The Chiapas Lowlands~Lacandon Jungle Route     

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Introduction

Take an extraordinary Travelian Tour for bird watching and visiting remarkable Mayan ruins in the highland pine forests and untouched jungles of Chiapas with us and our expert local guides!

Spend the first night in San Cristobal de las Casas, then head down to Montebello Lakes National Park, an area consisting of 59 lakes of varied hues in a pine forest. The lakes are famous for striking colors that differ due to their different mineral contents, ranging from emerald and turquoise to dark green, and even purple and reddish black. Lago Tziscao is the largest of the lakes, and offers outstanding bird watching and hiking. We’ll stay the night at an eco lodge on the shores of this beautiful lake.

The following morning we’ll drive up the mountain to a waterfall for bird watching and lunch at an eco lodge. Our next stop will be a remarkable eco lodge situated on the banks of the Lacantun River where we will spend the night. Be prepared to add new birds to your “Life List” at this beautiful location! You will have a chance to see and hear howler monkeys in the nearby trees and agoutis running about freely in the brush as well. The next day we’ll take an early boat ride along the river into the untouched Lacandon Jungle with our expert bird guides.

Afterward, we’ll drive to an eco lodge in the town of Frontera Corozal on the banks of the Usumacinta River (one of the largest rivers in Central America), marking the border between Mexico and Guatemala. The following morning, we’ll leave early on a boat ride with our guides to the remarkable Mayan site of Yaxchilan! This stunning site is brimming with lush jungle and plenty of wildlife. Our guides will inform you about this archeological site while identifying a large variety of tropical birds residing in and visiting this area. Our boat ride will offer us plenty of birding as well. After we return to our lodge, we’ll pack up and have lunch. Our guides will take us on a drive through jungle roads to a different eco lodge near the archeological site of Bonampak for the night. The next morning after an early breakfast we’ll check out of our lodge and head to the site of Bonampak with its finely preserved Mayan murals. We’ll spend time learning about this site from our expert guides.

Next we’ll drive to our hotel in Palenque! You’ll be in for a treat at this elegant comfortable hotel. We’ll have time to relax, swim, or bird watch at this gorgeous place surrounded by lush jungle. A presentation about the exquisite and picturesque Palenque Archeological site will be shared with our group by our expert guide. A private tour of the site will be led by our guide




Itinerary


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Day one

Fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez ~ You will need to make your own air reservations. We recommend flying on either Interjet or Aeromexico. If you would like to share a van to the airport in Mexico City (we'll have lunch* at the airport) our guide will be departing at 7:00 am from San Miguel de Allende and will fly on Interjet flight 2605 at 1:25 pm to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Arrive in Tuxtla Gutierrez and a shuttle will take us to our hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas. Check into hotel and meet up with Rodrigo and bird guide. Meet in hotel lobby and walk to dinner*.

A fee will be charged for van transportation each way: San Miguel to Mexico City airport / Mexico City airport to San Miguel.


Day two

7:00 A. M  Breakfast at hotel. Check out. Leave for Lagos de Montebello. Bird watch in the area. Check into Eco Lodge. Have lunch*. Go out for birding at the site. Meet for dinner* at the lodge.


Day three

7:00 A. M. Breakfast and bird watching. Check out and head to Las Nubes for lunch* and bird watching. Drive to our hotel. Enjoy the jungle surroundings and have dinner*.


Day four

6:30 A. M. Breakfast. Take a private boat tour along the Lacantun River to see birds of this region with local expert guides. Lunch* at the lodge. Drive to our eco lodge. Check into Eco Lodge. Relax and have dinner. Birding will be available before dinner*.


Day five

6:30 A. M. Breakfast at the lodge. Take a boat ride along the Usumacinta River to the Yaxchilan Ruins for an archeological tour and birding with local expert guides. (Be sure to take water and snacks!)  Return to our Lodge for late lunch*. Check out and leave for Rio Lacanja area. Check into Eco Lodge. Relax and have dinner*.


Day six

6:30 A.M.  Breakfast at the lodge. Drive to Bonampak site for an archeological tour with our local expert guides. (Be sure to take water and snacks). Return to our hotel, have lunch* and check out. Drive to Palenque. Enjoy our beautiful hotel. Take a swim, bird watch from the gardens, or relax. Dinner* and presentation on Palenque by our expert guide at our hotel.


Day seven

7:00 A.M.  Breakfast at our hotel. Private early morning tour of Palenque site with our expert guide. Return to our hotel to freshen up and check out and have lunch*.  Drive to Villahermosa. Check into hotel, relax, and have dinner* at hotel.


Day eight

Return to San Miguel You may wish to stay longer in Tabasco or leave directly for the US or Canada. If you wish to return to San Miguel with our guides, we will leave for the airport at 9:30 am We’ll fly on Interjet airflight 2541 at 11:25 am. (We'll pick up sandwiches* at the Mexico City airport) A van will pick us in Mexico City and take us to San Miguel de Allende.

A fee will be charged for van transportation each way: San Miguel to Mexico City airport / Mexico City airport to San Miguel.

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




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What's included

 Accommodations (7 nights)
 Breakfast daily
 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 bird watching guides
 Professional archeology guides
 Jungle boat tours with expert guides
 Travelian Tour leaders
 Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10

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Booking and cancellation policies

We accept payments by:

   Credit Card (Paypal) through our Online Booking System    

   USD Wire Transfers Read More

   Checks (No US Bank Checks please) Read More

   MXN Cash (Mexican Pesos) Read More

Please remember that each traveler must turn in a signed Trip Form
(Except if you are using our Online Booking System)

Instructions for Trip Form:
 bullet Download this link: Trip form
 bullet Fill it out
 bullet Print it and sign it
 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


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




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 Lopez

    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 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






Payment with cash (only mxn pesos)
    At the moment we can only accept cash payments in pesos.
    All cash payments must be delivered to Carmen Silva personally:
    bullet Tel. 415 152 1662, Cel. 415 100 2081  reservations@travelian.com.mx




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Booking and cancellation policies

bullet Reservations will be confirmed once the full payment
   has been received
bullet Due to the cancellation policies of our providers, we must
   retain 30% of your payment if you cancel your reservation.
bullet If you cancel less than 15 days prior to departure 100% of
   your payment becomes nonrefundable. If you or we are able
   to find a traveler to fill your space we'll refund 100% of your
   payment.
bullet If Travelian does not have the minumum number of travelers
   necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and
   you will receive a full refund of your payment

Travel Insurance
    We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance in case
    you need to cancel.

    Here are links for providers we recommend:
    www.allianztravelinsurance.com
    www.travelguard.com


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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 Bathing suit
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 long sleeved t-shirt and long pants (for sun and insect protection)
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 First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids,
   anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of
   diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you
   may be taking)
bullet Bring $4000 to $5000 Mexican Pesos for meals not included
bullet Bring your own snacks in a Ziploc plastic bag



Duration
8 days

Travel style
Birding, Archeology and Nature

Trip type
Small Group

Physical demands

Start/Finish City
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.
Villahermosa, Tabasco.

Bird List

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS
Barred Forest Falcon
Singing Quail
Blue and White Mockingbird
Blue-throated Motmot
Bearded Screech Owl
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl
Highland Guan

LAGUNAS DE MONTEBELLO
Unicolored Jay
Prevost's Ground-Sparrow
Blue and White mockingbird
Painted Redstart
Singing Quail
Spotted Wood-Quail
Blue-crowned Chlorophonia
Gray-collared Becard
Slaty-breasted Tinamou
Spotted Nightinhgale-Thrush
Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush

XBULANJA
Great antsrike
White Hawk
Keel-Billed Toucan
Green Honeycreeper
White-necked Puffbird
Tody Momot
Red capped Manakin
White-necked Jacobin
Common Black Hawk

TZENDALES & LACANTUN RIVER
Scarlet Macaw
King Vulture
Green Kingfisher
Amazon Kingfisher
Pigmy Kingfisher
Barred Antsrike
Violet Sabrewing
Slaty-tailed Trogon
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird

YAXCHILAN RUINS
White-bellied Emerald
Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridgee
Long-tailed Hermit
Chestnut-colored Woodpecker
Dot-winged Antwren
Smoky-brown Woodpecker
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
White-whiskered Puffbird
Green Shrike-Vireo
Ocellated Quail
Blue-crowned Chlorophonia
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove
Rufous-naped Wren
Thicket Tinamou

BONAMPAK RUINS
Cinnamon Becard
Green-backed Sparrow
Citreoline Trogon
Violaceous Trogon
Chestnut-collared Araçari
Keel-billed Toucan
Thicket Tinamou
Green-breasted Hummingbird

PALENQUE RUINS
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Royal Flycatcher
Scrub Euphonia
Yellow-throated Euphonia
Olive-backed Euphonia
Masked Tityra
Scarlet-rumped Tanager
Crimson-collared Tanager
Yellow-tailed Oriole
Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Montezuma Oropendola
Bat Falcon
Lovely Cotinga

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
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