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Eastern and Yucatan Endemics Birding Tours - 9 Days

Eastern and Yucatan Endemics Birding Tours

This is 9-day birding expedition is designed to discover the endemics of Yucatan and other specialities, visiting nature reserves, archaeological sites and the island of Cozumel. These locations beside the natural and cultural richness inhabit unique and endemics bird species of the area such as Cozumel emerald, Cozumel vireo, Cozumel wren, Yucatan flycatcher, Black-throated Bobwhite, Yucatan vireo Yellow-backed Oriole, Yucatan Jay, Green jay, Ruddy Woodcreeper, Mexican Sheartail, American Flamingos among others.

Day 1
Day 1- Arrival

Meet & greet at Cancun international airport and transfer to Ría Lagartos (3 – 3.5 hours).If time permits, we start today exploring the reserve.

Welcome dinner

Lodging in Ria Lagartos

Day 2
Day 2 - Ria lagartos

Early morning, we will take a boat ride to explore the estuary looking for endemics like Yucatan Wren, Mexican Sheartail, Yucatan Bobwhite, Yucatan Flycatcher and of course many Flamingoes and shorebirds, salt flats are great spots for these birds. Zenaida Dove, resident Eastern Meadowlark and Yellow (Mangrove) Warbler among others,

Lodging in Ria Lagartos

Day 3
Day 3 - Ria lagartos/ Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Early birding to find some missing birds and to get ready to drive to Felipe Carrillo Puerto town, on the way will do several stops

Lodging at Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

Day 4
Day 4 -Vigia Chico Road/Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Sian Ka´an Reserve is a very big biosphere; we will explore the famous edge of the Reserve Vigia Chico road; we start this day looking for Yucatan Jay, Orange Oriole, Rose-throated Tanager, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan Parrot.

Many chances to spot other species like Ruddy and Tawny Woodcreeper, Royal Flycatcher, Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, White-bellied Emerald.

Tonight we will go out to find Yucatan Nightjar and Yucatan Poorwill

Lodging at Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Day 5
Day 5 - Vigia Chico Road/ Bacalar lagoon

Today after a morning exploring Vigia Chico Road, we go ahead to Bacalar Lagoon area. Our target birds are going to be Gray-collared Becard, White-bellied Wren, Olive Sparrow, Blue-ground Dove, Black-faced Antthrush.

Lodging at Bacalar

Day 6
Day 6 - Bacalar

Early morning drive to Tres Garantias road, very different habitat, target species here are Red-Capped Manakin, White-collared Manakin, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Scaled Pigeon, White-necked Puffbird, Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, Gray-headed Tanager,

Lodging in Bacalar

Day 7
Day 7 - Bacalar / Playa del Carmen

Morning drive to Playa del Carmen, several stops along the way for birding purposes, Lodging at Playa del Carmen

Day 8
Day 8 - Cozumel / Playa del Carmen

This morning we will take the ferry to Cozumel Island, We will end our trip on the Isle of Cozumel, known for its abundance in endemic species. Here we will spot for specialties like Cozumel emerald hummingbird, Cozumel vireo; Cozumel Wren and of course many residents like Black Catbird, White-crowned Pigeon, Caribbean Elaenia, Western Spindolis

Afternoon return to Playa del Carmen

Lodging at Playa del Carmen

Day 9
Day 9

Breakfast and transfer to Cancun airport in time to catch your international flight back home (1 hour)

End of our service

Cozumel Emerald, Cozumel Vireo, Cozumel wren, Yucatan flycatcher, Black-throated Bobwhite, Yucatan vireo Yellow-backed Oriole, Yucatan Jay, Green jay, Ruddy Woodcreeper, Mexican Sheartail, American Flamingos, Tawny Woodcreeper, Royal Flycatcher, Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, White-bellied Emerald among others.

What is included?

  • All lodging as per itinerary sharing room with en-suite facilities
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 9 (2 soft drinks per meal included)
  • Ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Boat transportation at Ria Lagartos
  • Collective ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel round trip
  • Birdwatching specialized tour guide full time from day 1 – 9
  • Local guides in each destination
  • Check List
  • Reserve and parks entrance fees
  • Hotel taxes

What is not included?

  • Extra charges for payments with credit card (4%)
  • International flights
  • Difference in price of hotel accommodation on holidays (Holly week, Christmas and New Year season)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Telephone calls, laundry or any other items of personal nature
  • Tips to drivers and guides
  • Non specified services
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 1  reviews
  1. Yucatan Birding
    Trent Miller01 Feb 2018







    Lily- we had a wonderful time with David and Pedro in Yucatan. Both are 5-star. All went smoothly, at least from our perspective. David added a lot to the trip by taking us to archeological sites and introducing us to the Maya Caste war and the cult of the Talking Cross. We all feel that the itinerary would be improved by spending either one or two nights on Cozumel rather than having to catch the early ferry from Playa. Also, we found our hotel in Playa to be very noisy at night due to the bar scene right outside. I feel that the hotel was not well managed. Other than that- perfect. Thank you for setting up the trip and introducing us the David and Pedro. Best wishes to you and Benedicto, Trent

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Why book with Birding Expeditions?

Birding Expeditions is a professional Guatemalan Birding Tour Company specialising in tailored birding, wildlife and photography tours in the Mayan World (Guatemala, Belize, and Yucatan).Birding Expeditions customise birding tours for independent travellers, avid birdwatchers and small groups, with targeted trips prepared based on client expectations.

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9 Days

Price & Availability

USD4,050 / per person
This tour is operated by: Birding Expeditions

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Tour Facts

  • Mexico
  • Available-Daily
  • Multi-Day-Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8px
  • 9
  • + 15 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Cancun international airport
  • Cancun international airport