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Suggested Itinerary

Birding and cultural tour of Chiapas, Mexico

Villahermosa, Palenque, Tres Lagunas, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Las Guacamayas, Lagos de Montebello, Amatenango, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, San Juan Chamula, Zinacantán.

 

  • Day 1: Pick up at the Villahermosa International Airport. We will first explore the Olmec park/museum of La Venta. The Olmecs settled in La Venta, the center of the Olmec culture for nearly 600 years, from 1000 to 400 BC. The site was moved from La Venta 73 miles East to Villahermosa in the 1950's to protect its many treasures. The park is outdoors in a tropical setting and is quite "birdy". Three of the original giant heads, weighing about 20 tons each, are in the park. Afterward, we will drive to Palenque, about 2 hours away.

NIGHT 1: AxKan - Art Hotel Boutique.

 

  • Day 2: In the morning, we'll visit the archaeological site of Palenque to observe birds with our guides. In the afternoon, we'll observe birds on the Motiepa trail.

NIGHT 2: AxKan - Art Hotel Boutique.

 

  • Day 3: In the morning, we'll explore the archaeological site of Palenque with an archaeological expert as well as with our birds guides. In the afternoon, we'll visit the fantastic new museum with our archaeologist, and after dinner, he will give a presentation.

NIGHT 3: AxKan - Art Hotel Boutique.

Palenque

  • Day 4: We'll drive first to the outdoor cafeteria restaurant "Yaxlum" for breakfast on the way to the Bonampak archaeological site, a site famous for its murals, after which we will continue on to Frontera Corozal.

NIGHT 4: Nueva Alianza.

  • Day 5: In the morning we'll travel by motorboat into the archaeological zone Yaxchilán arriving well before the tourists. In the afternoon we'll travel to Las Guacamayas Reserve, the last area in Mexico where the Scarlet Macaw can be observed in the wild. In the evening, we'll walk through the small community on Reforma Agraria, spotting the great diversity of birds living in the community itself. At night we could try to find the Black and White Owl and the Mottled Owl around the hotel.

NIGHT 5: Las Guacamayas.

Yaxchilan

  • Day 6: Early this morning we'll bird from a slow-moving motorboat on the Lacantún River and then into the Montes Azules Reserve on the River Tzendales. In the afternoon, we'll travel to the Lagos de Montebello, an area higher in elevation, having different species of birds. This area is covered by pine and oak forests and many different colored lakes.

NIGHT 6: Hotel Tziscao.

Tzendales

  • Day 7: In the morning, we'll bird the area around the Lagos de Montebello. In the afternoon we'll travel to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the magic city of the highlands. On the way we'll stop in Amatenango to observe a family working in their shop making pottery figures. The family has received a national award for their work. In the evening, we'll visit the Sergio Castro Museum and afterwards have dinner at a typical Maya restaurant.

NIGHT 7: Casa Morada.

Montebello

  • Day 8: In the morning, we will meet our cultural expert and visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán. After lunch, we'll visit the Medicina Maya Museum and textile Museum.

NIGHT 8: Casa Morada.

Chamula

  • Day 9: In the morning, we'll bird the Moxviquil Reserve (or other area we've observed a lot of activity). In the afternoon, you can shop or visit any of the other museums or sites you wish. We will accompany you.

NIGHT 9: Casa Morada.

 

  • Day 10: We will take you early to the Airport in Tuxtla Gutierrez as your adventure ends... 'til next time.


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