Trip report: The Yucatán and Palenque, Birding the Mayan Empire (Jan-Feb 2007) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Michael Retter.

“Yucatán”–the word conjures images of endless turquoise seas and ancient Mayan ruins hidden beneath dense jungle. On this private tour, we visited a wide array of habitats, from mangrove-lined salt flats and desert scrub to lush canopy rain forest and tropical savannah. An archaeologists’s dream, we also visited an extensive list of spectacular Mayan ruin sites: Chichén Itzá, Tulum, Calakmul, Palenque, Bonampak, and Yaxchilán. The pristine tropical rainforest surrounding them yielded incredible species like Keel-billed Toucan, White-collared Manakin, Black Hawk-Eagle, Ocellated Turkey, King Vulture, and both howler and spider monkeys. Overall, the weather was very good, but an strong norte literally dampened our birding around Palenque one day.

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