Oaxaca Birding Tour
Central Valley, Highlands, Isthmus, Pacific Lowlands & Coast

  • oaxaca-birding

Tour at a Glance

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TRAVELIAN JOURNEYS  
  Limited to 16 guests                   10 Days / 9 Nights                Physical demand: Level 3  
     
TOUR DATES  
  Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2017                 Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2018           Nov 27 - Dec 6 2019  
     
2017 - COST PER PERSON:     Change currency to: CAD | USD

 
  Sharing room:                     $ 30,000  
  Single supplement:            $    6,000  
  Charges will be processed in MXN.  
     
  Eventbrite - Oaxaca Birding  
     

Tour Details

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Journey with Travelian’s knowledgeable guides to the varied landscape of Oaxaca for an exciting and remarkable bird-watching adventure! Stay in comfortable modern hotels and ride in safe vans with outstanding drivers. Visit the high oak forests of Benito Juarez National Park for bird watching at Arroyo Guacamayas. Some of our target species: Oaxaca sparrow, Boucard’s Wren, Red Warbler, Dwarf Jay and White-throated Towhee.

Drive to Teotitlan del Valle, the Yagul Archeological Site and the route to the lowlands of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec for more bird-watching. Some of our target species: Bridled Sparrow, Oscellated Thrasher, Beautiful Hummingbird, Pileated Flycatcher.

In the Isthmus visit the higher elevation forest of La Mata and the shores of Laguna Superior, Santa Maria Xadani. After lunch in Juchitan drive to Huatulco birding along the route. Some of our target species: Rose-bellied Bunting, Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow, and the Lesser Ground-cuckoo.

Have an extra day off to relax and birdwatch on your own or join one of our optional tours (A boat ride to the Bays of Huatulco for pelagic birding, snorkeling and lunch, or go on a birding tour of Copalita Eco –Archeological Park).

Early the next morning visit the Huatulco National Park for bird-watching. Stop for lunch at Playa Maguey. Travelers may stay at the beach and enjoy swimming. Our driver will pick up travelers at designated times to return to the hotel. Some of our target species: Flammulated Flycatcher, Colima Pygmy Owl, and the Red-breasted Chat.

The following morning travel up 4,000 feet to Pluma Hidalgo’s cloud forest for a full day of bird-watching. Enjoy lunch at a lovely lodge. Some of our target species: Blue-capped Hummingbird, Grey-crowned Woodpecker, Grace’s Warbler, Golden Vireo.

The next day our location is at lower elevation in the lush tropical forest of a beautiful eco tropical garden, where we’ll enjoy breakfast birding-watching, and a delicious lunch. The site is next to the pristine Magdalena River for those of you who wish to take a refreshing swim be sure to bring along your bathing suits! We’ll travel to Puerto Escondido after our morning and early afternoon of birding in the gardens. Some of our target species: Citreoline Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, and the Orange-breasted Bunting.

The following morning we leave for a boat ride to visit many species of birds in Laguna de Manialtepec. This Lagoon is four miles long with remarkable mangroves filled with nesting birds. Lunch and birding will take place on a sandbank between the ocean and the lagoon. Some of our target species: Roseate Spoonbill, Mangrove Vireo, Magnificient Frigatebirds, and Wood storks, and many other water birds.

On our last day we’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast and check out of the hotel. This is the end of our tour. Some travelers may wish to stay longer, fly to Oaxaca City, or be driven back to Huatulco (we can arrange a private driver for you). Others may wish to return with our Travelian guides who will be departing that morning for our flight to Mexico City. Please check our itinerary for details.

The list of bird species we’ve given you are a fraction of what you’ll be witnessing. We look forward to having you join us for this action-packed birding adventure in beautiful Oaxaca!

This tour begins in Oaxaca City and ends in Puerto Escondido
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:

» November 30, 2017 - Interjet Flight #2662
Departing at 1:00 P.M. from Mexico City (Benito Juarez International Airport)
Arriving at 2:05 P.M. to Oaxaca (Xoxocotlan International Airport)
Flight times may change, however, our goal is to depart at this time.

» December 9, 2017 - Aeromar Flight #536
Departing at 12:15 P.M. from Puerto Escondido (International Airport)
Arriving at 1:45 P.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)

» November 30, 2017
Departing at 7:00 A.M. from San Miguel de Allende (St. Paul’s Church~ Cardo #6)
to Mexico City airport
Shuttle cost: $ 1400 MXN  |  (Sack breakfast will be provided)

»  December 9, 2017
Departing at approximately 2:45 P.M. from Mexico City airport
to San Miguel de Allende (St. Paul’s Church~ Cardo #6) arriving at approximately 7:30 P.M.
Shuttle cost: $ 1400 MXN


Itinerary - 10 Days


day 1 - travel day to oaxaca

Arrive to Oaxaca
Shuttle pick up at airport to hotel included for travelers flying in with Travelian guides
Check in – Get settled at hotel
Meet the departing Highland Group in lobby to leave for dinner* at a nearby restaurant
Night in Oaxaca

day 2 - BIRDING IN THE MOUNTAINS

Breakfast at hotel
Leave for all day birding at Arroyo Guacamayas in Benito Juarez Mountains
Lunch included (fresh trout)
Drive back to hotel in Oaxaca
Meet in lobby to leave for dinner* at a nearby restaurant
Night in Oaxaca

day 3 - birding in teotitlan, yagul - travel to isthmus

Breakfast at hotel – Check out
Leave for Teotitlan del Valle, birding around the village and dam
Visit Yagul Archeological Site for birding
Lunch* outside Mitla
Travel to coastal lowlands, birding en route
Arrive at hotel
Check in and have dinner* at hotel
Night in Tehuantepec

day 4 - BIRDING IN LA MATA & LOWLANDS NEAR JUCHITAN - TRAVEL TO HUATULCO

Breakfast at hotel - Check out
Leave for bird-watching at La Mata and Santa Maria Xadani
Lunch* in Juchitan
Travel to Huatulco birding en route
Arrive in Huatulco late afternoon- check into hotel
Dinner* at Hotel
Night in Huatulco

day 5 - FREE DAY OR OPTIONAL TOUR (Extra fee)

Breakfast at hotel
Free day to relax at hotel or beach
Lunch* at hotel or on tour
Optional Tour offered for an extra fee:
- Private boat tour of the Bays of Huatulco for pelagic birding, lunch and snorkeling
  (min 7 travelers)
Return to hotel and meet for dinner*
Night in Huatulco

day 6 - BIRDING AT HUATULCO NATIONAL PARK, LUNCH AT THE BEACH

Monday Breakfast at hotel
Leave for bird-watching in Huatulco National Park
Stop for lunch* at Playa Maguey
Enjoy spending the afternoon at the beach, or return to hotel
(there will be two departure times depending on what the group wants to do) 
Meet for dinner* at a nearby restaurant
Night in Huatulco

day 7 - BIRDING AT PLUMA HIDALGO

Breakfast at hotel
Leave for bird-watching in Pluma Hidalgo, birding en route
Lunch* at lodge
Return to Huatulco with birding in en route
Dinner at nearby restaurant
Night in Huatulco

day 8 - BIRDING AT ECO TROPICAL GARDEN - TRAVEL TO PUERTO ESCONDIDO

Early coffee at hotel and check out
Leave for bird-watching and breakfast at Eco Tropical Garden
Bird watching at the site (Lunch included)
Optional swim in the Magdalena River
Depart for Puerto Escondido
Arrive in Puerto Escondido and check into hotel – Dinner* at hotel
Night in Puerto Escondido

day 9 - BIRDING FROM BOAT IN LAGUNA DE MANIALTEPEC

Breakfast at hotel
Leave for birdwatching in boat at Laguna de Manialtepec
Lunch included
Return to Puerto Escondido hotel
Afternoon birding
Farewell Dinner* at special restaurant
Night in Puerto Escondido

day 10 - TRAVEL DAY BACK TO SAN MIGUEL OR OTHER DESTINATION OF PREFERENCE

Breakfast at hotel - Check out at 11:00 am
(Shuttle to airport included for travelers returning with Travelian Guides)

* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the trip's fee.
This Itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.

 
 

WHAT TO TAKE

 
     
  Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (original passport needed for flying)
  Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  Credit Cards, Debit card, Cash in Pesos for the first day (Cash machines are available)
  Active Cell Phone with recharger
  Bring sufficient funds for meals and beverages not included in trip cost
  Money Belt
  Water Bottle
  Binoculars
  Camera with extra memory and battery charger
  Travel Flashlight
  Bathing Suit
  Hat
  Sunblock
  Sunglasses
  Insect Repellent
  Day Pack
  Light-weight Walking Shoes
  Sturdy walking shoes or boots for highland trails
  A fleece garment or light jacket can be useful in case of chilly mornings or evenings (highland mornings will be cool)
  Simple comfortable clothing for day and evening wear
  Rain shell for mountain mist
  Pack your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your day pack
  A supply of Ziplock plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items to be used as snacks
  Be sure to bring your own Kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, Dramamine or other motion sickness med if susceptible)
  Personal prescription drugs
 
 

     
 

Further details about this tour

 
 
 
.   Travel Physical Demands
.   Reservations
.   Payment Options
.   Cancellations
.   Trip Insurance
     
 

Travelian Tour Leader

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Rodrigo Lopez
Photo of Rodrigo López Rodrigo is an enthusiastic birdwatcher and photographer. His love of Mexico is shared daily in the outstanding in-depth tours he develops and shares with travelers. He holds degrees in Business Administration from the prestigious Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City, and Creative Marketing from Texas A & M (Mexico City Program).
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Tour Costline

 

$30000

  Price per person, double occupancy.
For a single-room, add:
 

$5500

     
 
INCLUDES:
  Accommodations (9 nights)
  Breakfast daily and 3 lunches
  Entrance fees
  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
  Travelian tour leaders
  Expert local bird guides
  Small group experience: 16 travelers maximum
     
  Evenbrite - Oaxaca Birding Tour
 

Physical Demand

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    LEVEL 3
    Includes Level 2 plus: Walking or hiking modest uphill/downhill unimproved / dirt trails for up to four hours at a time. Or walking in urban or rural settings with significant stair climbing.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.
 
 

Featured Photo

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  Our adventurous group of birders at Hagia Sofia Botanical Garden, Oaxaca.

 
 

 

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