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Plan de Ayutla, Chiapas
SELVA LACANDONA
Birds of the Maya Empire
Chiapas Jungle
8 Nights / 9 Days
March 23-30, 2025
$46,000 MXN

"My only fear is that I might awaken in my bed,

destined to live a common life once again"

- Marco Polo

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DID YOU KNOW?  Selva Lacandona is the most biodiverse rainforest in Mexico, and is home to 341 bird species, including the Keel-Billed Toucan, Scarlet Macaw and the Harpy Eagle.  A researcher once documented 70 orchid species in a single tree, which indicates just how diverse and wonderful this region is to visit.  

Trip Overview

 

THIS IS A BIRDING EXTRAVAGANZA IN SELVA LACANDONA

Welcome to Part Three 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 Selva Lacandona archaeological and nature sites of Chiapas state.  We will also visit a small Pueblo Magico in Campeche for a river tour and birding, before adventuring to the heart of the jungle for amazing archaeological sites and optional rafting on the Lacanja River.  This trip is for beginners and experienced birders.

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

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Palizada, Campeche was designated a Pueblo Magico in 2011.  It is believed the Maya had established settlements here by the 3rd Century BCE.  Today, the activities include fishing, birding and outdoor adventures.

Trip Itinerary

 

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2 NIGHTS IN PALIZADA, 3 NIGHTS AT TOPCHE ECO-LODGE, 3 NIGHTS AT FINCA VALLESCONDIDO

Saturday March 22, 2025: Bienvenidos

Hotel:  Palizada, Campeche Mexico

Arrive at Palenque Airport and transfer to Palizada.  Enjoy a late afternoon boat ride along the river for bird watching.

Sunday March 23, 2025: Birdwatching along the Rio Palizada

Hotel: Palizada, Campeche Mexico

We will enjoy a second boat ride this morning to view birds in the early AM.  Enjoy the afternoon to rest and explore this colourful town.

Monday March 24, 2025: Lord Pakal & The Red Queen

Hotel:  Topche Ecolodge, Selva Lacandona Chiapas Mexico

Depart Palizada by 6 AM.  Explore the famous ruins of Palenque and have lunch before transferring to our lodge.

Tuesday March 25, 2025: Lost City of Lacanja

Hotel: Topche Ecolodge, Selva Lacandona Chiapas Mexico

Today we will enjoy early morning birding around the lodge before heading out on tour.  Guests may raft or embark on a hike, with both visiting the Lost City of Lacanja.

Wednesday March 26, 2025: Place of Green Stones

Hotel: Topche Ecolodge, Selva Lacandona Chiapas Mexico

This morning we will board a boat in Frontera Corozal for a short ride to the hidden ancient city of Yaxchilan.

Thursday March 27, 2025: Murals of Glory

Hotel:  Finca Vallescondido, Selva Lacandona Chiapas Mexico

This morning we check out of our lodge and stop at Bonampak to do some birding and exploring.  This site boasts what are likely the best preserved and famous known murals of the Maya.  Transfer to Finca Vallescondido to rest and have dinner.

Friday March 28, 2025: A City of Overgrown Temples

Hotel:  Finca Vallescondido, Selva Lacandona Chiapas Mexico

This morning we will do some birding in the early morning.  Guests have the option of staying behind to rest, or depart for an adventure to a wild archaeological site that has seen very little excavation.

Saturday March 29, 2025: Place of Black Stones

Hotel:  Finca Vallescondido, Selva Lacandona Chiapas Mexico

Today we embark on a wonderful adventure to the shores of Guatemala, where lies the important and rarely visited archaeological site Piedras Negras.

Sunday March 30, 2025: Home Sweet Home

Hotel:  N/A

This morning we depart for the Palenque Airport.  If you would like to join us for Part Two 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!

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

Resplendent Quetzal

CHIAPAS

Cloud

Forest

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We will be waking up early to start birding by 6:30 AM most mornings.  Our excursions to nearby archaeology sites offer fascinating landscapes for bird watching, as the open plaza spaces and terraced platforms are great viewing points.

Price & Inclusions

 

JOIN US FOR A MESMERIZING CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

This tour is priced at $46,000 MXN per person.  Please scroll down to find out what is included!

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

What is Included

 

TRANSPORTATION  

Private ground transportation is included.  Boat rides on the Rio Palizada and to Yaxchilan and Piedras Negras are included.  River rafting at Topche Ecolodge is optional, as it is a Class 3 level river, meant for those with a bit of experience.  (This means the waterfall is about a 2 meter drop, requiring intermediate skill).  

 

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 

Your meals are included, but drinks + drink tips are separate, including non-alcoholic beverages.  

BOAT RIDES

We will enjoy 2 boat rides in Palizada.  We will also enjoy 2 boat rides on the Rio Usumacinta River to visit Yaxchilan and Piedras Negras.

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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The tour to Piedras Negras is not only special because it is located in Guatemala`s Peten Jungle, but also because this important Classic city goes for months without any visitors.  Though excavated extensively, Piedras Negras is now being reclaimed by the jungle.  

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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Bonampak`s impressive murals are likely the most well preserved and famous of the Maya Empire.  The stelae pictured here is also colossal, and offers important insight into the rulers of the city, which is believed to have been a satellite of Yaxchilan.

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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