Overview

Chiapas is the southernmost state of Mexico, located on the border of Guatemala. Our 13 day tour of Chiapas takes in the very best of the areas birding sites such as San Cristobal de las Casas, Comitan, the Sumidero Canyon, Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Tapachula and Volcan Tacana. A myriad of beautiful and sought after species includes the amazing Giant Wren, localized Nava’s Wren, dainty Pink-headed Warbler, Rufous-collared Thrush, Garnet-throated and Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Rufous-browed Wren, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Bearded Screech Owl, Slender Sheartail, Belted Flycatcher, Red-breasted Chat, Bar-winged Oriole, Lesser Ground Cuckoo, Lesser Roadrunner, Cabanis’s Wren, Mayan Antthrush, Orange-breasted and Rose-bellied Bunting, West Mexican Chachalaca, Citreoline Trogon, Yellow-eyed Junco, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl and Long-tailed Sabrewing. Without doubt, the tour highlight is liable to be the incredible Horned Guan. While searching for this incomparable species, we can expect to come across a host of other highlights such as Emerald-chinned, Wine-throated and Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Cabanis's (Azure-rumped) Tanager and at night the haunting Fulvous Owl!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Horned Guan, Giant Wren, localized Nava’s Wren, dainty Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Rufous-collared Thrush, Garnet-throated & Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Rufous-browed Wren, Bearded Screech Owl, Slender Sheartail, Belted Flycatcher, Red-breasted Chat, Bar-winged Oriole, Lesser Ground Cuckoo, Lesser Roadrunner, Cabanis’s Wren, Mayan Antthrush, Orange-breasted & Rose-bellied Bunting, West Mexican Chachalaca, Citreoline Trogon, Yellow-eyed Junco, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Long-tailed Sabrewing, Emerald-chinned, Wine-throated & Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Cabanis's (Azure-rumped) Tanager and Fulvous Owl.
Top Mammals
Geoffroy's Spider Monkey, White-tailed Deer, Northern Tamandua, Ocelot, Jaguarundi, Spotted Paca and American Crocodile
Habitats Covered
moist broadleaf forest, humid cloud forests pine-oak forest, grassland, dry scrub, dry highland forest, coast
Expected Climate
the coastal lowlands can be quite hot, while mornings and evenings in and around higher elevations can be chilly to cold. Overall, the climate is very pleasant.
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed with early mornings and late evenings, one long hike up and down Volcan Tacana (sherpas carry our gear for us)
Accommodation
comfortable with 1 night camping
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some trickier species
Other Attractions
colonial architecture, Sumidero Canyon, Sierra Madre mountains, Volcan Tacana, excellent food, friendly people, interesting culture
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
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Our tour leaders produced a very successful tour. They worked together well and their skills complemented each other. Chris's education and experience provided us with a plethora of knowledge and fun facts. His personnel skills were put to the test with quite a diverse group of birders with an assortment of desires. He succeeded well. One could not ask for a better local guide than Eric. He knows every nook and cranny of his turf. He knows the birds well and multiple sites to look for each species. He has very good eyes and ears. But for me, his strongest characteristic is his genuine desire to find every target for the group. His persistence is unmatched. It paid off several times. I enjoyed the trip.

Mexico was a blast! I saw 81 lifers on the extension and another 86 on the main trip. Our local guide, Eric, was great. He is young, enthusiastic, has good ears and eyes and knows his birds and their behaviours very well. I quickly dubbed him 'Mr Never-give-up' as he would keep at it until we saw each bird. I also thoroughly enjoyed Chris Sharpe's company and his knowledge about many things.

A good trip... The trip focused on endemics and extraordinary time and effort went into this. The local guide, Eric, knew his patch and earned the name Mr P (for persistence) - but he did get the difficult birds! I achieved my personal birding goals... and I again thank Rockjumper for that.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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