Description: In addition to the three routes
to Hill Bank, there is a fourth route via Burrell Boom.
For the truly adventurous and also for the shortest route from Belize
City a poor road connects from Burrell Boom to Hill Bank via Rancho
Dolores. Follow the
directions in the section for Community Baboon Sanctuary from
Burrell Boom to Double-headed Cabbage. Then continue westward ~6 miles
to Spanish Creek and then Rancho Dolores at N 17° 32.28’ W 88°
38.28'. Continue west another 4 miles. To get around the New
River floodplain the road turns south for 3 miles, then west again for
almost 4 miles. Here the road forks, so turn right and head north for
almost 7 miles and then almost 3 miles northeast to Hill Bank Field
This is also a good birding route with about 150 species
reported, particularly in and near the village of Spanish Creek.
Regular sightings include Great Tinamou, Crested Guan, Agami Heron,
Sungrebe, Brown-hooded Parrot, Yellow-headed Parrot, Striped Cuckoo,
and, once, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle.
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