Ecobiosfera El Triunfo: Chiapas Adventure Tour: Bird-Watching Trek

Chiapas Adventure Tour: Bird-Watching Trek

Chiapas, Mexico

Ecobiosfera El Triunfo

Social Enterprise

7 days, 6 nights
From$1,619 USDPer person

Ecobiosfera El Triunfo promotes the conservation of natural and cultural heritage through sustainable, innovative initiatives that involve the local population.

Tour Highlights

  • Spot an incredible variety of bird species throughout the region of Chiapas, while supporting the conservation of the region's natural and cultural heritage.
  • See endemic and exciting species, from Garnet-throated Hummingbirds to Quetzal birds and beyond.
  • Travel to the Chiapas Coast, San Cristobal de las Casas, two biosphere reserves, and Monte Azules National Park.

Tour revenue fund the creation of sustainable alternatives for local communities.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    November to February

  • Start Time

    Flexible, morning

  • Duration

    7 days, 6 nights

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals, Children 10+

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Tour Participants

    6 to 12

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Backpack, Binoculars, Change of clothes, Hat, Headlamp/ flashlight, Hiking boots, Mosquito repellent, Rain gear, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, Camping equipment is available to rent from org

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Take in the incredible cultural and natural diversity of Chiapas on this journey through some of the most diverse areas of Mexico. This tour is truly a bird-watcher's dream, as each day of the 6-day trip begins with another incredible and unique opportunity to spot species from Garnet-throated Hummingbirds to Quetzal birds to Nighthawks and beyond.

Day 1
Depart from Tuxtla Gutierrez at 4:30 am. Head towards the Chiapas coast, to bird-watch and admire the wetlands of the region. Spot Giant Wrens, Orange-chinned Parakeets, White-bellied Chachalaca, and a variety of aquatic and terrestial species, too. After lunch, we visit a deciduous forest near the town of Arriaga, where we can spot Green-fronted Hummingbirds and Orange-breasted Buntings.
Overnight: Tuxtla Gutierrez, Best Western Hotel.

Day 2
Visit the Biosphere Reserve El Ocote, home to the endemic species Nava's Wren, as well as other rainforest species, like the Slate-colored Solitaire, Keel-billed Toucan and Long-tailed Sabrewing, and several species of hummingbirds. After lunch, visit the regional zoo in Tuxtla Gutierrez. The zoo offers a unique opportunity to observe birds and other species native to the Chiapas region in close proximity to the state capital, as it is located in a nature reserve, a well-preserved plot of the original vegetation.
Overnight: Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Day 3
Take in the impressive views of Sumidero Canyon, from where we can see the Slender Sheartail, Belted Flycatcher, and the Red-breasted Chat; an extraordinary combination of species from the Atlántico and the dry forests of western Mexico. After lunch, we head towards San Cristobal de las Casas in search of species typical of the mountainous Chiapas region, such as the Blue-and-White Mockingbird, Rufous-collared Robin, Guatemalan (Northern) Flicker and Garnet-throated Hummingbird.
Overnight: San Cristobal de las Casas.

Day 4
Begin the day looking for the rare Pink-headed Warbler just outside of San Cristobal de las Casas. Delve into the beauty of Languas de Montebello National Park, located on the border between Chiapas and Guatemala. This national park in home to more than 55 lagoons of vibrant shades, from jade green to turquoise, surrounded by pine and oak forests. At this site, we will look for the Black-throated Jay, Azure-hooded Jay, as well as a variety of warblers, nuthatches and hummingbirds.
Overnight: Centro Turístico de Bosque Azul.

Day 5
The day begins touring the lush trails surrounding the centro turístico, looking for waterfowl and other residents of the blue forest. We will look for the Black-throated Jay, Azure-hooded Jay and if we are lucky, the resplendent Quetzal bird that inspired the ancient Aztecs. After the morning walk, journey to the centro ecoturístico Las Guacamayas in the Biosphere Reserve Montes Azules. Along the way, spot species like the Scarlet Macaw, Mealy Parrot, Plumbeous Kite and, with a little luck, the Short-tailed Nighthawk in the evening.
Overnight: Centro Ecoturístico Las Guacamayas.

Day 6
Begin the day listening to the shrill call of the many species that inhabit the rainforests of Chiapas. Observe several families of bird typically found in the region, from parrots and nuthatches, to toucans and tanagers. Some of the species we may see include the Gray-headed Kite, Royal Flycatcher, Red-lored Parrot and Tawny-winged Woodcreeper. After the morning walk, travel to the community of Frontera Corozal, located on the banks of the Usumacinta River, and the gateway to the archaeological site Yaxchilan. In the afternoon, we will be looking for species like the Slateheaded Tody-Flycatcher, Thick-billed seedfinch, Pale-vented Pigeon and the Ruddy Crake.
Overnight: Centro Ecoturístico Escudo Jaguar.

How To Get There

Tuxtla Gutierrez is easily accessible from Mexico City and other major cities by bus, car, or plane.

More About Ecobiosfera El Triunfo

Mission

To promote the conservation of natural and cultural heritage through sustainable, innovative initiatives that involve the local population.

Main Programs

  • Responsible, sustainable tourism

  • Sustainability initiatives

Awards & Recognition

El Programa de Calidad Moderniza
Certified
Outward Bound
Certified
National Outdoor Leadership School
Certified
Fundación Gonzalo Rio Arronte
Grant Recipient