If you are a birder, Mexico is a great place! We can create different kinds of tours and incorporate Science, Art and Culture in each of them, in order to make your experience unforgettable. ¡We are proud members of Mexico birding-tours!
What kind of birding tours do we offer?
Customized: if you want to increase your life list or you just want to see as many species as possible, we can plan a route according to your interests.
Predesigned tours: we have developed routes in order to maximize your experience and make those days unforgettable.
We work with local guides, so they really know the sites, the birds and the culture within their home regions; meet them here!
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Central Mexico is our home, this is the land of volcanoes and multiple natural wonders, such as the Monarch Butterfly migration. It is also the cradle of ancestral civilizations that have left impressive vestiges, some of which is kept alive by their modern day descendants. Between its mountains and valleys, you can find marshes, lakes, scrublands, bunch grasslands, temperate forests, tropical dry forests and cloud forests.
This is a region of high biological richness, so you can find some beautiful species such as: Berylline Hummingbird, Russet-crowned Motmot and the rare Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo. Also, you can find a lot of Mexican endemic birds, such as the spectacular Red Warbler, Green-striped Brushfinch and Black-chested Sparrow; some species are so restricted in their range of distribution that this is the only region where you can find them, such as the Transvolcanic Jay, Black-polled Yellowthroat, Strickland's Woodpecker and the elusive Sierra Madre Sparrow.
The beautiful Oaxaca city is the first place to visit this incredible state, one of the most biodiverse in the country, which is also reflected in its culture, still very much alive in its different manifestations. In the different regions around the state, you can visit coastal areas, rivers, lakes, scrublands, temperate forest, tropical dry forest, humid evergreen forest, and cloud forest.
Some of the beautiful birds you can find are: Military Macaw, Garnet-throated Hummingbird and White-throated Magpie-Jay. This state possesses the higher number of Mexican endemics, such as the Ocellated Thrasher, Bridled Sparrow, Oaxaca Sparrow, Slaty Vireo and Citreoline Trogon; some of them with a small range of distribution such as the Blue-capped Hummingbird, the Sumichrast's Wren, the elusive Dwarf Jay, Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow and the spectacular Rose-bellied Bunting.
Chiapas: Tacana Volcano and surroundings
Tapachula is the starting point of the journey in this interesting region, where the culture refuses to die and the boundaries with adjacent Guatemala only exist on the map. Here you can find coastal areas, mangroves, rivers, tropical dry forests, humid evergreen forests, and cloud forests.
This is a region of great biodiversity, where you can find some of the most wanted birds in the world, such as the Resplendent Quetzal, the Horned Guan and the rare Agami Heron. You can find some of the Middle American bird species, such as the Yellow-naped Parrot, the Rufous Sabrewing and the rare Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge. This is home to the Mexican endemic Giant Wren and other regional endemics, such as the Azure-rumped Tanager, the Pink-headed Warbler, the Wine-throated Hummingbird, and the Black-capped Siskin.
Chiapas: Tacana Volcano and surroundings
Cancun or Mérida can be the starting point of the journey through these paradisiacal lands of great biodiversity, where incredible pyramids are hidden among the jungle, and the Mayan cultural legacy is still alive among its people. In this place there are coastal areas, mangroves, cenotes, petenes, swamps, tropical dry forests and humid evergreen forests.
In this region of high biological richness, you can find the spectacular American Flamingo, the Keel-billed Toucan and the legendary Turquoise-browed Motmot. There are a lot of regional endemic birds, such as the charismatic Yucatan Jay, the Yellow-lored Parrot, the Orange Oriole, the Yucatan Woodpecker, and the rare Ocellated Turkey. Also, you can find the endemic Mexican Sheartail, and this is the only place possible for Yucatan Wren.
Veracruz: Los Tuxtlas
Catemaco and its beautiful lake welcome visitors, well known for its reputation as the "witch place," it is the starting point to discover this region, which is full of natural beauty and where traces of the original cultures still remain . In this place, you can find coastal areas, mangroves, lakes, grasslands, tropical dry forests, humid evergreen forests, and cloud forests.
This region possesses a high biological diversity and many birds which can be found all year round, such as the iconic Montezuma Oropendola, the Red-lored Parrot, the White Hawk and the recently reintroduced Scarlet Macaw. Every year, a great number of migratory birds come here, and the most spectacular raptor migration takes place in October, when you can see hundreds of individuals flying overhead. Also, you can find the Mexican endemic Long-tailed Sabrewing, and this is the only place in the world where the elusive Tuxtla Quail-Dove lives.
Veracruz: Los Tuxtlas
Tamaulipas: El Cielo
Ciudad Victoria or Tampico is just the point of arrival: from here, you will travel to the beautiful town of Gómez Farias located right in this paradise of spectacular landscapes called: "El Cielo" (Heaven). In this place you will find scrublands, rivers, temperate forests, humid evergreen forests, and cloud forests.
In this spectacular region, tropical birds such as Military Macaw, Sungrebe, and the stunning Ornate Hawk-Eagle coexist with northern birds such as Red-crowned Parrot and Tamaulipas Crow. Some Mexican endemics are possible, such as Blue-capped Motmot, Bumblebee Hummingbird and Tawny-collared Nightjar. Although restricted to the northeast of Mexico, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Altamira Yellowthroat and Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl, among others, are also possible.
Tamaulipas: El Cielo
Mi esposa y yo tuvimos el placer de pasar un día de observación de aves cerca del DF con Rafael y Rubén. Son biólogos apasionados y muy conocedores de las aves y la naturaleza en el área. Mi esposa, bióloga también, estuvo muy feliz que nuestras guías supieron tanto sobre las plantas. Entre nosotros tenemos más de 40 años de experiencia con las aves, y hemos viajado a lugares en México y América Central. Estábamos más impresionados con las habilidades de Rafa y Rubén. Esperamos ver aves con ellos otra vez.
I was staying in a hotel opposite the Auditorio Nacional i.e. in the centre of Mexico City but Ruben and Rafa managed to take me out for two excellent days of birding in beautiful locations including the Desierto de los Leones and La Cima. I was really impressed by their energy and enthusiasm for these trips, starting soon after 6.00am (when it was dark) and carrying on for as long as I wished. Their identification of birds by sight and sound was outstanding, and we found all the species I was keen to see.
As an excellent bird guide, Mr. Rafa Calderon was recommended very highly to me, and he has proven himself to be exceptionally talented in every way that an avid birder seeks in a guide. What I couldn't predict before meeting him, was just how wonderful he is as a person. It is a true pleasure, and frankly an honor to bird with such a kind man. After a very successful itinerary near Mexico City and surrounds, I was motivated to find another place to go with him. So, along with my nonbirder wife, we arranged a trip to Oaxaca and nearby sites, wonderfully combining culture, birds, and food. We were both very happy, and so much so that we are currently in the process of organizing another mixed culture/birding trip to West Mexico for next year. I can't wait. I have been blessed with some amazing days in the field and am a veteran of nearly 5,000 lifebirds. Along the way, I have been able to meet many fine bird guides. Rafa rates towards the top! Do yourself an amazing favor and consider a trip to his wonderful homeland, and let him be the ambassador to his country, his culture, and the birds. God willing I will plan trips to East Mexico, and Chiapas as well. If you have any specific questions, ask Rafa for my personal contact information. I would be happy to try and help if I can.
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