Mazatlan to Durango Birding - A 5 to 8 Day Trip
Day 0 - Arrival and overnight in Mazatlan.
Day 1 - Early morning visit to estuaries in Mazatlan, dry forest and mangroves. At afternoon we depart to the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. Overnight in rustic hotel in small town.
Day 2 Birding the foothills we can find Military Macaws, Lilac-crowned Parrots and Orange-fronted Parakeets, includes two locations where also can be found other specialties as Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow, Black-capped Vireo (winter), Yellow Grosbeak, among others. Late afternoon we drive one hour to a Preserve where we will overnight in cabins.
©Military Macaw by René Valdés
© Green Striped Brushfinch by René Valdés
Day 3 - Birding in the Preserve offers the specialty endemic and highly threatened Tufted Jay; also could be seen other beautiful birds as the Red Warbler, Red-headed Tanager, Golden-browed Warbler, Green-striped Brush-Finch, and Mountain Trogons. Second overnight.
Day 4 - Early morning last birding in the preserve. By noon we drive back to Mazatlan, 3 hours. Overnight in Mazatlan
© Red Warbler by René Valdés
©Tufted Jay By René Valdés
Day 5 We depart at early morning for a Whale watching trip but with opportunities for pelagic birds, and also a visit to the islands where Brown and Blue-footed Boobies are usually found, and Red-billed Tropicbird has chances too. End of trip.
© Blue footed Booby by Eric Antonio Martinez
Extension trip: San Blas, Nayarit.
Day 6 - Early morning departure to San Blas.We connect with locals guides whom will co-lead the tour in several birding hot spots.
Days 7 and 8 - San Blas birding, full day. Many spots and including a trip to Santa Isabel island where whales, Boobies and pelagic birds are the highlights. Late afternoon of day 8we drive back to Mazatlan and overnight.
Day 9 - Flight departures.
© Pelicans and Tern by René Valdés © Golden Browed Warbler by René Valdés