Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Best Places To Go Birding In The Riviera Maya

If you compare Mexico from USA, Canada and Hawaii, Mexico has more species of birds compared to them. In Mexico, one of the best birding sites is the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexico actually has 548 various bird species which includes 11 endemic varieties and more birds come to the region during winter time. The Yucatan provides excellent Birding all year round because of its subtropical position. Listed below are the famous birding sites in the Riviera Maya:

- Sian Kaan Reserve

- Cozumel Island

- Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve

- Botanical Garden Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin

- Coba Ruins

- Punta Laguna

Each of these birding destinations can be visited on one day tours from the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya is a great birder destination mainly because it makes it possible for the visitor to delight in its tourist facilities and relaxing hotels while going out on day trips to specialized birding sites. if you are a budget traveler then it will be a good idea to stay in rural areas although with less comfort but will be good as there are many birds

Here are some great information about the 6 best bird watching sites which can be visited from the Riviera Maya

Sian Ka'an

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere is truly well worth a visit by bird enthusiasts as it has a list of 345 bird species. Due to its outstanding diversity of aquatic habitats, marine as well as wading birds are very well represented. The species seen here represent 33% of all species identified for the whole country of Mexico and 67% of those reported for the Yucatan Peninsula. Two-thirds of its species breed in the reserve.

Cozumel Island

There are plenty of habitats for exotic bird species as only 5% to 10% of this beautiful island has been developed. Cozumel -which signifies island of swallows - has mangroves, subtropical forests and dunes. 214 bird species happen to be listed of which 71% are residents as well as 29% are migratory birds. Among the list of most typical varieties we find are egrets and herons, Magnificient Frigatebird, Black and Turkey Vultures, Osprey, Brown and American Pelican, fishing eagle, parrots, sea swallows as well as tanagers. Cozumel Thrasher, Cozumel Vireo, Cozumel Wren, Cozumel Great Curassow are special attention species which are highly endangered plus the Cozumel Emerald which is a specie of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family.

Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve

For birding, Rio Lagartos is also outstanding as it has a total of 141 resident bird species and 2 migratory birds. The reserve guards an area covering around 120,000 acres of protected land, composed of low deciduous forest, coastal dune vegetation, mangrove forest, hummocks and savannas. The reserve is renowned for its significant groups of Greater Flamingoes since the area is a crucial nesting site for this species. Birding tours are normally performed by boat despite the fact that trails are also offered.

Botanical Garden Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin

The largest botanical garden in Mexico is the Yaax Che Jardin Botanico del Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin. It's located south of Puerto Morelos. You will walk directly through the mangroves and enjoy a nature walk while seeing some lovely birds. Greater than 220 species happen to be discovered here and the garden has tree house lookouts for an a lot better birding experience.

Coba Ruins

Definitely the only Mayan ruins dating back to the Classical period in Quintana Roo, the place is definitely worth a visit in itself. Pyramids, temples as well as other structures are build wide apart and the park is of tremendous dimensions with plenty of forest for exceptional birding. The site was build alongside a lagoon and so offers habitats for both terrestrial as well as aquatic bird life.

Punta Laguna

A small Mayan village called Punta Laguna is a place where pigs and roosters can freely roam around and have the right of way and you can smell the smoke from tortillas being made by women over an open fire filters through the thatched roofs of their houses. Along with some four other villages, Punta Laguna is part of a 5,000 hectare, a nature reserve protected by the government known as Ma'ax Yetel Kooh. Besides the distinctive subspecies of spider monkey which inhabits the region, the preserve is additionally house to pumas, coatis, howler monkeys as well as a considerable assortment of birds.

The very best way to take pleasure from your bird watching as well as natural history experience is to be with a local guide who has been educated to determine birds by their English names. This gives you to go to areas you never might have seen on all on your own.

For a nice and safe bird watching experience, contact Duende Tours to arrange a bird watching tour for you and for your family.

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