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Yucatán Birds and Wildlife with Ontario Nature

Feb 28 - Mar 09, 2025

10 days | Mexico | Quest Nature Tours

The Yucatán is, in many ways, a world unto itself: an enormous peninsula embodying many of the ecological characteristics of islands, namely the presence of endemic species — and yet what really sets this region apart is how intertwined its wildlife is with the ancient Mayan sites like Cobá, Muyil, and the staggeringly impressive Chichén Itzá. There’s something just so uniquely stirring about wandering among 10th-century ruins that have been long since reclaimed by primary moist forest and its rich assortment of wildlife. Here, motmots, toucans, parrots, and woodcreepers forage, often near spider monkeys, iguanas, and dazzling butterflies. Many of the endemics — a woodpecker, a vireo, a wren, and a jay, to name a few — bear the name of their home peninsula. Two are isolated to Cozumel, the Caribbean island just offshore from Akumal, where there’s a chance of swimming with sea turtles during a snorkelling session. At Río Lagartos on the north coast, marvel at the lively congregations of thousands of American Flamingoes as we wander along boardwalks and drift slow along the river by boat. We have also arranged for a dip in a cenote (or limestone sinkhole) tucked deep in the jungle and believed by the Maya to be gateways to the underworld.

This is a leisurely journey through various ecosystems and on largely flat terrain, with visits to both the Gulf and Caribbean Coasts. Join us this winter to discover the storied Yucatán.
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Tour Cost (per person):
US$5995 including taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
11 - 12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on arrival and departure days; accommodation based on double occupancy; all meals; ground transportation by air-conditioned coach driven by a professional driver; water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; gratuities for main guide, local guides, drivers, hotel staff, and group meals; all taxes; local English-speaking naturalist guide; fully escorted by Ontario Nature’s Executive Director, Caroline Schultz.

"Caroline was knowledgeable, had a sense of humour, and always helpful." - Frances B.
"She [Caroline] was very organized and fun to be with on tour. She was very friendly and made an effort to involve everyone in what was going on." - Patricia S.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive to Mérida
2To Chichén Itzá via Misnébalam
3Chichén Itzá
4To Río Lagartos
5-6Río Lagartos
7To Akumal via Punta Laguna and Cobá
8Muyil / Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
9Cozumel / Cenote dos ojos
10Depart
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Your Tour Leader

Caroline Schultz is the Executive Director at Ontario Nature. Caroline has directed Ontario Nature’s programs and operations since 2005. Caroline previously served as conservation director for the Canadian Nature Federation for 10 years, leading the organization’s national advocacy, science and stewardship programs.

Quest Nature Tours Birding
Tour Cost (per person):
US$5995 including taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
11 - 12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on arrival and departure days; accommodation based on double occupancy; all meals; ground transportation by air-conditioned coach driven by a professional driver; water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; gratuities for main guide, local guides, drivers, hotel staff, and group meals; all taxes; local English-speaking naturalist guide; fully escorted by Ontario Nature’s Executive Director, Caroline Schultz.

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