Hill Bank Field Station

Welcome to Hill BankHill Bank 1 Field Station, home of the Morelet Crocodile and Yellow- Headed Parrot.  Hill Bank Field Station was established in 1995 and is one of two facilities located on the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA), managed by Programme for Belize.   Once inhabited by the ancient Mayan, Hill Bank Field Station also served as a logging camp.

Established as far back as the 1700s by British buccaneers and African slaves, Hill Bank acted as a centre for Mahogany harvesting for over 300 years.  Trees were pulled from the forest to the lagoon, initially by oxen and later by train where they were off loaded, chained together and floated downstream to Belize City for processing.  In the 1950s it is estimated that approximately 400 men, women and children lived at Hill Bank. By 1982 the mahogany supply was depleted and Hill Bank was abandoned.

Today, Hill Bank is a working conservation field station, committed to managing the conservation of Belize’s natural heritage.  With a workforce of up to 30 individuals, Hill Bank is home to a diverse crew of rangers, forestry personnel and a host of others committed to rain forest protection, research and development.

At Hill Bank Field Station, visitors are welcome to explore the beauty of the New River Lagoon, the pristine rain forest and the indigenous wildlife on the RBCMA.  Guests can enjoy day visits or overnight stay in either private cabanas with private bath or dormitory rooms with shared bath.

During your stay at Hill Bank Field Station you will become immerse with your surroundings as you learn and participate directly in rain forest conservation activities.  Your stay is very important to us as all revenues generated are directly implemented into the protection and conservation of the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area.


We hope your stay here is enjoyable and informative and that you experience the uniqueness of the tropical forest with its abundant flora, fauna, and Mayan cultural heritage.

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The Hill Bank Field Station is surrounded by representative samples of three distinct major ecosystems: Sub Tropical broadleaf Rainforest, Wetlands and Pine Savannah.  

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Other Services

Fresh coffee and tea are available daily in the dining hall. All our meals are served buffet style in the dining hall and are tastefully prepared by our experienced kitchen staff.

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Room Rates

Effective July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

(Rates are quoted in US dollars and are per person per night. They also include both hotel tax – 9% and general sales tax – 12.5%. Government Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice and we are not responsible for these changes.)

Dorm Accommodation

Single Occupancy


Double Occupancy


Cabana Accommodation

Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4

Single Occupancy


Double Occupancy


All meals $65.00. Email us directly for current tour and transfer rates.


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Hill Bank Field Station, established in 1995 is one of two field stations located on the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA).

How to get there

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Take the Northern Highway and travel to mile 14 where you will take the Burrell Boom Cut-off. If coming from Airport, turn left unto Northern Highway and proceed to cutoff turning left unto Boom/Hattieville Road.


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Itineraries include; Sample Small Groups or Individual Itineraries, Sample Family Itinerary, Winging It in Belize and much more.

Student Programme

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Arrive Philip Goldson International Airport, Belize City. Two hour bus ride to Hill Bank Field Station. Welcome and settle into living quarters. Orientation to Field Station. Dinner. 

FAQ's & Travel Tips

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Quick Questions for Small Group/Tour Leaders

1. How many persons do you intend to bring in your group?
2. How many males and females are in the group?
3. What is the approximate age range within the group?
4. Do the group members know each other?
5.Do any of the group members have special dietary or other specific requirements?
6.Is your visit to the La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center or Hill Bank Field Station part of a longer tour of Belize or the region? If so please describe.
7.Is the purpose of the visit:

  • primarily recreational
  • recreational with opportunities to learn about rainforest issues.
  • educational with recreational opportunities
  • other – (please explain in the space below)

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