Overview

Our Volcan Colima & Balsas drainage Extension starts in Manzanillo where we search out Citreoline Trogon, San Blas Jay, Happy & Sinaloa Wren, Blue Mockingbird and Red-breasted Chat before heading to the volcanic slopes of Volcan de Colima for West Mexican Chachalaca, Banded Quail, Balsas Screech Owl, Colima Pygmy Owl, Long-tailed Wood Partridge, Chestnut-sided Shrike Vireo, Dwarf Vireo and Lesser Roadrunner.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Citreoline Trogon, Black-chested Sparrow, San Blas, Transvolcanic & White-throated Magpie Jay, Happy, Grey-barred, White-bellied & Sinaloa Wren, Blue Mockingbird, Green-striped Brushfinch, Red-breasted Chat, West Mexican Chachalaca, Banded Quail, Balsas Screech Owl, Colima Pygmy Owl, Long-tailed Wood Partridge, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Dwarf Vireo, Orange-breasted Bunting, Russet-crowned Motmot, Mexican Violetear, Rivoli’s, Amethyst-throated, Broad-billed & White-eared Hummingbird, Aztec Thrush and Lesser Roadrunner.
Habitats Covered
semi-deciduous forest, mixed pine and oak forests, volcanic slopes, coastline, scrub, rivercourses, canyons, thorn scrub
Expected Climate
hot with varying levels of humidity
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some tougher species
Other Attractions
Volcan de Colima, Mexican architecture, incredible Mexican food
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2023 DEPARTURES
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