"Spot spectacular birds among the lush Mexican jungles and mangroves, and the occasional Mayan temple!"
Exploring the Yucatan Peninsula will make you feel as if you have entered into a world beyond the rainbow! You may never again experience anything like it; gaze out on a spectrum of streaking colours and shapes, as the birds soar through the azure skies. On this 11-day tour, you’ll be treated to some spectacular birdwatching as you journey along Mexico’s lush coastal mangroves, through the jungles and rivers of the Yucatan Peninsula. You’ll also visit historical and archaeological sites, including the world-famous Chichen Itza, to add a fascinating cultural dimension to your birdwatching tour!
With over 548 different bird species, the vast number and intense concentration of birds in the Yucatan Peninsula means that you could spot up to 80 different species per day. Travel through the gaping mouths of swampy river estuaries, and delve deep into the lowland jungle of Palenque, an area home to some of the world’s rarest species. Expect to see species such as the Ruddy Crake, the Rufous-Necked Wood-Rail, the Yucatan Parrot and the Yucatan Woodpecker, to name just a few out of hundreds! The chance to observe these exotic creatures in their natural habitats is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The deep green forests and azure lagoons of tropical America are the inspiration behind EcoColors’ vibrant designation. As well as keeping nature in the name, this sustainable tour operator also aims to put nature, and the preservation of natural environments, at the forefront of its operations. EcoColors’ mission is to deliver innovative and exclusive ecotours in the biologically and culturally rich ‘Mayan World’ of Mexico, and to enhance their travellers’ understanding of the natural environments they visit through ‘quality, warmth and education’. All of the company’s tours aim to show off Mexico’s natural wonders, whilst also contributing to the research and ongoing protection of the country’s natural areas.
EcoColors understands that natural habitats are fragile; the company therefore keeps group numbers small, in order to not exceed the biological ‘carrying capacity’ of ecosystems. EcoColors’ tours also contribute to local economies by incorporating visits to rural areas, thereby supporting the communities that inhabit these areas. To ensure that they stay at the forefront of any developments in the field of sustainability, EcoColors works with multiple research organisations including the WWF and the Ecotourism Society. By adopting a collaborative, multi-organisation approach, these agencies are better able to protect natural habitats and their inhabitants.
A Gentle Introduction: You will arrive at Cancun airport and will be transferred to your hotel. Get some rest - it’s going to be a fantastic trip!
Central Vallarte: It’ll be an early rise as you make your way over to Central Vallarte for some early morning birdwatching! You will then spend the night at Puerto Morelos.
Down on the Ranch: Visit the San Salvador Ranch, situated in Rio Lagartos, to see some spectacular scenery. You will then embark on a boat trip through the beautiful mangrove forest, with its meandering waters and lush hanging trees!
Ek’ Balam: Spend the morning at the archaeological site of Ek’ Balam and pay a visit to a cenote (underground pool) in the evening. Feel like a part of history as you pass by the stony tombs and ceremonial arches. Oh, and look out for a few birds while you’re at it!
A Bit of Itza: Another grand day of bird watching at Chichen Itza. Keep those binoculars polished and at the ready!
Sombre Uxmal: Enjoy some rest, as well as some more birdwatching.
Dig A Little Deeper: Sharpen your eyes as you step through the historical landscape of Edzna, Campeche. You will be overcome with excitement as you witness the breath-taking views of a town that is centuries old.
The Palenque Jungle: A rare treat! Take a moment to breathe in the stillness of the world as you visit the Palenque Jungle.
Lush Cristobal: It’s a new day, so you will receive a new day of binge-watching (of birds, not Netflix!) Today? It’s San Cristobal! Set in a gorgeous high-valley, you can expect to see some sightings of the blue-winged teal.
Lovely Corzo: Enjoy the ancient town of Chiapa de Corzo as you soak up your last full day of birdwatching.
Goodbye: You will depart from your hotel before transferring to Tuxtla Gutierrez airport for your flight back home!
- Price shown is per person, based on double occupancy
- A single supplement of approximately £395 will apply
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- Refund policy: by 4 months or more refund is 100%, by 3-4 months 90%, by 2-3 months 70%, by 1-2 months 50% and by less than 1 month no refund.
- Land transportation
- Entrance fees
- The services of a bilingual guide
- Lunches and dinners
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Anything else not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator directly!