Birding in the Yucatan Peninsula
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The Multitude of protected areas and the dawning of a conservation
culture among area inhabitants make the region a treasure for
birds and birders alike.
Day 1: Arrive at Cancun airport and tranfer to Hotel Margarita, in downtown Cancun. Evening at leisure.
2: Early visit to the botanical garden of Puerto Morelos where we may
observe such local birds as the Rose-throated tanager, Yucatan
Woodpecker, White-bellied Wren, Black Catbird, Blue Bunting,
Green-backed Sparrow, and the Orange Oriole, among others.
forth to the archeaological site of Tulum for lunch and birding for
aquatic birds around the site. Continue south to the town of Felipe
Carrillo Puerto where we will overnight at the Hotel Faisan y el Venado
Black-throated Bobwhite (Colinus nigrogularis)
3: We will spend the full day exploring the Carrillo Puerto area,a town
surrounded by tropical semi-deciduous forest which holds a high
diversity of avifauna.
Some of the birds we may see here are:
Thicket Tinamou, King Vulture, Black Ornate Hawk Eagles, Singing Quail,
White-bellied Wren, Orange Oriole, Ocelated turkey, Great Curassow
among others. Overnight in Hotel Faisan y el Venado.
Morning will be spent birding in the forest around our hotel. After
lunch we drive north to the city of Valladolid where we will spend the
next two days. Overnight in Hotel Quinta Real (4 stars)
5: Today we will visit Rio Lagartos National Park, on the northern
coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, which combines desert-like coastal
scrub, thorn forest, a mangrove-fringed estuary lagoon complex and a
area of salt evaporation ponds. Take a boat and journey
through the mangrove lagoons in search of American Flamingo, Reddish
Egret, Boat-billed Heron, Kelp Gull and two endemic birds; the tiny
Mexican Sheartail and the Garrulous Yucatan Wren, among other birds.
After lunch we´ll visit a nearby salt works, home to the Snowy Plover,
Gull-billed Tern, Peregrine Falcon, etc. Return and overnight in
Overnight in Hotel Quinta Real (4 stars)
Day 6: Very
early departure to visit the Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve. This
well preserved jungle habitat may allow us to watch other animals like
Spider Monkeys and Reptiles. Later we arrive at the archeaological site
of Coba to do some birding in the site and on its lagoon.
of the birds we may see in Punta Laguna and Coba are: Tricolored heron,
Singing Quail, Ruddy crake, Collared forest-Falcon, Plain Chachalaca,
Little Blue Heron, Northern Jacana, Royal Tern, Martin and a long etc...
at the site. After our visit we travel east to the city of Playa del
Carmen on the Caribbean coast where we catch the ferry to Cozumel
island. Your private transportation and guide services end here.
Check in and overnight in Hotel Villa Blanca beach garden. (4 stars located right on the beach)
7, 8 and 9: Days at leisure. These days you can continue on your own,
bird watching around the island, snorkeling, scuba diving, shopping,
Day 10) Transfer to Cozumel airport for flight home. End of services.
This Tour Includes:
he price can change depending on the date of the tour. The price includes:
*Private transportation in A/C vehicle
*Private tour guide /ornithologist
*Shared transfer airport-hotel-airport
*Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary and boat trip in Rio Lagartos
Margaritas/Cancun 1 night
Faisan y el Venado/Felipe Carrillo 2 nights
Quinta real/Valladolid 2 nights
Villa Blanca/Cozumel 4 nights
*Insurance and taxes
Does Not Include:
*Any meals or drinks
*Archeaology tour guide (our birding guides are not specialized in Archeaology-Berlanga, Mendez)
*Laundry, telephone calls
*Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary
Suggested items to bring along:
- insect repellent - sunscreen
(preferably biodegradable) - binoculars - hat - raincoat - comfortable
clothes - bathing suit - walking shoes - small towel.
Approximate price per person in double accomodation is $2,306.00
Single supplement: $352.00 usd
Tour price may vary depending on departure date.