Birdwatching trip ideas


The best settings in Mexico for a birdwatching trip.


Birdwatching is a popular hobby in Mexico for both natives and visitors. México it’s an incredible option for a birdwatching trip due to  its geographical circumstances and characteristics; they have various temperatures, ecosystems, and habitats home to a distinct and diverse fauna and flora. Mexico is one of only seven nations globally with mega biodiversity with more species than the United States and Canada.


Because of our tremendous diversity, birdwatching in Mexico draws the attention of many travelers. Most Mexico’s 116 protected areas offer some of the most incredible birding opportunities. With the recent expansion of tourism in Mexico, birdwatchers may now visit many more sites than they could previously. Several professional firms in Mexico offer high-quality birding tours with committed and skilled local birders who organize trips all year. If you are a birdwatching enthusiast, Rutopía will help you plan the ideal vacation in Mexico to visit the best places where you can do this activity. Request your trip now




Celestún, Yucatán


The humid environment and coastal position of Yucatan, Mexico, make it a proper breeding ground for a diverse range of bird species, ideal for a birdwatching trip. The Celestun Biosphere Reserve is undoubtedly one of the best sites to see some of them. There are now over 1,120 kinds of birds in the region alone, so birdwatching is an activity that you will enjoy in this region.

The bulk of Yucatán’s magnificent forests were destroyed in the mid-nineteenth century to make room for sisal plantations, which provided fiber in gunny sacks.  This developed fortunes, vast estates, and a feudal Hispanic society. Then, with increased international competition and several significant Mayan revolts, it was all over. Plantations remained abandoned and overgrown as a result. Birds and other creatures have returned.

Birdwatching in Celestún


Nahá, Lacandona Rainforest, Chiapas 


The Lacandon Jungle is a tropical jungle that extends from Chiapas, Mexico, to Guatemala. The core of this rainforest may be found within Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve in Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, in the state’s Montanas del Oriente district. While most of the rainforest outside the preserve has been explicitly or implicitly destroyed, and damage is still occurring within the reserve, Lacandon remains North America’s biggest highland rainforest and one of the few remaining large enough to host jaguars. It has 33%, including all Mexican bird species, 25%  Mexican mammal species, 56% overall Mexican diurnal butterflies, and 16% Mexican fish species. If you’re not confident about traveling alone, try going with expert guides who could also show out all hummingbirds, warblers, and woodcreepers your heart’s desire.


El Triunfo, Chiapas


Another amazing idea for a bird watching trip is the beautiful Nature Reserve of El Triunfo, situated on the highest peaks of the Sierra Madre highlands in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, is the perfect site to view this mind-boggling species. The El Triunfo cloud forest is typically shrouded in mist and is one of Mexico’s most beautiful and diversified natural places. The reserve has approximately 460 square miles, including much of the tropical forest and the most extensive section of the cloud forest.

El Triunfo is home to some of the most unique and engaging birds of the American tropics, with a biodiversity of over 400 species. The highlight is the magnificent Horned Guan, an odd member of a cracid group that only exists in the Mexican state of Chiapas and neighboring Guatemala. With its eye-catching red horn, piercing white eyes, and striking white and blue feathers, this bird is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world.

Birdwatching in El Triunfo


Calakmul Biosphere, Yucatán


The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, located in the southern Yucatan Peninsula, is Mexico’s most extensive intact tropical forest. It’s designated as a natural nature reserve as well. Calakmul Biosphere Reserve also is defined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covers and over 1.7 million acres and therefore is Mexico’s second-largest protected area. The reserve is home to a diverse range of Neotropical and Nearctic bird species, either permanently or seasonally. 

The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve remains unique among Biosphere Reserves because of the Mayan ruins that it contains. In fact, during your journey to Mexico, you may do some fantastic birding in and around the ruins. Herons, warblers, and even the occasional Royal Flycatcher it’s seen among the thick canopies. But keep an eye out for wildcats!

Birdwatching in Calakmul

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo


Siankaán was designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and named a UNESCO natural heritage site in 1987. It is one of Mexico’s largest protected areas, spanning more than 1.5 million square miles along the northern coastline of Quintana Roo. The reserve is divided into semi-evergreen tropical forests, wetlands and savannas, and maritime ecosystems.


The Yucatan peninsula is home to an estimated 527 species in 62 families, with 12 endemics, four subspecies, two morphs, and 14 speculative registrations. In addition, Siankaán is home to over 345 species, including over 1 million nesting migratory birds from the United States and Canada and the uncommon Jabiru stork. The issue in the area is to encourage rational and sustainable use of natural resources that are compatible with reserve protection while also benefiting residents; incorporate sustainability policy into regional growth planning. If you are a birdwatching enthusiast, Rutopía will help you plan the ideal vacation in Mexico to visit the best places where you can do this activity. Request your trip now

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