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8 DAYS - YUCATAN PENINSULA BIRDING TOUR

The Yucatan Peninsula is an excellent destination for birdwatching due to its location, flat terrain and great habitat variety. The peninsula is home to more than 17 Ramsar Sites. As an example, the Ria Lagartos is internationally renowned for its importance on aquatic birds conservation. The Yucatan peninsula has reported in excess of 500 bird species, a dozen of which have restricted distribution. Bird Watching could also be complemented with visits to Mayan archeological sites such as Chichen-Itza, Coba, and Calakmul.

Birds of interest: Yucatan Nightjar (Antrostomus badius), Cozumel Emerald (Chlorostilbon forficatus), Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus), Yucatan Wren (Campylorhynchus yucatanicus), Rose-throated Tanager (Piranga roseogularis), and Orange Oriole (Icterus auratus).

Arrival to Cancun

Arrival to the international Airport to Cancun, meeting with the tour leader to talk about the itinerary and transfer to the hotel in Cancun.

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Toh Natural Reserve And Coba Archeological site

The day will begin with a visit to Toh Natural Reserve where more than 120 acres of High Mountain forest has been preserved. Near the parking lot Orange Oriole, Plain Chachalaca, Rose-throated Becard, Olive Sparrow can be seen. Then a trail is taken

through the Reserve, where species of interest as Thicket Tinamou, Canivet`s Emerald, Black Headed Trogon, Yucatan Jay and Black Catbird will be spotted. White-tailed deer can also be observed here.

Then, we’ll start our drive to the south of the peninsula to visit the Cobá Archeological site. Here some Mayan ruins can be wandered and species as the

Turquoise-browed Motmot, White-collared Seedeater, Melodious blackbird, Black-headed saltaror, Olive-throated Parakeet can be registered.

On our way out of the archeological zone the Spotted Rail can be seen at the Cobá lagoon.

Night: Turquesa Maya Hotel (Felipe Carrillo – Quintana Roo)

 

Felipe Carrillo and Bat show

An unpaved road is taken in our way to Sian Ka’an where we’ll spot the Red-billed Pigeon, White-winged Dove, White-bellied Emerald, White-fronted Parrot, Olive-throated Parakeet. Then an hour and a half later we’ll arrive to Bacalar where we will have lunch in front of the Bacalar lagoon, with delicious seafood options. Soon after, we’ll continue driving until Xpujil, where at nightfall we’ll observe a Bat Show. Once the show is finished, we’ll commute to the hotel where we will rest for the night.

Night: Casa Ka’an Hotel (Xpujil – Campeche)

 

 

Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

We’ll drive from Xpujil until the Conhuas settlement. At the Jaguar’s Paw Restaurant breakfast will be taken. Soon after we’ll take on out first ingress to the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve where we’ll be able to spot some Red-billed Pigeon, White-winged Dove, White-bellied Emerald, White-fronted Parrot, Olive-throated Parakeet. Then we’ll drive for 35 miles toward the ruins, where 6 miles in we can find the Yucatan jay, Yucatan Woodpecker, Golden-breasted Woodpecker, Yucatan Parrot,

Mangrove vireo. We’ll leave the car at the station, and start our walk to arrive to the ruins. Along the route we’ll be able to observe Ocellated turkey and Black-throated Bobwhite (yucatan) that usually come out to the road. Around the ruins Singing Quail, Northern Bentbill, Carolina wren (White-browed), Brown jay, White-bellied wren, Tropical gnatcatcher and Black-faced Antthrush (Mayan) can be seen.

The Calakmul Reserve with its 1.800.000 acres is a Tropical Forest region with a dense biological diversity. In this reserve the Calakmul Mayan Ruins can be admired, among other settlements of the same culture.

In our way back, a Tawny-winged Woodcreeper, Eye-ringed Flatbill, Chestnut-collared Woodpecker and a Great Curassow could be spotted. Lunch will

be provided in the field due to restaurant limitations in the reserve. In the afternoon we’ll drive to the town Zoh near the lagoon with the same name where we’ll rest.

 

 

Uxmal Archeological site

Very early in the morning we’ll start our 5 hour drive to the Uxmal archeological zone. Uxmal is an antique Mayan city from the classical period. Nowadays it is one of the most important archeological sites of the Mayan culture along with Chiche-Itza and Tikal. It is located in a zone called Puuc and it is the most representative city to exemplify its architectural style.

Here species as the Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Ridgway`s), Cave Swallow (Yucatan) nest and live inside the pyramids. Also, Melodious Blackbird y Roadside hawk can be seen. After lunch, two options are given; a bath at the San Antonio Cerotes where some more birds species can be seen, or a drive to Merida city to rest at the hotel with pool services.

Night: El Conquistador Hotel – Merida

 

Sisal & Chichen-itza Archeological zone

In the morning we will go to Sisal where we will meet a local. We’ll continue by exploring an unpaved road going east of Sisal. One kilometer ahead our first stop

will be where Yucatan wren, Mexican Sheartail, Mangrove vireo, Mangrove swallow, White-lored Gnatcatcher can be seen. Further ahead, a family of Black-throated Bobwhite might greet us. Soon after we will embark on some small canoes to explore the coastal lagoons, where species such as the Reddish Egret (which nest in the months of October and November), Double-crested cormorant, Northern

Jacana y Red-winged Blackbird will delight us. One of the main attractions here is the presence of a colony of American Flamingos that nest here in the months of February and March. The visit at this town can be finished off with a soothing bath at a Peten.

We will continue our expedition towards the Chichen-Itza archeological site, Considered one of “Seven New Wonders of the World” with structures as the Main Temple, the Great Ballplaying Field, and the Astronomical Observatory that corroborates the great contribution from the Mayans to the Astronomy knowledge. Species in the area include the Cinnamon hummingbird, Bat falcon, Yellow-winged tanager, as well as several Turquoise-browed Motmot individuals nesting in the crevices of the Cenote’s wall. We arrive at Valladolid, where dinner is eaten and a well deserved rest is taken.

Night: Casa Tia Micha – Valladolid

Xocen Reserve and Cozumel Island

In the morning we’ll be transported to the Xocen Natural Reserve, which is an acre of local flora and fauna protected by the organization Yucatan Jay.

Here, community monitoring of birds and eco-tourism takes place. Species such as Plain chachalaca, Caribbean Dove, Vermiculated Screech-owl (Guatemalan), Yucatan Poorwill, Turquoise-browed Motmot could be seen. Then we drive to Playa del Carmen to take a ferry that will take us to the Cozumel Island. This ferry commute takes 40 minutes cruising the Caribbean ocean. Once at the island,

we’ll start at the Cha’an Ka’an Planetarium where the Yucatan vireo, Yucatan Woodpecker, Cozumel víreo, Western spindalis y White-crowned Pigeon can

be registered.

Night: Casa Mexicana – Cozumel

 

 

Cozumel ISland and Cancun Airport

In the morning we can explorer the Czumel island, after lunch we sould move to the Cancun Airport to finished the Trip.

 

 

  • more than 200 bird sp; more than 50 endemic species, many migratory species and restringed range
  • Bird guide; Professional guide in Birdwatching with high knowledge of the Ecology and Biology of Bird species
  • Ground Transportation; From the Barranquilla airport, trhougt the trip and back to the airport
  • Life-changing experience; in one week you can shared with local comunities who work for conservation of birds
  • Lodging accommodations; doble accommodation in Ecolodge (where if posible), with air conditioning, private bathrooms, clean and comfortable.
  • Daily meals; Three delicious gourmet meals daily – drinking water, coffee, tea, fresh juices.
  • Travel insurance;
  • Tickets; entrance to the national park and private reserve.
 
 
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