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Birding / Banding Photographics trips

Tierra de Aves is a Civil Association that offers field trips focused on the conservation of its avifauna. We work all over Mexico

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Oaxaca 7 days from Central Valley to the coast

Oaxaca, 4 days, Central Valley

Mexico City and around 5 days

A trip focused on birdwatching with possibility of 250 species, with a particular focus on endemic species such as jays and hummingbirds, sounds like a birdwatcher's dream form one week birding! Here are a few recommendations to enhance your birding experience:

  1. Be prepared with the right equipment: Make sure to bring essential birding equipment such as binoculars, a field guide, a camera with a telephoto lens (if you enjoy bird photography), appropriate clothing, comfortable footwear, and a notebook to record your observations.

  2. Patience and observation: Birdwatching requires patience and keen observation skills. Spend time in diverse habitats, including forests, wetlands, and coastal areas, to maximize your chances of encountering different bird species. Listen for distinct calls and songs, and watch for unique behaviors.

  3. Respect wildlife and their habitats: Remember to respect the birds and their habitats by following ethical birding practices. Keep a safe distance from the birds, avoid disturbing their nests or breeding sites, and leave no trace behind.

You'll have an excellent chance of observing a wide variety of bird species, including endemic jays and hummingbirds, while contributing to their conservation efforts. Enjoy your birding adventure in Oaxaca!

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That sounds like an exciting and enriching adventure! Oaxaca is indeed one of the most biodiverse states in Mexico, with a wealth of natural beauty and cultural heritage to explore. Here's a suggested itinerary for your 4-day trip:

Day 1: Arrival in Oaxaca City

  • Arrive in Oaxaca City and settle into your accommodation.

  • Explore the historic center of Oaxaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the Santo Domingo Church and Cultural Center.

  • Lunch in the market in the heart of Oaxaca tradition

  • In the afternoon, head to the bustling Oaxaca markets to discover local crafts and unique souvenirs.

Day 2: Monte Alban and Birding Hotspots

  • Start the day early with a visit to Monte Alban, the ancient Zapotec archaeological site. Explore the pyramids, plazas, and temples while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.

  • In the afternoon, embark on your first birdwatching adventure at one of the nearby birding hotspots. Benito Juárez National Park or San Felipe del Agua are great places to start.

Day 3: Birdwatching in Oaxaca's Hotspots

  • Spend the day visiting different birding hotspots in the region. Embark on a complet birdwatching adventure at one of the nearby birding hotspots. Benito Juárez National Park or La Cumbre, Teotitlan del Valle

Day 4: Birding and Handicrafts

  • Continue your birdwatching activities in the morning, exploring any birding hotspots you haven't visited yet or revisiting your favorite locations.

  • In the afternoon, indulge in the local markets and handicrafts of Oaxaca. Visit the Mercado de Artesanías, where you can find beautifully crafted textiles, pottery, and other traditional artworks.

Remember to try the delicious Oaxacan cuisine during your trip, such as tlayudas, mole, and mezcal. Additionally, the city of Oaxaca offers many cultural events and activities, so keep an eye out for any festivals or exhibitions happening during your stay.

Please ensure to respect the environment and wildlife during your birdwatching excursions. Follow any guidelines provided by local tour operators to minimize your impact on the natural habitats and support sustainable tourism in the region. Enjoy your adventure and the fascinating biodiversity of Oaxaca!

Ask for our prices, could be a private tour or small groups.

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Absolutely! Birding in Mexico City offers a unique and diverse experience for birdwatchers. Despite being a bustling metropolis, the city and its surrounding areas provide excellent opportunities to observe a wide variety of bird species, including 19 endemic to Mexico. The range of habitats available, from wetlands to subalpine vegetation, contributes to the richness of birdlife found in the region.

Here are some possible birding spots we will visit in and around Mexico City:

  1. Bosque de Chapultepec: This expansive urban park in the heart of Mexico City offers a mix of open green spaces, woodlands, and small lakes, attracting a diverse range of bird species, good place for hummingbirds.

  2. Desierto de los Leones National Park: Located just outside the city, this park provides opportunities to spot birds typical of pine-oak forests and higher altitudes like Red Warbler

  3. Xochimilco: The ancient canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco are not only culturally significant but also serve as a habitat for numerous bird species, especially waterfowl.

  4. Lerma Marshes, the hotspot for Blackpoll Yellowthroat.

  5. Las maravillas, a park perched at  9000 feet. It will be a quick visit, for Sierra Madre Sparrow.

  6. Optional, we offer a morning ride kayak on the Xochimilco Canal.

  7. We can move towards Xochicalco to increase our list of Endemic bird Species.

When birdwatching in Mexico City, keep in mind some general tips:

  • Bring binoculars and a field guide specific to Mexican birds.

  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear for walking through various terrains

Birdwatching in Mexico City is a fantastic opportunity to explore the country's unique birdlife while enjoying the vibrant culture and history of this fascinating city. So, grab your binoculars and get ready for an unforgettable birding adventure!

The big Oaxaca 14 days

Wow, this sounds like an absolutely fantastic birdwatching journey through the diverse landscapes of Oaxaca! With such a comprehensive itinerary covering various regions and ecosystems, participants are in for an unforgettable and enriching experience.

Let's break down the journey:

  1. Oaxaca City: The adventure begins in the charming Oaxaca City, where you can explore the historic center and its cultural landmarks before heading out to the birding hotspots in the area. Oaxaca City itself offers opportunities to observe several bird species amidst its urban green spaces.

  2. Sierra Norte Pine Forest: Journeying into the Sierra Norte mountains, you'll be treated to the beauty of pine-oak forests, providing habitat for a wide variety of mountain bird species. Keep an eye out for colorful warblers, flycatchers, and woodpeckers in this scenic region.

  3. Tuxtepec Tropical Lowlands: Descending from the mountains to the tropical lowlands of Tuxtepec, you'll encounter a whole new set of bird species. This region's wetlands, rivers, and lush vegetation host a rich diversity of waterfowl, raptors, and other tropical birds.

  4. Isthmus: Continuing the journey south, the Isthmus region offers yet another set of birdwatching opportunities. The combination of coastal habitats and forested areas attracts a mix of coastal and migratory species, making it an exciting birdwatching hotspot.

  5. Pelagic Trip: Taking a pelagic trip is a thrilling addition to the itinerary. Venturing out to the open ocean gives you a chance to observe seabirds, including pelagic species like Booby, Storm Petrel and shearwaters that are rarely seen from land.

  6. Sierra Sur with Coffee Plantations and Cloud Forest: As you move into the Sierra Sur mountains, you'll be enchanted by the lush cloud forests and the unique bird species they harbor. The presence of coffee plantations in the region provides additional habitat for birdwatching opportunities.

  7. Return to Oaxaca City: Completing the full loop of Oaxaca state, you return to Oaxaca City, having explored a multitude of ecosystems and observed a remarkable variety of around 400 bird species.

This journey promises an enriching experience for both seasoned birdwatchers and enthusiasts looking to discover the incredible avian diversity of Oaxaca. The combination of unique habitats, diverse landscapes, and expert guidance will undoubtedly make this trip a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

With such a comprehensive itinerary and abundant birdwatching opportunities, I'm sure participants will cherish the memories and knowledge gained from this remarkable birdwatching journey through Oaxaca!

Cost on demande. It could be for 1 person until 8.

Mexico city in Kayak

Bird banding opportunity

An exclusive birding kayaking experience in the canals of Xochimilco sounds like an absolute delight! Combining the serenity of kayaking with the opportunity to spot a diverse array of bird species in their natural habitat makes this adventure truly special.

Here's more information about this unique birding kayaking tour:

Activity: Birding Kayaking in the Canals of Xochimilco Duration: Early morning session (specific hours can be provided by the tour operator) Price: One person:70 usd, 2 person: 55 usd per person, from 3 or more: 40 usd per person. (price subject to change, please confirm with the tour operator)

What to expect:

  • Embark on a guided kayak tour through the ancient and enchanting canals of Xochimilco.

  • Explore the calm waters and lush greenery of the floating gardens while paddling silently to avoid disturbing the wildlife.

  • Benefit from the expertise of an experienced birding guide who will help you identify and observe various bird species native to the region.

  • Marvel at the sight of beautiful herons, kingfishers, ducks, and other waterfowl that call Xochimilco home.

  • Learn about the cultural and ecological significance of Xochimilco and its importance in preserving Mexico's biodiversity.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for kayaking and birdwatching, keeping in mind the early morning weather conditions.

  • Binoculars and a camera with a zoom lens to get a closer look at the birds and capture stunning photographs.

  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the morning sun.

  • A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during the excursion.


  • Ensure you book with a reputable tour operator that emphasizes responsible and eco-friendly practices to protect the fragile ecosystem of Xochimilco.

  • Respect the wildlife and maintain a quiet and unobtrusive presence to observe the birds in their natural behavior.

  • Follow the instructions and guidelines provided by your birding and kayaking guide for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Birding kayaking in the canals of Xochimilco will undoubtedly leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the beauty of Mexico's avian diversity. So, seize the opportunity and immerse yourself in this magical experience!

A 5-day bird banding experience in Oaxaca that combines scientific tourism, birding, learning, and helping sounds like an incredible adventure. Whether it's for personal banding training or assisting in local banding stations, this opportunity presents a unique chance to deepen one's understanding of birds and contribute to their conservation.

  1. Duration: from one morning to 5 days.The bird banding opportunity, provide ample time for participants to immerse themselves in the activities and learn from the experience.

  2. Personal Banding Training: The program offers personalized banding training, allowing participants to increase their skills in bird handling, molt understanding, and other relevant techniques. The trainig is done by NABC trainers. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who wish to deepen their knowledge of bird banding and avian biology.

  3. Helping at Local Banding Stations: For those who may not be seeking personal training but are eager to contribute and learn, there is an option to assist at local banding stations. This hands-on experience allows participants to actively participate in scientific research and conservation efforts.

  4. Locations: The bird banding opportunity includes three banding stations on the coast of Oaxaca and two in Oaxaca Central Valley. This diversity of locations provides a unique perspective on the various bird species found in different habitats.

  5. No Prior Experience Required: The program is open to participants of all experience levels, including beginners with no previous bird banding knowledge. The experience is appealing to birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

  6. Learning and Contribution: Participants can expect to learn about bird identification, handling techniques, data recording, and other aspects of bird banding. Additionally, they have the opportunity to actively contribute to scientific research and bird conservation during the program

Overall, this bird banding opportunity in Oaxaca offers a remarkable blend of education, adventure, and conservation involvement. It's an enticing proposition for anyone passionate about birds and the natural world. Contact us to learn more about the specific dates, costs, and logistical details to participate in this incredible experience!

Depend on sites: Central valley is based on Donation. Personal training depending of the number of person:

Sea Turtles conservation / release

Conservation initiatives like these are incredibly important for the preservation of our environment and the species that inhabit it. Sea turtles are iconic and fascinating creatures, and our work in maintaining their habitats, protecting their eggs, and assisting with the release of hatchlings is commendable.

For anyone interested in joining our efforts, it's great to know that booking in advance is essential, here. We will meet in Puerto Escondido with Vive Mar for this unique experience in sea turtle conservation, it is a wonderful opportunity.


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Protecting the World’s Most Endangered Species

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