Spring 2015 - BIO 3302: Tropical Biology of Belize

Tropical Biology Belize



March 13-21, 2015 (Spring Break)

toucan belizeMarch 13 - Air travel from Austin (AUS) to Belize (BZE); bus travel to Succotz in Western Belize; overnight stay at the Trek Stop the next four nights

March 14 -- Hike in the forests adjacent to the Trek Stop; visit a Butterfly Garden

March 15 — Visit a well-known Mayan site and study in the surrounding forest and river.

March 16 — Trip to Tikal in Guatemala; explore some of the most spectacular Mayan ruins in the world and see lots of rain forest wildlife

March 17 — Bus trip to Belize City; Water taxi to Caye Caulker in the Caribbean; overview of the island ; overnight at Tom’s Hotel the next four nights

March 18 — Snorkeling lessons; snorkel in the lagoon; study beach plant communities

March 19 — Snorkeling trip to visit Hol Chan Marine Bioreserve and other reef areas

March 20 — Snorkeling trip to the mangroves and at  Goff ‘s Caye

March 21 — Commuter airline flight from Caye Caulker to Belize City; international flight to Austin

Course Fee: $2120

Belize fishing hutThe course fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Austin to Belize
  • All local transportation, including buses and water taxis
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions to Tikal Mayan ruins
  • Tours of shark preserve
  • Snorkel tour of island preserve
  • International travel Insurance
  • Exit taxes
  • Entrance fees to all parks and points of interest

The course fee does not include:

  • Passport
  • Tuition
  • Books and materials
  • Some meals


Instructor: Dr. Larry Meissner


"Doc" Meissner has been leading CTX travel courses to exotic locations for  years, and his trips always earn rave reviews.  Belize is one of his favorite locations - he's been there more than 30 times!


ocelot_belize1) Contact Study Abroad Coordinator Richard Potts (Richard.Potts@concordia.edu) in office F211. Or meet with course instructor Dr. Larry Meissner for permission to enroll.


2) Submit Travel Course Enrollment Packet (available in Office of Study Abroad, F211).


3) Pay nonrefundable deposit of $300.


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