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On this 11-day tour you will have the opportunity to see more than half of the 1040 bird species living in Mexico! You will travel through the best bird watching habitats, including mangroves, estuaries, dry tropical forest and dense lowland rainforest. The Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas state and the Riviera Maya are not only immensely rich in Flora and Fauna; we will also visit some of the magnificent and world-famous archeological ruins in the region such as: Chichen Itza (one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world), Uxmal, Ek Balam, Palenque, among others.
You can find bird species such as: Thicket Tinamou, Great Curassow, Black-throated Bobwhite, Little Yellow-Headed, Crane Hawk, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Barred Forest-Falcon, Ruddy Crake, Rufous-Necked Wood-Rail, Yucatan Parrot, Yucatan Poorwill, Bird of Yucatan, Jay of Yucatan, Mexican Anttrush, Orange Oriole, etc. Thanks to our expert guides (specialists with a master’s degree), the tour will be an extraordinary experience for bird and nature lovers, with real data on the different species.
It is a wonderful and relaxing experience to observe birds in a natural environment as vast and beautiful as the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas state and the Riviera Maya, and EcoColors has it for you with privacy and Luxury.
You will go to the best birding habitats, like mangroves, estuaries, troopical forest and jungles. We will also visit some of the magnificent archeological ruins in the area.
BIRDING GUIDE: LUIS KU
He was born in Yucatan and worked for 17 years in the Botanical Garden, “Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin” of Puerto Morelos. Luis Ku is a birding guide specialist and the most experienced and qualified one in the Yucatan Peninsula. He has been guiding biologists, bird lovers and other specialists in the field. He has spent the last 20 years searching for the best places to find birds around the Yucatan Peninsula.
The first day you will be received by our representative at the Airport. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will spend the night in Cancun to relax and prepare for the trip the next day. Overnight at the Rey del Caribe hotel or similar.
You can start the observation early in an area rich in wildlife located in the jungle area of the municipality of Puerto Morelos, which is located between the city of Cancun and the town of Playa del Carmen. Overnight at Arrecifes II hotel or similar.
This day we will transfer you to the beautiful state of Yucatán, for early bird watching (the place is chosen by Flamingos to rest and feed) and visit the impressive Río Lagartos and the pink pools of Las Coloradas. Later we will take you on a boat trip through the mangrove during the afternoon – night, where you can observe impressive crocodiles in their natural habitat. Overnight at Río Tabasco hotel or similar.
Bird watching begins very early on the fourth day. We will move to the archaeological zone of Ek Balam –which means Jaguar- Star- to enjoy the species that nest there. Later you will visit and you can cool off in the impressive Cenote – the ancient ceremonial center of the Tlaol kingdom. Overnight will be in Unajil Cabins or similar.
On this day we are moving to the Chichen Itza area for early bird watching. Nothing like observing beautiful birds with the Pyramid of Kukulcán in the background (one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world). Overnight will be in the city of Izamal, at the Itzamaltun or similar hotel.
On the sixth day we will move to the archaeological zone of Uxmal, whose buildings are decorated with masks of Chac – Mayan God of the rain -, frets and panels with hieroglyphics. You will be amazed by the large number of birds that you can observe with the archaeological site in the background. Overnight will be at the Uxmal Maya hotel or similar.
Early we continue to the ancient city of Edzná, which was the powerful regional capital of the western peninsular between 400 and 100 A.D., and built an efficient system for collecting, storing and storing rain; production was concentrated, large buildings were erected and the surrounding villages were dominated. Thus, in this area so rich in history you will observe countless birds and other species of local fauna, always with the guidance of our ornithology expert. Overnight will be at Chicanna Ecovillas Resort or similar.
On the eighth day of this magnificent tour, we will move to the beautiful state of Chiapas, to one of the most impressive Mayan archeological sites thanks to its complex architectural and sculptural structures: Palenque. The early observation of birds will have as background ancient Mayan buildings such as the Temple of the Inscriptions (whose geographies tell the story of Pakal the Great, whose remains rested inside), the Palace (located in the central part of the area), the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Count. Overnight will be at Halach Huini Village or similar.
The trip is nearing its end, and we cannot ignore the visit to one of the most beautiful villages in Chiapas: San Cristóbal de las Casa. Included by the Mexican government in 2003 in the “Magical Towns” program, thanks to its architectural heritage and cultural manifestations, the cosmopolitan town (favorite of many European, Asian and North American visitors) is surrounded by mountains with dense forests, which will make early bird watching a delight. Overnight tonight will be at the picturesque Casa Mexicana or similar hotel.
The last day of bird watching arrived. It has been a long journey rich in history, culture, beautiful landscapes and, of course, countless bird species. It touches then the visit to what was the first capital of Chiapas, and the only city that could not be bent by the Spanish conquerors, so it has a halo of mysticism. It is surrounded by impressive mountains and has one of the piers to tour the world famous Sumidero Canyon. Bird watching will be done early having the opportunity to appreciate species such as: Sapphire of White Ears, Zopilote Aura, Fat Beak Degollado, Hummingbird Garganta Rubí, Tucancillo Collarejo, Chipe de Townsend, Parakeet Orange Face, among many others. Overnight will be at the Hotel Real Avenida or similar.
This extraordinary tour has come to an end, full of beautiful landscapes, countless birds and data from unique historical sites. After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Tuxtla Gutierrez airport for your flight back home.