Western Mexico

  1. 2019
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 to Monday, February 11, 2019
    Tour Duration: 
    13 days
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Guadalajara/ Puerto Vallarta
    Number of Persons Limit: 

• Excellent birding in a wide variety of habitats, from mangroves and beaches to mountain forests, amidst spectacular scenery

• Many tropical families of birds represented, along with several endemics. A great tour for seeing a lot of birds, and many exotic and exciting species.

• Our leader, Hector Gomez de Silva, is among the foremost birders in Mexico, and knows the area well!


Our Western Mexico birding tour offers a rich and diverse introduction to tropical birding. The states of Colima and Jalisco harbor a diversity of ecosystems, offering habitats from beaches to mountain forests on the two peaks of the Volcanes del Colima. We amass an impressive tally of species, from shrike-vireos and silky-flycatchers to such possibilities as Long-tailed Wood-Partridge and Balsas Screech-Owl, the spectacular Red-breasted Chat and much-sought-after Rosy Thrush-Tanager. In Nayarit, the area around San Blas is a mix of lowland habitats of palm and thorn forests, oak woods, mangroves, freshwater marshes and coastal lagoons, and the diversity of birds reflects this mix, ranging from Blue-footed Booby and Collared Plover to Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Boat-billed Heron and Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, to chachalacas, parakeets and parrotlets, trogons and motmots. Our leader, Hector Gomez de Silva, is thoroughly familiar with this avifauna, so you are assured of a rewarding and successful tour.

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

Days 2-4: Ciudad Guzmán

Days 5-6: Barra de Navidad and Playa de Oro

Days 7-8: Rancho Primavera

Day 9: Tepic

Days 10-12: San Blas area

Day 13: Departure

Featured Wildlife