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FLAMINGOS OF MAYAB
Birds of the Maya Empire
Yucatan State, Mexico
8 Nights / 9 Days
February 15-23, 2025
$50,000 MXN

"A flock of flirting flamingos is pure, passionate, pink pandemonium—a frenetic flamingle-mangle-a discordant discotheque of delirious dancing, flamboyant feathers, and flamingo lingo"

- Charley Harper

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The beauty of birding at archaeological sites is having the ability to choose your focus for the day.  We will focus on birding upon arrival, and exploring the archaeological site after, due to the time birds are most active.  This photo shows the Governors Palace of Uxmal.

Trip Overview

 

THIS IS A BIRDING EXTRAVAGANZA IN YUCATAN STATE

Welcome to Part One of our Birds of the Maya Empire series, which is an eclectic adventure across Mayab that explores nature, culture, art and archaeology, with a focus on nature and the incredible endemic and  migratory birds of Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana-Roo states.  This trip will dive into the Puuc archaeological sites of central Yucatan state, with some rest-time swimming at some of Mexico´s most beautiful cenotes.  We will also take two boat rides in Celestun, including an evening ride to view the flamingos at sunset, concluding our adventure in the beautiful, historic colonial city of Merida.

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

The flamingos of Yucatan migrate between Rio Lagartos and Celestun, with the majority of them residing in Celestun in February.  We will also see roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, tiger herons, neotropical cormorants and many small birds (that are difficult to photograph!)
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Trip Itinerary

 

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2 NIGHTS IN TICUL, 2 NIGHTS IN HACIENDA, 2 NIGHTS IN CELESTUN & 2 NIGHTS IN MERIDA

Saturday February 15, 2025: Journey to the Puuc Hills

Hotel:  Ticul, Yucatan Mexico

Arrive in Merida by 11 AM.  Transfer to Ticul to explore town and check into our hotel.

Sunday February 16, 2025: Nojoch Keep to Kàb Aj

Hotel: Ticul, Yucatan Mexico

Bird watch and explore the ancient Puuc-Maya cities of Sayil and Kabah.  Swim at Cenote Kankirixche for the afternoon.

Monday February 17, 2025: Thrice Built

Hotel:  Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, Yucatan Mexico

Bird watch early and explore the ancient Xiu Dynasty Maya city of Uxmal.  Swim in Cenote Hacienda Mucuychte and check into our new lodgings on time for dinner.

Tuesday February 18, 2025: The Importance of Sisal

Hotel: Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, Yucatan Mexico

Bird watch in the AM and visit a working sisal plantation, then spend the rest of the day relaxing and swimming at a local cenote.

Wednesday February 19, 2025: A Flamboyance on the Shore

Hotel:  Celestun, Yucatan Mexico

Bird watch in the AM, swim in the cenote and depart for Celestun at 1 PM, arriving on time to check in, relax and have dinner.  We will enjoy an evening boat tour to see the flamingos at sunset.

Thursday February 20, 2025: A Mangrove of Birds

Hotel:  Celestun, Yucatan Mexico

Bird watch along trails this morning to see small birds, and enjoy a boat tour through the mangroves to see the larger seabirds.

Friday February 21, 2025: Place of Inscribed Flat Stones

Hotel:  Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Bird watch along trails in Celestun, and depart early for Dzibilchaltun for further birding.  Check into our hotel in Merida around 1:00 PM and have lunch and free time.

Saturday February 15, 2025: Under a Merida Sky

Hotel:  Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Enjoy a walking tour of the city, with the afternoon for free time in the city.  This evening we conclude our tour with a special Chef`s Table eating experience.

Sunday February 22, 2025: Home Sweet Home

Hotel:  N/A

This morning we will arrange for your taxis to the airport.

We hope you enjoy this birding adventure in Yucatan!

OUR OTHER
BIRD TOURS

Our La Ruta de los Chenes can be combined with our Flamingos of Mayab tour, as this tour ends where that tour begins.  Our two Chiapas tours are also organized in order so guests can choose one, or both.

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CAMPECHE

La Ruta

de los Chenes

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CHIAPAS

Selva

Lacandona

Resplendent Quetzal

CHIAPAS

Cloud

Forest

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Stately, ornamented and powerful is the ancient city of Uxmal, which thrived under the Xiu Dynasty.  This is one of the most picturesque and beautiful archaeological sites that have been unearthed in Mexico, with Puuc columns and Chen veneers offering artistic and zoomorthpic elements to the temples.

Price & Inclusions

 

JOIN US FOR A MESMERIZING CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

This tour is priced at $50,000 MXN per person based on a group of 8 guests.  Please email us if you are interested in joining this tour and we will start taking payments once we have a group confirmed.  It is true that our birding tours cost more than some other tours, however, this tour is educational, includes 3 experts who will cover the art, archaeology, history and bird identification, and our group is very small for covering shared costs.  Our accommodations are mid-range and comfortable and eating experiences will range from simple to elegant.

Single Supplement cost is $11,500 for solo travelers who prefer a private room.  If you would like to share a room, we will try to find you a roommate, however, if we are unable to secure a roommate for you, we must charge the single supplement because the hotels charge us based on 2 guests per room.

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

What is Included

 

TRANSPORTATION  

We provide private transportation for our travels, and the boat rides in Celestun are included.  

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Your hotels are included, but are priced based on shared accommodations for 2.  If you are travelling alone, we can try to find you a roommate, but if we are unable to do so, you are responsible for the single supplement cost, as this is what the hotel charges us.

 

MEALS 

All meals are included.  Drinks and drink tips are separate.  (We separate all drinks because some green juices and lattes are more expensive than alcoholic drinks).

EN TRANCE FEES

All of your entrance fees and activities are included unless otherwise noted as optional.   

DISCRETIONARY TIPS
If you feel your team leaders have done a good job, tips are customary and appreciated in Mexico.  This also applies to room service at your hotel.  Please ask us if you have any questions.

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There are many birds in Yucatan, including large shorebirds, small birds and hummingbirds.  Delight in observing them, and bring your telephoto lens if you enjoy photography.
 

Guest Responsibilities

 

BE A TEAM PLAYER

When you embark on a group tour, it is important to acknowledge that your tour leaders are there to assist the group.  If you have specific needs that are in conflict with group travel, please contact us about booking a private tour.

BE ON TIME

Please arrive ten minutes early instead of 5 minutes late.  It is crucial for groups to respect departure times so we can keep our schedule as fluid as possible.  Traffic is a huge obstacle during Dia de Muertos, so walking to our departure points is advised (taxis are busy and often unavailable during the day).

CHANGE SEATS DAILY

Nobody wants to sit in the middle or be relegated to the back seat for the duration of an entire tour.  Out of consideration for fellow travelers, please trade seats daily.  If you´re in the front one day, opt for the back on the second day.  If you have the window seat one day, opt for the middle for the next commute.  

ALWAYS BE PREPARED 

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, please alert us so we can go over the meal times with you and ensure that you are prepared with appropriate supplements in the event that a meal is delayed.  If you get irritable due to low blood sugar, please bring along some protein bars or known remedies for your condition.  If you have allergies, please let us know when you reserve your tour so we have plenty of notice for any meals that are being prepared for you. 

IN THE EVENT THAT YOU SKIP A DAY TOUR

Sometimes a guest feels under the weather, or just wants to spend a day doing nothing.  If you decide to skip a tour, you are responsible for your own meals, as we may not be returning to the hotel until closer to supper time.  The hotel desk can call you a taxi, or may be able to recommend a restaurant nearby.  Talk to your team leaders before they leave if you´d like them to bring you something back at the end of the group tour.  If you are staying behind because you are seriously ill, we will call a doctor and one of the team leaders will stay behind to run to the pharmacy for you and make sure you have what you need.  In severe cases, you may require hospitalization or even want to cancel your remaining tour for emergency private transport home.  If you are having a medical event, we will do everything we can to assist you.

Please make sure you purchase medical insurance, and send us your emergency contact information.

 

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT? 

Everyone suffers a complaint at some point during a group trip, but how one handles that complaint can affect everyone else.  If you have anger-management issues and are prone to yelling or disruptive outbursts, you will be removed from the group without warning.  We will arrange your transportation home, at your own expense.  It is our responsibility to make sure guests feel safe and that the group dynamic is peaceful and light-hearted. 

 

If you have a serious complaint with one of your team leaders or fellow travelers, please take them aside privately to discuss it.  Berating anyone in front of other guests creates a negative environment for everyone and will not be tolerated.

CONCLUSION

Please remember that flexibility is part of being a seasoned traveler and mature adult.  None of us can predict what bumps may lie ahead, but most annoyances and obstacles are temporary and can either be prevented, or tempered with a little humor and diplomacy.

We are dedicated to ensuring your experience with us is positive

 

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Once called the White City, or Paris of the West, Merida was originally named T`ho by the Maya, in reference to Five Hills, which were actually temples.  This colonial city was difficult to conquer, with the original structures tragically demolished for construction of a new city for Spain.  Despite the significant loss of history, Merida is a jewel of Mexico, with colonial buildings, old haciendas and old-world architecture.
 

Cancellation Policy

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING

We have recently made some very drastic changes to our reservation and cancellation policy because as a small business that is privately owned, we cannot afford the financial fall-out when guests cancel their tours.  We would like to explain our new policy and shed some light on why this was necessary.

WE NOW REQUIRE TOURS TO BE PAID IN FULL 

We used to ask for a 25% deposit, and then moved to a 50% deposit - but this still didn´t ensure commitment and left us enduring huge financial hardship when guests dropped out.  We are now forced to require full payment for your tour in order to confirm your reservation.

COST SHARING

When we price our tours, costs are divided into two categories.  Your hotel room (if applicable), entrance fees, and meal inclusions are a per-person cost, but the van rental, gas, tolls, driver, guides and all of their expenses are shared between all of the guests.  Once we confirm a price for 10 guests, the price reflects that cost sharing.  If one guest must cancel, we cannot raise the price for the other 9 guests who have already confirmed based on an agreed-to amount, and who have already purchased plane tickets etc.  Going forward, commitment means we cannot offer refunds for cancelled tours.

 

IF YOU CANCEL YOUR TOUR

We will reimburse you for any entrance fees and activities we do not have to pay for, minus the banking fees we are charged.  We cannot always secure a refund from the hotels, so this will be assessed on an individual basis.  We will not reimburse you for the shared costs, as we must cover them regardless of your presence.

 

YOU MAY TRANSFER YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE ELSE

If you have to cancel your tour, you may transfer it to a family member or friend.  We will also try to find someone to take your place.  If we can find someone to take your place, we will refund you for your tour minus the cost of the banking fees, as we do not get those back.

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Dzibilchaltun is often overlooked by archaeology lovers and tour agencies, yet has a spectacular Temple of the Seven Dolls, which was the town clock.  With windows positioned to observe the stars, moon and sun, this fantastic structure fills with light during the Spring and Autumn equinox.    

Reserve Tour

 

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

Please email us if you are interested in this tour.  We will send payment links once we have enough guests to confirm the tour.

Wise Discount

 

SAVE 2.5% WITH WISE

If you would like to open a WISE account, please click on the link below, as WISE uses a referral system and pays us a small reward after 3 new transactions (for new accounts) are made.  Between this gift and the fact that WISE does not charge us the hefty fees we pay to STRIPE for credit card processing, we are able to discount our tours by 2.5% when you pay with WISE!

DON`T HAVE A WISE ACCOUNT? 

 

Please click on the link and open an account through their referral system:  https://wise.com/invite/dic/jenniferb907

 

DISCOUNTED PRICES:
Once we have our price confirmed, we will list the discounted prices.

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