Chiapas Zoque Route Birding Tour / March 3 - 11, 2016

          This tour is designed to complement our The Chiapas Highlands~ Mayan Traditions and Textiles

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Introduction

Travel the Zoque Birding Route with our renowned Chiapas bird guide, Alberto Martinez, and Travelian’s expert bird guides, Rodrigo Lopez and Norman Besman! This tour covers the central valley of Chiapas and the Highlands area surrounding San Cristobal de las Casas.

Join Travelian Tours for this outstanding birding excursion with a small group of birding enthusiasts. Travel in new secure vans, enjoy local cuisine, and sleep in comfortable modern hotels.

For this tour, the base lodging will be in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital city of Chiapas. Take day trips from Tuxtla and experience a wide variety of environments with both endemic and migrating birds. Head up to the highlands for a one night stay in San Cristobal de las Casas to experience five birding areas surrounding this magical city.

Start with Selva El Ocote, an area of upland rainforest. It forms the second largest rainforest in Mexico along with its neighboring preserves Chimalapas and Uxpanapa. The three million acres of intact forest are created by tropical storms that linger against its mountains. El Ocote’s recent bird count is at 429 species! Target species for this area: Stub Tailed Spadebill, Central American Pygmy-Owl, Flammulated Flycatcher, Buff-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Green Shrike-Vireo, Nava’s Wren, Gray-collared Becard, Nightingale Wren, Spotted Wood-Quail, Slaty-Breasted Tinamou, Maroon-chested Ground-Dove, Masked Tityra, Scarlet-rumped Tanager, Crimson-Collared Tanager, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Black-Faced Grosbeak, Montezuma Oropendola, Bat Falcon.

Next, take in La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve located in the Sierra Madre mountain range, covering 413,253 acres of cloud forest, tropical forest and pine-oak forest. Target species for this area: Rosita’s Bunting (Rose-Bellied Bunting), Orange-breasted Bunting, Sumicrast’s Sparrow (Cinnamon-Tailed Sparrow), Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, Roadrunner, Rufous-naped Wren.

That day, we’ll continue our journey to Arriaga, located on the edge of the Sierra Madre and the Pacific Coastal Plain. Target species for this area: Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Pacific Parakeet, White-bellied Chachalaca, Double-striped Thick-knee, Giant Wren, Plain-breasted Ground-Dove, Rufous-naped Wren, Pheasant Cuckoo.

The following day, visit the remote mountain village of Tapalapa for an incredible all day birding excursion! Target birds for this area: White-breasted Hawk, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Mountain Trogon, Collared Trogon, Blue-throated Motmot, Spotted Woodcreeper, Scaly-thorated Foliage-gleaner, Eye-ringed Flatbill, Black-throated Jay, Azure-hooded Jay, Steller’s Jay, Unicolored Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush, Elegant Euphonia. Return to our hotel in Tuxtla for that night.

Early the next morning, once checking out of our Tuxtla hotel, head up to visit three sites near San Cristobal de las Casas: Las Lagunas, Moxquivil, and El Duraznal for morning bird watching. After checking into our hotel and enjoying lunch, visit Huitepec Reserve for its many endemic birds. Target birds for these areas: White-eared Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird, Green Hummingbird, Golden–cheeked Warbler, Sparkling-tailed Woodstar, Barred Forest-Falcon, Singing Quail, Blue-and-White Mockingbird, Blue-Throated Motmot, Scaled Antpitta, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Pink-headed Warbler.

Early the following morning, head up to the higher elevation of Tzomtehuitz. Target species for this area: Barred Forest-Falcon, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Highland Guan, Black-throated Jay, Yellow-eyed Junco, Mountain Thrush, Black Thrush, Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush, Singing Quail. Later that day, return to the lower elevation of Tuxtla for the night. Rest up for our following early morning departure to Cima de las Cotorras, or Parrot’s Sinkhole, a large pit in a limestone plateau. The sinkhole was caused by chemical weathering which after many years caused the cavern roof to collapse and created an opening with vertical walls. Its depth is 459 feet, and its diameter is 525 feet. The sinkhole has many interesting and mysterious Zoque paintings dating back 5,000-10,000 years which may be seen with scopes and binoculars. Target bird species for this site: Thicket Tinamou, Northern Bobwhite, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, Plain-capped Starthroat, Bat Falcon, Green Parakeet, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Piratic Flycatcher, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Variable Seedeater, Grayish Saltator, Pheasant Cuckoo.

On the last morning of this action-packed tour, depart for the Sumidero National Park. First, visit the rim level with its many lookouts. The Canyon was formed by a geological fault millions of years ago. At the bottom lies the Grijalva River. There are about 195 species of birds found in the park due to its diverse vegetation. Later that morning, ride to the Magic Town of Chiapa de Corzo for a delicious Chiapan lunch. After lunch, take a private boat along the Grijalva River for further bird-watching and remarkable views. Target Species for this day: Belted Flycatcher, Blue-and-White Mockingbird, Fan-tailed Warbler, Gray-Collared Becard, Blue Seedeater, Pheasant Cuckoo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Black-headed Saltator, Yellow Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Varied Bunting, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Streak-backed Oriole, Red-breasted Chat, Violaceous Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Slender Sheartail, Banded Wren.

Finish the tour with a “farewell dinner” among newfound friends and friendly guides in Tuxtla Gutierrez! The next day is a travel day for those returning to San Miguel w ith our guides, Rodrigo Lopez and Norman Besman; other travelers may wish to stay longer in Chiapas or other areas of Mexico.

We hope you will join us for this extraordinary bird watching tour with a small group of keen birders and a team of expert bird guides!






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This tour begins and ends at the Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport
You are responsible for your own air transportation.
We will provide airport shuttles for a fee.

Air Transportation:
If you wish to travel with our guides they will be flying on:

» February 25, 2016 - Interjet Flight #2605
Departing at 1:25 P.M. from Mexico City (Benito Juarez International Airport)
Arriving at 2:50 P.M. to Tuxtla Gutierrez (Ángel Albino Corzo International Airport)
Flight times may change, however, our goal is to depart at this time.

» March 4, 2016 - Interjet Flight #2608
Departing at 8:55 A.M. from Tuxtla Gutierrez (Ángel Albino Corzo International Airport)
Arriving at 10:30 A.M. to Mexico City (Benito Juarez International Airport)

Airport Shuttles:
We are able to offer you van transportation for a fee
(these prices apply for a minimum of 8 passengers)

» February 25, 2016
Departing at 7:00 A.M. from San Miguel de Allende (St. Paul’s Church~ Cardo #6)
to Mexico City airport
Shuttle cost: $ 70 USD  |  Discounted price paying with Mexican Pesos in cash: $ 950 MXN
(Sack breakfast will be provided)

» March 4, 2016
Departing at approximately 12:00 P.M. from Mexico City airport
to San Miguel de Allende (St. Paul’s Church~ Cardo #6) arriving at approximately 4:30 P.M.
Shuttle cost: $ 70 USD  |  Discounted price paying with Mexican Pesos in cash: $ 950 MXN




Day one

day 1 - MARCH 3RD, THURSDAY

travel day to CHIAPAS

7:00 AM Depart from St. Paul’s Church. Shuttle van available (extra cost) from San Miguel de Allende to Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. Box breakfast/lunch provided.
Guide, Norman Besman, will take Interjet #2605 at 1:25 pm arriving in Tuxtla at 2:50 pm.
Shuttle pick up for those flying with our Travelian Guide, Norman Besman, from the airport in Tuxtla Gutierrez to the hotel (fee included).
6:00 PM Meet in hotel lobby for dinner* at hotel with the Chiapas Highlands Tour group.

day 2 - MARCH 4TH, friDAY

SELVA EL OCOTE

5:00 AM Depart for birding in Selva El Ocote. Breakfast provided en route. Arrive at the park for bird-watching all morning. Lunch*at nearby regional restaurant. Visit nearby lakes for afternoon birding. Return to Tuxtla hotel.
6:30 PM Meet in lobby for dinner* at the hotel.

day 3 - MARCH 5th, SATURDAY

SEPULTURA BIOSPHERE RESERVE

5:00 AM Depart for Sepultura Biosphere. Breakfast provided en route. Arrive at reserve for several hours of birding. Depart for Ariaga for lunch* and bird-watching. That afternoon return to Tuxtla hotel.
6:30 PM Meet for dinner* at hotel.

day 4 - MARCH 6th, SUNDAY

TAPALAPA

5:00 AM Depart for birding at Tapalapa. Breakfast provided en route. Arrive in Tapalapa for bird-watching. Early afternoon return to Tuxtla hotel (box lunch provided en route). Arrive at hotel. 5:30 PM Meet for dinner* at nearby restaurant.

day 5 - MARCH 7TH, MONDAY

HIGHLAND BIRDING ~LAS LAGUNAS, MOXQUIVIL, EL DURAZNAL, AND HUITEPEC

5:30 AM Check out of hotel in Tuxtla, and depart for San Cristobal de las Casas. Breakfast provided en route. Arrive at Las Lagunas for birding, then go to Moxquivil and El Duraznal that morning. Depart for hotel. Check into hotel. Walk to nearby restaurant for lunch *.
3:30 PM Depart from hotel to bird-watch at Huitepec, Return to hotel.
6:00 PM Meet in lobby of hotel. Walk to nearby restaurant for dinner*.

day 6 - MARCH 8tH, TUESDAY

HIGHLAND BIRDING AND RETURN TO TUXTLA

6:00 AM depart for Tzomtehuitz for bird-watching. Breakfast provided en route. Return to hotel for packing and check out. Walk or drive to nearby restaurant for lunch*. After lunch have time to explore downtown.
4:00 PM Meet at designated location for departure to hotel in Tuxtla Gutierrez. Arrive at hotel and check into hotel.
6:30 PM Meet in lobby and depart for dinner*.

day 7 - MARCH 9TH, WEDNESDAY

SIMA DE LAS COTORRAS

5:00 AM Depart for Cima de las Cotorras for bird watching. Breakfast provided en route. Have lunch* at nearby hotel/ restaurant. After lunch stop for birding on the way back to Tuxtla. Return to hotel.
6:00 PM Meet in lobby and depart for dinner*.

day 8 - MARCH 10TH, THURSDAY

BIRDING AT SUMIDERO CANYON NATIONAL PARK

6:30 AM Depart for Sumidero Canyon Overlook (Miradores) for early morning bird-watching. Breakfast provided en route. After birding, depart for Chiapa de Corzo. Arrive at special regional Chiapan restaurant for lunch*. After lunch, take a private boat into the Sumidero Canyon for bird-watching. Depart for Tuxtla hotel.
6:30 PM Depart for special restaurant for “Farewell Dinner”*.

day 9 - MARCH 11TH, FRIDAY

TRAVEL DAY

5:30 AM Check out of hotel (have coffee in your room if available).
6:00 AM Depart on shuttle to airport if traveling with Travelian guides, Rodrigo and Norman. (included in fee)
8:55 AM Depart on Interjet Flight# 2608 to Mexico City
10:30 AM Arrive at Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport. (pick up luggage and have time to pick up food and drinks*).
12:00 PM Shuttle Driver will meet Travelian guides and travelers at a designated location. Rodrigo and Norman will let you know where to meet. You will need to carry or roll your bags for some distance to our shuttle. Drive to San Miguel de Allende. (Shuttle from Mexico City airport to San Miguel de Allende is an additional fee).
4:30-5:00 PM Approximate arrival time to San Miguel de Allende, St. Paul’s Church.

asterisk Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the fee.
    This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.


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What's included

 Accommodations (8 nights)
 Breakfast daily, one lunch
 Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary
 Comfortable private transportation with driver
 Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
 Professional local guides
 Travelian Tour leaders
 Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10

Booking and cancellation policies
We accept payments by:
bullet Credit Card (PayPal) through our Online Booking System
bullet MXN Cash (Mexican Pesos) Read More
bullet USD Wire Transfers Read More
bullet Checks (No US Bank Checks please) Read More

Trip form
Please remember that each traveler must turn in a signed Trip Form
(Except users of our Online Booking System

Instructions for Trip Form:
 bullet Download this link: Trip form
 bullet Print it, fill it out and sign it
 bullet You may scan it and email it to Rodrigo Lopez at: rodrigo@travelian.com.mx
    OR
 bullet Put your Trip Form, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope
 bullet Seal the envelope and address it to: Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB 214-B
 bullet If you are in San Miguel de Allende, deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
 bullet If you are in United States or in Canada or another country outside Mexico, mail it to:
    Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
    220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
    Laredo, TX 78043-4464

Cancellation Policy
If a traveler cancels a reservation 65 days or more before the departure date, a refund will be made of the amount paid in excess of the $250 USD non-refundable deposit.
If a traveler cancels a reservation less than 65 days before the departure date, no refund will be made of any payments received.
If you are able to find a traveler to fill your space, or Travelian is able to fill the space from a waiting list, we'll refund 100% of any payments you have made.
If Travelian does not have the minimum number of travelers necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund of any payments you have made.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance for your protection.
    Here are links for providers we recommend:
    www.insuremytrip.com
    www.allianztravelinsurance.com
    www.travelguard.com


Payment with credit card
    To pay with credit card, please use our Online Booking System it's very simple.


Payment with cash (only mxn pesos)
    At the moment we can only accept cash payments in pesos.
    All cash payments must be delivered to Rodrigo Lopez or Colleen Besman personally:
    bullet Rodrigo Tel. 415 152 1662, Cel. 415 100 2081
    bullet Colleen Tel. 415 152 3644, Cel. 415 101 9175
    bullet reservations@travelian.com.mx


Payment by wire transfer
    To pay by wire transfer from a U.S. Bank in U.S. Dollars, please use this information:

    bullet Beneficiary: Intercam Casa de Bolsa, S.A. de C.V.
    bullet Address of beneficiary:  Rio Tiber No. 67   Col. Cuauhtemoc   06500 Mexico, D.F.
    bullet Account No. 8900720557
    bullet ABA (Routing): 021 000 018 (for domestic transfers, within the USA)
    bullet Bank: Bank of New York Mellon
    bullet Branch address:  1 Wall Street 19th floor   New York, N.Y.   10015 U.S.A.
    bullet For further credit to: Rodrigo Lopez

       Please notify Rodrigo Lopez, of the expecting wire transfers so that we can identify
       them immediately.

       For any questions regarding this matter, please contact directly Rodrigo Lopez
       Email: rodrigo@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 100 2798

       To to download or print this information about Wire Transfers, please click here.


Payment with check (don't send US checks please)
     If using a bank account from Canada or another country (except USA), please make
     your checks payable to: Rodrigo Ulises Lopez Valdes

    bullet Put your check, Trip Form, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope
    bullet Seal the envelope and address it to:     Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB 214-B
    bullet If you are in SMA, deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
    bullet If you are in United States or in Canada or another country outside Mexico, mail it to:
       Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
       220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
       Laredo, TX 78043-4464

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What to take
We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry.
A good size daypack is also essential.

Check list
bullet Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (copies are fine)
bullet Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
bullet Water Bottle
bullet Binoculars
bullet Camera
bullet Flashlight
bullet Hat
bullet Sunblock
bullet Sunglasses
bullet Umbrella and rain gear
bullet Hiking sticks
bullet Insect repellent
bullet Day pack
bullet Light-weight walking/hiking shoes
bullet A fleece garment can be useful in case of chilly mornings
bullet Pack your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your day pack, a supply of
   resealable plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items from the breakfast,
   to be used as mid-morning snacks
bullet Be sure to bring your own kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
bullet Money belt
bullet Personal prescription drugs
bullet First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or
   similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder)



Date
March 3-11, 2016

Duration
9 days

Travel style
Birding & Nature

Trip type
Small Group

Physical demands

Start/Finish City
Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Trip Cost
Please request a quote by sending an email to: reservations@travelian.com.mx

or please give us a call:

+52 (415) 100 2798
+52 (415) 100 9175
+52 (415) 152 3644
+52 (415) 152 1662