Oaxaca—pronounced wah-HA-kah—is a special part of Mexico that is home to many fascinating birds and cultural treasures. The people of Oaxaca have a rich artistic tradition, particularly in weaving and carving. The colors of their crafts are matched by the beauty of the region's endemic, resident, and migratory birds. We'll take you on a journey across Oaxaca's rugged landscapes to see many bird species—in the high valley surrounding Oaxaca City, in the encircling mountains, and along the tropical southern coast.
Oaxaca has more biodiversity than any other Mexican state. Its wildlife and flora are a mix of elements from the north (Nearctic) and south (Neotropical). Epiphytic bromeliads grow on pine trees in the mountains and Russet-crowned Motmots and Citreoline Trogons can be seen in the same forest as Orange-crowned Warblers and other species familiar in North America. The region's unique blend of diversity and Mexican culture will fascinate and delight you on this tour. You'll see a wonderful assortment of Oaxacan birds, wildlife, plants, and landscapes that you'll never forget.
Arrive in Oaxaca City and transfer to the quiet town of Teotitlan. For these first three days, we’ll bird locally around Teotitlan as well as in the highlands north of town. We'll also visit fascinating ruins and colorful local markets. 3 nights in Teotitlan.
Birding in the highlands north of Oaxaca City and a visit to the region’s most famous ruins: Monte Alban. Explore the city to enjoy Oaxacan food, drink, and culture in the evenings. Oaxaca City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2 nights in Oaxaca City.
Leaving Oaxaca's Central Valley, we'll drive into the southern mountains to look for birds in the relatively cool highland forests. 2 nights in the Sierra Madre del Sur
We'll spend two full days on Oaxaca's coast, basing ourselves in the lively surfing town of Puerto Escondido. The highlight will be an exciting boat ride through a mangrove lagoon bursting with birdlife. We'll look for elusive species such as the Boat-billed Heron and Mangrove Vireo. 3 nights in Puerto Escondido
Farewells and departures. Adios, amigos!
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $700
START DATE: November 11, 2021
DURATION: 11 days
GROUP SIZE: Up to 12
TRIP FOCUS: Birding and Culture
Ivan Phillipsen, Co-owner of Wild Latitudes, is a passionate naturalist with a background in scientific research. He holds an M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in zoology. Natural history is Ivan’s true passion and what he is most excited to teach to others. Although he is fascinated by just about every aspect of nature, Ivan is particularly fond of birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants, and geology. Everything is interconnected in nature and Ivan takes a holistic approach when teaching about the natural world.
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