Day 1: Arrival in Cancun - Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
Meet & greet at Cancun International Airport and transfer to Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve (3–3.5 hours). If time permits, we start today exploring the reserve.
Day 2: Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
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 can also be seen among others.
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.
Day 4: Vigia Chico Road – Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is a very large biosphere; we will explore the famous edge of the Reserve Vigia Chico road and 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.
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 and Black-faced Antthrush.
Day 6: Bacalar
Early morning drive to Tres Garantias road, a very different habitat where the target species are Red-Capped Manakin, White-collared Manakin, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Scaled Pigeon, White-necked Puffbird, Black-throated Shrike-Tanager and Gray-headed Tanager.
Day 7: Bacalar – Playa del Carmen
Morning drive to Playa del Carmen, several stops along the way for birding purposes,
Day 8: Cozumel – Playa del Carmen
This morning we will take the ferry to Cozumel Island, 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 and Western Spindolis. Afternoon return to Playa del Carmen
Day 9: Back Home
Breakfast then transfer (1 hour) to Cancun Aairport in time to catch your international flight back home.