Birding in the Land of the Maya

Come explore the Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan while joining experts to spot many of the region’s over 500 species of birds!
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Program No. 3713RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Combine exceptional birding with the exploration of several of the most fascinating cities in the Mayan world: Uxmal; Calakmul and Palenque. With your binoculars, explore the environmentally diverse Yucatan and its 500-plus bird species. Immerse yourself in the history, tradition and ancient mysteries that define this fabled land.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to three miles daily in hot and humid conditions. This program requires standing for long periods of time.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Bird Maya ruins in Cozumel, Uxmal, and Palenque.
  • Enjoy birding in the Usumacinta Marshes.
  • Explore the 1.9 million-acre Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.

General Notes

Maximum group size for this program is 12. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Alex Dzib
The change from hunting birds to conserving them in the Yucatan region of Mexico shaped Alex Dzib’s career. His father had been a hunter, but started leading birdwatching excursions when the lands near their home became the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve. This ignited Alex’s own passion for birds, and he studied biology in the U.S.A. He has worked for Mexico’s fish and wildlife agency, and he created a conservation program for children that won him a scholarship from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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