Wildlife viewing in Mexico (?)

Old Jan 7th, 2017, 02:59 AM
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Wildlife viewing in Mexico (?)

Hi all, I was wondering where in Mexico that has a wildlife sanctuary (reserve) and is within easy reach of an international airport. I'd also like to do a little bird watching, esp. would love to see some toucans, etc.

Please give me suggestions on where to visit in Mexico. Thanks, Greg
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Old Jan 7th, 2017, 10:17 AM
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One option for birding is the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. I could be wrong, but I think your chances of seeing a toucan there are limited.

A good guidebook should prove useful -- perhaps the Moon Guide.
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Old Jan 7th, 2017, 10:31 AM
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Sian Kaan is a great overall birding location but it is not a jungle location where you would expect to see toucans.

Better for that would be Chiapas especially rainforest areas like Palenque and Yaxchima/Bonampak. Closest int'l airport there I believe is Villahermosa in Tabasco. There is a flight from Mexico City to Palenque as well.
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Old Jan 7th, 2017, 10:40 AM
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I forgot to mention Calakmul, where I actually saw a toucan some years ago, but I don't think it's convenient to any airports.
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http://thejungleplace.com/
Spider monkey sanctuary, books up a few months in advance, outside of Chemuyil, south of Akumal.
There is also a fairly new Akumal Monkey Sanctuary in the pueblo.
Have only seen toucans in Costa Rica.
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At Barra de Potosi is a large lagoon filled with wild life including heron, spoonbills, Egrets, Osprey and may other birds. Also Caymans galore up to nearly 20'. A good chance to see in open water (not the lagoon) passing whales.
There are kayaks for rent at this small dirt road fishing village just outside Zihuatanejo with a half a dozen beach cafes & a number of small hotels. With a almost 10 miles of mostly empty beach lots of solitude.
Crowded on weekends & holidays with Mexican nationals but very peaceful most week days.
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Thanks for the replies. I think I need to refocus and look into Belize or Panama instead. Greg
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Old Jan 9th, 2017, 04:27 AM
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Lots of good birding fairly close to both of those international airports, especially Panama. Keel-billed toucans a regular sighting in both countries.
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Take a look at Costa Rica as well - the wildlife viewing is excellent.
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