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A brief (but beautiful) guide of bird watching in Mexico

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Mexico is one of the most megadiverse countries in the world. According to UN data, the nation ranks fifth on the planet in terms of biodiversity and eighth in terms of bird concentration; in fact, it is estimated that more than a thousand different varieties fly in the skies of this territory, which makes this country a perfect place to practice bird watching.

The greatest concentration of these animals is found along the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, where there are 116 different types of birds. In that sense, to see them you have to look for the exact spot on the map to get a better sighting.

That said, here is a brief (but beautiful) proposal of places where you can do this activity:

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A Little Guide to Birding

Bird watching in… Celestun, Yucatan

In the first place, there is Celestun Biosphere Reserve, a paradise full of different species of birds with more than 1,120 birds. Like ducks migrating from Canada, pelicans, pink flamingos, among others.

Of course, its not the only attraction on Celestun; while you enjoy the site’s fauna, you can also swim, walk through natural tunnels formed by branches, taste typical food, or simply enjoy the beautiful beach.

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Bird watching in… Nahá, Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas

Nahá is the heart of Lacandon Jungle, located in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve close to the frontier with Guatemala. During your trip, you will have tours guided in the day and at night where you will be able to see species like Blue cotinga, Ceratopipra mentalis, Microcerculus philomela, Tucán pico iris, owls, among a variety of others.

In addition, you can also participate in activities such as clay workshop, bow and arrow workshop, Lacandon gastronomy, a tour in the Nahá and Amarillo lakes, among many others.

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Bird watching in… Into a Lost World, El Triunfo, Chiapas

In the depths of the Sierra Madre of Chiapas, it’s found El Triunfo, a cloud forest unique in the world and the most biodiverse ecosystem in Mexico, also one of the last places where the quetzal lives.

First, along with a guide, we will explore the forest where clouds of fog envelop the vegetation; during the tour, you must be highly alert to your surroundings to see the amazing birds that inhabit this enchanted forest, hopefully, be able to photograph them.

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Birdwatching in …  Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

Located in the south of the Yucatan Peninsula, its found the largest tropical forest in Mexico and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering more than 1.7 million hectares with a diverse range of Neotropical and Nearctic bird species as well as situated among Mayan ruins.

Certainly, an extraordinary place inhabited by birds such as herons, Currucas even some Papamoscas Real. Also, while touring this site, you can enjoy a pre-Hispanic environment and learn about Mayan culture.

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Bird watching in…Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Likewise, Sian Kaan is included in UNESCO’s list of Natural Heritage; this reserve count with tropical forest, wetlands, savannahs, and marine ecosystems. It hosts more than 345 species of birds, including more than one million nesting migratory birds from the United States and Canada.

Of course, on this site you not only enjoy the diversity of birds also you can swim, practice kayak, visit the archaeological site and do many other activities.

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Bird watching in… San Felipe, Yucatan

San Felipe is a small fishing community, also known as the island of birds, because it stands out for having one of the most diversified bird populations like hummingbirds and species that leave you amazed.

Furthermore is the access to Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, where you can go on excursions through the region or just relax.

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Bird watching in… Isla Arena, Campeche

Isla Arena is a site where you get in touch with vibrant nature; located between the biospheres of Celestun and Los Petenes, you will enjoy impressive colonies of pink flamingos that have made famous this island; also, you can see cormorants, frigates, pelicans, seagulls and more, a paradise on Earth.

In addition to bird watching, you will also experience sleeping in cabins in front of the sea, visit a crocodile farm where you learn about their conservation, mangrove exploration and if you are a fan of the famous artist Pedro Infante you will be able to visit his museum, located on the island.

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Definitely, there are many wonderful places in the world for bird watching, and Mexico is among the best; if you are planning to come, we will design a tour that suits your tastes and needs to give you an unforgettable and personalized experience.


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