Wildlife Sightseeing with Manatee Spotting
About 40 minutes south of Placencia is Monkey River Village, a small village at the mouth of Monkey River. This place was once a thriving town where the banana trade was centered and is now home to a small amount of Belizeans. The tour departs from Placencia with a guide from the village. Enjoy a short cruise through mangrove tunnels to the mouth of Monkey River. As the boat slowly cruises up the river, your guide will point out various wild animals and insects of interest.
There are many species of birds, minute bats, sunbathing iguanas, turtles and sometimes even crocodiles. Eventually, you will stop at a nature trail chosen by your tour guide. He will then lead you along the trail pointing out other items of interest while looking for the elusive howler monkey. These guys are small but loud. They can be heard from miles away, and you'll most likely get to meet a few. If the river level is suitable, you will be able to take a swim and eventually cruise back to the village for some local Belizean lunch.
After lunch, indulge in a chat with friendly villagers and learn about their culture. On the way back, look out for the shy West Indian Manatees. These guys are very shy, but they'll often pop up to look around. From there, it's back to your resort to relax for the rest of the day.