Eastern and Yucatan Endemics Birding Tour
9 Days / 8 Nights

This is a Birding expedition designed to discover the endemics of Yucatan and other specialties, visiting nature reserves, archaeological sites and the island of Cozumel.

These locations beside the natural and cultural richness inhabit unique and endemics bird species of the area such as Cozumel emerald, Cozumel Vireo, Cozumel wren, Yucatan flycatcher, Black-throated Bobwhite, Yucatan vireo Yellow-backed Oriole, Yucatan Jay, Green jay, Ruddy Woodcreeper, Mexican Sheartail, American Flamingos among others.


  • Highlights: Ria Lagartos – Felipe Carrillo Puerto – Bacalar – Playa del Carmen – Cozumel
  • Activities: Bird watching – Archaeology – Nature and Wildlife
  • Difficulty: Moderate-High
  • Holiday Type: Tailor-made
  • You will visit: Mexico
  • Trip Style: Independent birders – Couples – Small Groups
  • Comfort level: Standard – Luxury
  • Transportation: Minibus – Boat – SUV – Flight
  • Physical demand: Trip may include activities like walks, hikes and boat rides
  • Group size: Minimum 2
  • Pick up / Drop off locations: Cancun International Airport

Trip Map


  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Ria Lagartos
  • Day 3: Ria Lagartos – Felipe Carrillo Puerto
  • Day 4: Vigia Chico Road – Felipe Carrillo Puerto
  • Day 5: Vigia Chico Road – Bacalar Lagoon
  • Day 6: Bacalar
  • Day 7: Bacalar – Playa del Carmen
  • Day 8: Cozumel – Playa del Carmen
  • Day 9: Back Home


Eastern and Yucatan Endemics Birding Tour Itinerary

Day 1


Meet & greet at Cancun international airport and transfer to Ría Lagartos (3 – 3.5 hours)
If time permits, we start today exploring the reserve
Welcome dinner
Lodging in Ria Lagartos

Day 2

Ria Lagartos

Early morning, we will take a boat ride to explore the estuary looking for endemics like Yucatan Wren, Mexican Sheartail, Yucatan Bobwhite, Yucatan Flycatcher and of course many Flamingoes and shorebirds, salt flats are great spots for these birds. Zenaida Dove, resident Eastern Meadowlark and Yellow (Mangrove) Warbler among others,
Lodging in Ria Lagartos

Day 3

Ria Lagartos – Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Early birding to find some missing birds and to get ready to drive to Felipe Carrillo Puerto town, on the way will do several stops
Lodging at Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Day 4

Vigia Chico Road – Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Sian Ka´an Reserve is a very big biosphere; we will explore the famous edge of the Reserve Vigia Chico road; we start this day looking for Yucatan Jay, Orange Oriole, Rose-throated Tanager, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan Parrot.

Many chances to spot other species like Ruddy and Tawny Woodcreeper, Royal Flycatcher, Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, White-bellied Emerald.
Tonight we will go out to find Yucatan Nightjar and Yucatan Poorwill
Lodging at Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Day 5

Vigia Chico Road – Bacalar Lagoon

Today after a morning exploring Vigia Chico Road, we go ahead to Bacalar Lagoon area. Our target birds are going to be Gray-collared Becard, White-bellied Wren, Olive Sparrow, Blue-ground Dove, Black-faced Antthrush.
Lodging at Bacalar

Day 6


Early morning drive to Tres Garantias road, very different habitat, target species here are Red-Capped Manakin, White-collared Manakin, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Scaled Pigeon, White-necked Puffbird, Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, Gray-headed Tanager.
Lodging in Bacalar

Day 7

Bacalar – Playa del Carmen

Morning drive to Playa del Carmen, several stops along the way for birding purposes,
Lodging at Playa del Carmen

Day 8

Cozumel – Playa del Carmen

This morning we will take the ferry to Cozumel Island,
We will end our trip on the Isle of Cozumel, known for its abundance in endemic species. Here we will spot for specialties like Cozumel emerald hummingbird, Cozumel vireo; Cozumel Wren and of course many residents like Black Catbird, White-crowned Pigeon, Caribbean Elaenia, Western Spindolis

Afternoon return to Playa del Carmen
Lodging at Playa del Carmen

Day 9

Back Home

Breakfast and transfer to Cancun airport in time to catch your international flight back home (1 hour)
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