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Oaxaca, Mexico

Birding and Culture

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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.

Tour Highlights

 Seeing the charming endemic and migratory birds of several major ecosystems across Oaxaca.

 Birding by small boat in the coastal mangrove forest.

 Watching local artisans demonstrate their processes for creating textiles and intricate carvings.

 Sampling the delicious cuisine of Oaxaca, including mole, chocolate, and mezcal.

 Visiting ancient Zapotec ruins and experiencing this still-thriving culture.

 Strolling the beaches of Puerto Escondido and the vibrant market of Tlacolula.

Map for Oaxaca Tour 2-01MEXICOOAXACANTeotitlanOaxaca CitySan Jose del PacificoPuerto Escondido

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3

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.

Days 4 and 5

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.

Days 6-8

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

Days 9 and 10

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

Day 11

Farewells and departures. Adios, amigos!

COST: $3,195


START DATE: November 11, 2021

DURATION: 11 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 12

TRIP FOCUS: Birding and Culture


  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground and water transportation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions and park fees
  • Guiding services

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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.

If you love nature travel, you’re in good hands with us

How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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