Joel Ortega – Birding in the Yucatan

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Joel Ortega – Birding in the Yucatan


Birding in the Yucatan Peninsula is amazing. A great combination of endemics/specialties birds, with beautiful landscapes and a very interesting culture.
Some of the birds we can see:
Black-throated Bobwhite, Ocellated Turkey, American Flamingo, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Zenaida Dove, Ruddy Crake, Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Nightjar, Mexican Sheartail, Cozumel Emerald, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yellow-lored Parrot, Yucatan Flycatcher, Yucatan Vireo, Cozumel Vireo, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Wren, Rose-throated Tanager, Gray-throated Chat, Orange Oriole and much more!
Places that we can visit: All the Yucatan Peninsula (Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche states): – Celestun Biosphere Reserve – Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve – Yucatan coast – Merida sorroundings – Xocen Reserve – Ek Balam area – Chichen Itza area – Uxmal area – Cozumel Island – Calakmul area – Riviera Maya area – Coba
About me:
Birds are my job, my hobby, my passion, and now my goal is to offer you memorable birding experiences in the Yucatan Peninsula. As a wildlife biologist I had participated on several research and conservation projects, such as bird diversity in natural protected areas, nesting ecology, bioacoustics and behavior research. I am very interested in the sustainable development of local communities, that is why in most of the tours we get support from the people of the community for food, local guidance and lodging. I am also an official nature guide certified by the Mexican government which makes me improve safety and quality in the service. I am also co-owner of a tour company named Al Aire Libre MX which offers low impact nature experiences. I can arrange itineraries for every kind of trip; for experts or beginners, for solo travelers or families, from one day tours to multiday tours based in your targets species and places that you are interested to visit in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Please, feel free to contact me and ask for full day tours, all inclusive, and multiday tours information.
Joel Ortega

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Currencies accepted:

Mexican Pesos, US Dollars, Euros

Languages supported:

English, Spanish

Vehicles provided:

Versa, Journey, Urvan, Sprinter



Tour Categories:

Camping, Custom tours, Easy pace, Family Friendly, Mobility limited, Set tours, Workshops

Tour types:

Birds, General wildlife, Natural wonders, Wildlife Photography