Early morning, pre-breakfast birding. Walking about 4 miles, approximately 2 hours; mostly flat terrain, sometimes rocky and ueven.
At the hotel plus coffee, tea and water.
After breakfast, we’ll go on a field trip to Uxmal, in the Puuc region of Yucatan. This was one of the largest Mayan cities in the Classic Period from 600 to 1000 C.E. During this period, it was the capital of a vast territory on the peninsula. Uxmal's architecture was executed in the Puuc style, with elaborate and finely hewn stone mosaics that can be seen gracing many of the buildings. Notable buildings include the famous Pyramid of the Wizard, the Quandrangle of Nuns, and the House of the Turtles. Since water is scarce in the area, the Mayas designed a series of limestone-lined reservoirs and cisterns to catch water during the dry season. Images of the rain god Chac feature prominently at Uxmal. We will look for species such as the Gray-throated Chat, Olive Sparrow, Collared Forest Falcon, Golden Olive Woodpecker, Yucatan Jay, Orange Oriole, Yucatan Woodpecker, Altamira and Hooded Orioles, Mangrove Vireo, White-bellied Wren, Carolina (white-eyedbrowed) Wren, Olive Sparrow and Rose-throated Tanager.
At a restaurant.
Next, we’ll transfer to the Mayan archaeological site of Kabah for birding. Kabah is primarily Late Classic (600-900 CE) in age, although it extends back into the Preclassic (1800 BCE-250 CE) period. One of its most impressive buildings is the Codz Poop, with its stacks of Mosaic Chaac masks, indicative of the rain god’s importance in the region. In addition, carved door jambs on the rear of this building illustrate warfare and the capture of captives. Standing images of rulers with outstretched hands, positioned as if to hold an object, give the site its name: kab (hand). A palace-like building is located near the Codz Poop. Across the road, lies another very large, unreconstructed pyramid, still covered by a mantle of trees and shrubs and similar in size to some of the largest pyramids at nearby Uxmal. Near this pyramid is an archway that marks the terminus of a sacbe (”white road”) that runs from Uxmal to Kabah. Some of the species we may see here are Gray-collared Becard, Melodius Blackbird, Yellow-olive Flycatcher, Masked Tityra, Black-crowend Tityra, Yellow-backed Oriole. At the end of the activity, we will board the bus and transfer back to the hotel. Enjoy time at leisure. Later, we regroup with our Group Leader for birding on the hotel grounds and on nearby San Simon road. Walking along the roadside, we will look species such as for the Yucatan Flycatcher, Lesser Roadrunner, Crane Hawk, and both Turquoise-browed and Blue-crowned Motmots. We’ll return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
At the hotel, we’ll order from a select menu with choice of entrée and a non-alcoholic beverage.
We will return to San Simon road in search of owls and other nocturnal species such as the Vermiculated Screech Owl, Northern Potoo, Yucatan Nightjar (endemic) and Yucatan Poorwill (endemic). Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.