Overview

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a large limestone shield, protruding into the Gulf of Mexico and the clear, blue Caribbean Sea. Being surrounded by water on three sides, and having very little topographical relief, the Yucatan has very distinct habitats; and, as a consequence, some very distinct birds. In fact, much of the Peninsula’s wildlife cannot be seen anywhere else. On this extension, which can be taken in conjunction with our fantastic Caribbean tours, we will visit the best birding sites on the peninsula, thereby maximising our potential to see the special birds and wildlife of this beautiful region within spectacular surrounds. Furthermore, this tour is conducted at a very relaxed pace and promises to be a very enjoyable birding and cultural adventure!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Yucatan Amazon, Yucatan Bobwhite, Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Nightjar, Yucatan, Velasquez’s & Pale-billed Woodpeckers, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Flycatcher, Yucatan, Mangrove & Cozumel Vireos, Yucatan Wren, Orange Oriole, Cozumel Emerald, Grey-throated Chat, Mayan Antthrush, Ocellated Turkey, Rose-throated Tanager, Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, White-bellied Emerald, Lesser Roadrunner, White-crowned Pigeon, Caribbean Dove, Black Catbird, Caribbean Elaenia, Mexican Sheartail, Grey-crowned Yellowthroat, Rose-throated Tanager, Rufous-necked Wood Rail, Thicket Tinamou, Northern Potoo, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Black-headed & Gartered Trogon, Yellow-billed Cacique, Spotted Rail and a number of North American wood warblers. Likely future splits include White-browed Wren (Carolina), Aztec Parakeet (Olive-throated), Ridgeway’s Rough-winged Swallow (Northern), Yucatan Swift (Vaux's), Cozumel Wren (House), Cozumel Spindalis (Western).
Top Mammals
Yucatan Black Howler Monkey, Yucatan Squirrel, Pygmy (Cozumel) Raccoon (very rare) & Morelet's Crocodile.
Habitats Covered
semi-deciduous and humid forest, shoreline, waterways, wetlands, archaeological ruins, mangroves, dry woodlands, savanna
Expected Climate
warm to hot and humid
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
very relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some tougher species
Number of Species Expected
180
Other Attractions
ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, great people, interesting culture, excellent food
Photographic Opportunities
very good
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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.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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