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LA RUTA DE LOS CHENES
Birds of the Maya Empire
Campeche State, Mexico
8 Nights / 9 Days
February 22-March 2, 2025
$48,000 MXN

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die,

life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."

- Langston Hughes.

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This birding extravaganza traverses the jungles of Campeche State before delivering us to the tropical paradise of Bacalar Lagoon and surrounding area.  We will enjoy a private boat ride to this region near the conclusion of our tour, so guests may bird-watch and swim in these beautiful, clear and shallow waters.

Trip Overview

 

THIS IS A BIRDING EXTRAVAGANZA IN YUCATAN PENINSULA

Welcome to Part Two 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 Chenes archaeological sites of Campeche state, with some rest-time swimming and birding at Lake Bacalar in southern Quintana Roo.  We will take a wonderful boat ride on Lake Bacalar to an area with few tourists, for some early morning bird watching and swimming.

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

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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.

Trip Itinerary

 

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1 NIGHT IN MERIDA, 3 NIGHTS IN CAMPECHE, 1 NIGHT IN XPUJIL & 3 NIGHTS IN BACALAR

Saturday February 22, 2025: Bienvenidos

Hotel:  Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Arrive in Merida by 4 PM.  We will enjoy a special Chef`s Table eating experience tonight.

Sunday February 23, 2025: Sacred Waters and Woven Hats

Hotel: San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche Mexico

Depart Merida by 9:30 AM for the San Ignacio Cenote to bird watch and swim.  Transfer to Becal to learn about the hat weavers & shop directly.  We will be in Campeche on time to rest and have dinner.

Monday February 24, 2025: Off the Beaten Path

Hotel:  San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche Mexico

Depart by 6:30 AM for an adventurous journey to Santa Rosa Xtampak, where we have a steep and rugged trail to climb for a stunning archaeological experience along with birding in the jungle

Tuesday February 25, 2025: The Walled City of Pirates

Hotel: San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche Mexico

Today we will enjoy the museum at Campeche`s famous fort, which houses an incredible collection of ancient Maya ceramics.  We will enjoy a walking tour and afternoon for free time.

Wednesday February 26, 2025: The Long Road to Xpujil

Hotel: Xpujil, Campeche Mexico

This morning we check out early and head to the gates of Edzna to bird watch and explore.  We will pack a bag lunch today, as we will be on a remote road for Balamku archaeological zone before arriving at our hotel on time for dinner.

Thursday February 27, 2025: The Crown of Maya Masonry

Hotel:  Bacalar, Quintana Roo Mexico

This morning we depart by 8 AM for a remote site called Hormiguerro.  The veneer facades seen at this site are some of the best preserved in this region.  Depart for lunch in Chetumal, and a short visit to an interesting museum before retreating to the shores of Lake Bacalar.

Friday February 28, 2025: Sac-Ha Paradisimo

Hotel:  Bacalar, Quintana Roo Mexico

This morning we depart for bird watching at a nearby archaeological site for the morning.  When we return, we can cool off in the turquoise waters of Sac-Ha, where we will also have lunch and further birding opportunities.

Saturday March 1, 2025: A Secret Spot

Hotel:  Bacalar, Quintana Roo Mexico

This morning we will take you to a secret location for birding.  We will return for lunch and free time to swim or rest.

Sunday March 2, 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 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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YUCATAN

Flamingos

of Mayab

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CHIAPAS

Selva

Lacandona

Resplendent Quetzal

CHIAPAS

Cloud

Forest

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Jipijapa Hats of Ecuador became emblematic of the Panama Canal, but these same hats have been woven in the state of Campeche for over 200 years, after a priest brought Jipijapa to this region.  These hats can be folded for travel, due to the durability and softness of the fibres.  They are a quintessential part of every travelers wardrobe!

Price & Inclusions

 

JOIN US FOR A MESMERIZING BIRDING EXPERIENCE

This tour is priced at $48,000 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 $9,500 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  

Private ground transportation is provided between Merida and Bacalar.  We will then use taxis in Bacalar, as there is no real need for a private van there.  Your taxi to Chetumal airport is not included, but we will pair you with other travelers to cost-share the fare (about $800-$1000 pesos).  

 

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 RIDE

We will enjoy a lovely boat ride in Bacalar, and this 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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Being by the coast and travelling through the jungle means a wide diversity of birds.  We look forward to hosting you!

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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The Calakmul Biosphere is home to over 70 species of Orchids, so we will keep our eyes peeled for these lovely flowers.  These beauties were growing in a tree in the plaza of Bacalar, and it´s shocking that nobody steals them!

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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