Yucatan Adventure

King Vulture
Photo by Maria Zayviy

Birding the Ruins of the Yucatán
with Nature Forward

Nov. 28 – Dec. 8, 2023
Leader: Mark Garland
Cost is $3895 for Nature Forward members

Bring your binoculars and embark on a birding adventure to the environmentally diverse Yucatán Peninsula.

Tropical ecosystems are overflowing with biodiversity. I’ve been visiting different destinations in tropical America for more than 35 years, experiencing their rich and diverse communities of birds and other wildlife.

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is one of the closest, most accessible locations for experiencing tropical biodiversity.

Mark Garland
Trip Leader Mark Garland

It’s a place where migrant birds mingle with resident tropical species, and where luxuriant tropical vegetation surrounds ancient Mayan constructions.

I’ve only been here once before, and I’m eager to join local expert Alex Dzib on this new Nature Forward offering, searching for birds and other wildlife while learning about tropical biology and Mayan history and culture.

With my best wishes,

Mark S. Garland

Witness native birds soar above the stunning ruins of Hochob,
Becán, Chacchoben, Uxmal, and other archaeological sites on
this journey through the Maya world.

Heads will turn at every point of this expedition as you look for a rainbow array of birds including hummingbirds, parrots, tanagers, flamingos, raptors, and many more.

Review the full itinerary here!

From trail hikes to boat rides, birders will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities while exploring the history of the Maya and the birds that inhabit the ruins of this ancient civilization.

  • Enjoy exceptional birding while visiting the walled city of Becán, once a Maya political, economic, and religious center.
  • Watch for target species like the Hook-billed and Gray-headed Kites, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, and the magnificent King Vulture.
  • Embark on a boat ride on Bacalar Lagoon, nicknamed the “Lake of Seven Colors.”
  • Search for avifauna in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, home to approximately 350 bird species.
  • Go birding by boat through the Celestun marshes and mangroves, home to herons, cormorants, frigatebirds, and flocks of flamingos.

Email [email protected] for more information.

Yucatan Jay
Yucatan Jay
Montezuma Oropendola
Montezuma Oropendola
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari