of knowledge.
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Brigitte N wrote a review Mar. 2020
Cambridge-Narrows, Canada3 contributions1 helpful vote
Went to T.R.E.E.S with my hubby from Feb 19 to 28 and we felt in love with that place. What a time we got. We rented "La Casita" and it was perfect for us. Fantastic staff, great food and a lot of birds around. For a wildlife photographer specialized in birds, I was in heaven. Got lifers everyday. My goals were to see their 3 Toucans; Keel-billed Toucan, the Collared Aricari and the elusive Emerald Toucanet, the King Vulture and a cat sleeping in a tree. I didn't specified which one though. I reached all my goals and got more. Bonus with the King Vulture; he was giving a flight lesson to his young one really high in the sky. In the evening, we saw a Kinkajou beside our cabin in a tree. Got my cat but too dark for a picture. We visited the Maya Ruins, the Belize Zoo and the Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve with Orlando Mai, their new guide. He was amazing and he knows his stuff. If you want to have a real Jungle experience in Belize, make sure you stop at T.R.E.E.S, you won't be disappointed. There's something for everyone. If you are a birder, then you have to go there for sure. You never know what you will find. I highly recommend this place. We will be back, there's a lot more we didn't see.
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Date of stay: February 2020
US$60 - US$76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
BelizeStann CreekMiddlesex
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Frequently Asked Questions about Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.)
What are some of the property amenities at Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.)?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.)?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.)?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Does Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.) have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.) offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.)?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.) offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.)?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.