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Resplendent Quetzal
INTO THE CLOUD FOREST
Birds of the Maya Empire
Chiapas Highlands
8 Nights / 9 Days
March 31-April 8, 2025
$46,000 MXN

"Every bird has a story to tell,

and I'm here to listen"

- Anonymous

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DID YOU KNOW?  On the border of Guatemala`s highlands and Chiapas State is a cloud forest that is home to the elusive and majestic Resplendent Quetzal.  Valued so highly among the Maya, it was punishable by death to kill one of these precious beauties.  Their long, iridescent green tail feathers were harvested for the headdresses of royalty and traded all the way north to Chaco Canyon.    

Trip Overview

 

THIS IS A BIRDING EXTRAVAGANZA IN CHIAPAS STATE

Welcome to Part Four 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 begin in Canyon del Sumidero before heading to El Chiflon and the Cloud Forest of UNESCO protected Montebello Lake National Park.  We conclude our adventure in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

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Canyon del Sumidero is where our journey begins.  Here we have the chance to see crocodiles, herons, spider monkeys, snowy egrets, ospreys, kingfishers and more!   The powerful landscape is breathtaking.

Trip Itinerary

 

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2 NIGHTS AT EL CHIFLON, 3 NIGHTS IN MONTEBELLO LAKES NATIONAL PARK & 3 NIGHTS IN SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

Monday March 31, 2025: Bienvenidos

Hotel: El Chiflon, Chiapas Mexico

Arrive at Tuxtla airport by 10:15 AM & transfer to Canyon del Sumidero for a boat ride.  Have lunch and depart for our lodge at El Chiflon.  If you would like to join us for Part One of our Birds of the Maya Empire series, please click here to read the itinerary.  These tours are scheduled in order, so guests can join them both!

 

Tuesday April 1, 2025: Pristine Waters of Chiapas

Hotel: El Chiflon, Chiapas Mexico

Early birding at 6:30 AM.  We will depart for Cenote Chukumaltik for more birding and optional swimming.  Return to El Chiflon for lunch and an afternoon of hiking and swimming.

Wednesday April 2, 2025: The Fortress

Hotel: Montebello Lakes, Chiapas Mexico

Early birding at 6:30 AM.  Have breakfast and depart for the lonely archaeological site of Tenam Puente for continued birding and exploring.  We will then have lunch and visit a fun market in Guatemala for the afternoon!  Passports are not necessary, nor is Guatemalan currency.

Thursday April 3, 2025: Jewel of the Cloud Forest

Hotel:  Montebello Lakes, Campeche Mexico

This morning we will depart by 6:30 AM for our best chance to see the elusive Resplendent Quetzals.  Around 11:30, we will head to Lake Pojoj for lunch and a fun afternoon rafting on the lake, with optional swimming.  This evening, Ornithologist Adrian Ceja Madrigal will present an interesting lecture about invasive bird species in Mexico.

Friday April 4, 2025: Birds, birds & more birds!

Hotel: Montebello Lakes, Campeche Mexico

This morning we depart at 6:30 AM in search of the elusive quetzals and other birds.  Around 11:30 we will break for lunch, then visit the impressive ancient city & necropolis Chinkultic

Saturday April 5, 2025: A Gallery full of Jaguars

Hotel: San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico

This morning we will resume our early morning birding at 6:30 AM, breaking at 11:30 for lunch and departure for Amatenango del Valle for a fun and comical pottery workshop.  Transfer to our hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas for dinner.

Sunday April 6, 2025: Mysticism of the Maya

Hotel:  San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico

This morning we depart after breakfast for a local orchid garden to see these emblematic flowers and possibly some birds from this region.  Transfer to San Juan Chamula to learn about Maya mysticism and their intriguing church, before having lunch with an indigenous family in Zinacantan, where we can shop for textiles directly and sample a local spirit called Pox.

Monday April 7, 2025: Cobblestones & Textiles

Hotel:  San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico

This morning we may break into two groups, depending on what guests want to do.  There is a jade and amber museum here, as well as the incredible textile museum

Tuesday April 8, 2025: Home Sweet Home

Hotel:  N/A

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

We hope you enjoy this birding adventure in Mayab!

OUR OTHER
BIRD TOURS

Our Selva Lacandona tour can be combined with our Cloud Forest tour, as this excursion ends when that tour begins.  Our Flamingos of Mayab and La Ruta de los Chenes tours can also be booked together, if you would like to travel for two weeks.

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YUCATAN

Flamingos

of Mayab

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CAMPECHE

La Ruta

de los Chenes

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CHIAPAS

Selva

Lacandona

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The waters of El Chiflon are frigid, but clean, refreshing and beautiful!

Price & Inclusions

 

JOIN US FOR A MESMERIZING CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

This tour is priced at $46,000 MXN.  Please scroll down to see what is included!

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

What is Included

 

TRANSPORTATION  

Private ground transportation is 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 

Breakfast is included with coffee or tea.  Extra beverages such as latte`s or green juices are separate, as are all other meals and snacks. 

BOAT RIDE

We will enjoy a lovely boat ride in Canyon del Sumidero, and our rafting trip on Lake Pojoj is included. 

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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We will be travelling with a passionate ornithologist who is currently working on his PhD on invasive bird species of Mexico.  Adrian`s knowledge about birds is incredible, and he will surely have you pondering new questions about how to help their fragile and disappearing habitats.

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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We spend most of our lives scanning the greater landscape for wonderful scenery, gazing at waterfalls or ancient temples at archaeological sites and yet shrouded within the beautiful trees is an unreal part of every landscape we´ve ever been, yet rarely notice - and they are sometimes rare and gorgeous birds.

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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We will visit two interesting archaeological sites that are far from the tourist radar.  Despite not being fammous, the cities of Tenam Puente and Chinkultic offer gorgeous views, a plethora of birds, interesting temples and local flora and fauna.

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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