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".the visit with Sergio Castro was also fantastic...we really enjoyed hearing his stories, seeing all the costumes and then to learn about the work he does..Wow!! The Casa Morada-San Cristbal..wow that was a beautiful hotel!!! ...We counted 196 species (of birds) at the end of the trip....We were very pleased with our accomodations and the final itinerary....You have done a nice job creating a tour that nicely mixes the natural world of Chiapas with the old world and new world culture and history." - Jeffrey and Chris Maier, Lafayette, California

"Patty especially enjoyed Yaxchiln and Frank especially enjoyed birding on the rivers. Overall a wonderful trip." - Frank and Patty Timmins, Dublin, Ireland

"We had an excellent time during our tour of Chiapas. Fantastic sights, beautiful birds, and an incredibly helpful and friendly staff. Would highly recommend this company to anyone interested in birding, archaeology, or simply exploring this special part of the planet." - Jessica Yaa, Ten Thousand Villages, Austin, Texas

"Sixteen of us from the Wimberley Birding Society of Wimberley, Texas, just completed a tour of Chiapas, Mexico, with Chiapas Birding Adventures (March 6-16, 2015).  Jerry Hall, the WBC Tour Leader, has told people that "some of us are older than dirt."  On this trip, nine of us were in our 70s, four in our 80s and three youngsters in their 60s.  We never witnessed any type of violence and none of us ever felt threatened in any way - on the contrary we were welcomed into their country and their homes with the warmest hospitality.The tours are run by Brock Huffman, a semi-retired attorney from San Antonio, and are very professional, with safety, fun, education, and conservation always at the forefront.  In addition to Brock, the CBA team had Alberto Martinez and Daniel Soto, both Mexican college graduates, Mireya and Laila, two female graduate biology students from ECOSUR, a local graduate university, and also included local Chol Maya guides who will go with you in areas you will visit.We keep hearing "Oh we want to visit Chiapas and experience the birdlife and culture, but we're afraid of violence in Mexico."  To you we would reply: IF WE COULD DO THIS AT OUR AGES, WITHOUT EVER EVEN FEELING A BIT THREATENED, THEN GET WITH IT - IT'S AN ADVENTURE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!!!" - Wimberley Birding Society

"My husband, Peter Schattner, and I went on a trip with Chiapas Birding Adventures in November, 2014. The trip was shorter than we expected (we explored El Ocote, Sunidero Canyon, San Cristobal and surrounding communities over 3 days) because I fell (related to my carelessness NOT related to anything having to do with the itinerary or areas we were birding). The entire team was incredibly helpful, attentive, and kind to organize emergency medical care and facilitate my travel back to the US. Alberto is an excellent and patient bird guide. We hope to finish the birding and Mayan ruins tour in the jungle at some point in the future. I recommend Chiapas Birding Adventures to explore this beautiful and interesting part of Mexico." - Susan Lessin

"It’s a long way from New York City to Chiapas, but I’m so glad I made the trip. From the birds painted on the walls of my hotel room to the real birds in Las Guacamayas, I was delighted by what I saw – and what I heard. I’m still dreaming of the ghostly sounds of howler monkeys, the arias of a reclusive flock of singing quail, and marimbas in San Cristóbal’s central plaza. I am also deeply grateful for Alberto’s birding skills and guidance, and for Daniel’s deep knowledge of local history and culture. As promised when I signed up with Chiapas Birding Adventures, I was very well taken care of, and never felt in any way unsafe. Thank you, Brock, and the entire team." - Sylvia Alexander, Senior Development Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society -- Bronx, New York

"Chiapas Birding Adventures offers an excellent trip! We were fortunate to join a group of five others who had similar interests of birding and Mayan ruins in Chiapas. From arrival to departure, our every need was attended to with the utmost care. We had two marvelous guides with us, the company founder, a driver, and an archaeologist for the Mayan ruins. The guides were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and fun to be with. We couldn't have asked for a better trip. From the Selva to the city, by van and by boat, the trip is a wonderful and unique opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and delights of the beautiful state of Chiapas, Mexico. GO1111" - Kathy Crowe Finholm and David Finholm -- Friday Harbor, Washington

"Thanks again for the excellent adventure in Chiapas - we loved it. We have so many pictures and memories.!" - Barbara and Josek Jogodzinska -- Redwood City, California

"This trip was so much fun with many different birds and a variety of Mayan ruins to explore. We would recommend this trip for those who like adventure." - Lina and Vern Summerfelt -- Raleigh, North Carolina

"Thanks again for a great trip, it was worth every penny...and by the way, I felt very safe traveling in Chiapas." - Ann Wainright -- Cupertino, California

"I spent an absolutely wonderful week in and around San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico. Not only was I overwhelmed with the beauty of the countryside, quaintness of the city and people, but never once did I feel uneasy or insecure." - Jim McLean -- Bandera, TX

"Birders, nature lovers, non-birders, and archaeology fans alike -- this is a tour for you. Can't be beat as a great nine day adventure." - Barbara Erickson -- Laredo, TX

"The lads were wonderful, the scenery splendid, the birds thrilling, the archaeological sites stunning. I especially loved birding from the boat on the Rio Tzendales." - Laurel Patrick -- Hood River, Oregon

"There were unending beauty everywhere -- all of the sites were amazing. We loved the sense of remoteness, the stillness, the ceibas, etc..." - Ian Niven and Barbara Soulsby -- British Columbia, Canada

"This has been the adventure of a lifetime -- an experience that will resonate for a long time. It has begun an appreciation of the beauty and diversity of the avian world for me. Thanks for opening my eyes. The days at Yaxchilán when we watched the white hawk perched in front of us for 45 minutes, eating a snake, was epic." - Karen Ellen Williams Locke -- Santa Monica, California

"We continue to talk about the many wonderful experiences we had while together in Chiapas. I suspect we will be singing your praises for a long time" - John and Michele Gillet -- Tower Lakes, Illinois

"Every corner of Chiapas seems to offer great birding, historical, and/or cultural experiences. The local guides with Chiapas Birding Adventures have extensive knowledge of the area, and their expertise and enthusiasm add a great deal to the daily adventures. I would love to go back and find the few birds we missed during our first trip." - Paul Koehler (Director of the Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary) -- Jackson, SC

"I had the privelege to travel with Brock Huffman and his guides of Chiapas Birding Adventures. The natural beauty, the birds, the indigenous culture, and the local people made this trip a life-enriching experience in a myriad of ways that will be hard to beat." - Betty Peterson (American Birding Association -- Birders Exchange)

"You have a lot to be proud of. The guides that you're developing are fantastic folks, and their skills are coming along very well. I can't wait to join up with them again." - Laurie Foss (birding guide with Travis Audubon)

"It was a great experience to go out with local guides, to see them get some benefit from foreign birders, and to share the joy of seeing such brilliant birds, as macaws, manakins, and toucans." - Madeleine Murray (journalist for publications such as GQ, Vogue, and the Sydney Morning Herald)

"I'm not even a birder, but found seeing the exotic denizens of Chiapas a thrill. And see them I did, thanks to guides who've lived here all their lives and recently received training in guiding and English bird names. Even if you aren't into birds, this place, the habitat for 50% of the birds in Mexico, may convert you." - Melissa Gaskill (travel writer) -- Austin, TX

"I would highly recommend a trip to Chiapas! I found it charming, fascinating and engaging -- a place that will stay in your travel memories." - Linda Niemiec -- Rockford, Illinois

"Birding with Brock, Alberto, Daniel, and some of the other newly-trained guides was a real pleasure. As we walked around the plaza at Yaxchilán, I was struck by the fact that we were birding with guides whose ancestors may have been inhabitants of this archaeological site over a thousand years ago. Just amazing!" - Bob Warneke (Board of Directors, American Birding Association) -- Austin, TX

"Thanks so much for a great introduction to Chiapas! It's an extraordinary place, and I think it will go on my short list of favorite places in the world. Alberto did an outstanding job, and yes, we saw some great birds. I'm impressed with the efforts made in training guides." - Dean LaTray -- Livermore, California

"Our church group was in Tuxtla Gutierrez for 8 days, helping a local orphanage improve its building, and we also went shopping at the open market in San Cristóbal, and we never once felt unsafe. I feel it is a safe region of Mexico, certainly as safe as Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I come from." - Scott MacKenzie (Pastor of Youth and Children's Ministries) -- Halifax, Nova Scotia


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