Day 0. Sunday.
We fly to the city of Tuxtla Gutierres in Mexico's southernmost province of Chiapas. The people arriving from Colima will arrive at 3.30 pm. Bus to Jaltenango. Along the way we may see Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and White-throated Magpie-Jay.
Day 1. Monday.
We will start early so we can use most of the day looking for birds on the 11km mostly uphill trail with 700m ascent to Triunfo. Some of the birds include Tody and Blue-throated Motmot, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Green Violetear, Fulvous Owl, White-crowned Parrot, Collared Trogon, Emerald Toucanet, Scaly-Throated Foliage-gleaner, Spotted and Spot-crowned Woodcreeper, Yellowish Flycatcher, Spotted Nightingale-Thrush, Chestnut-sided and Green Shrike-Vireo, Brown-capped Vireo, Golden-cheeked and Hermit Warbler, Slate-throated Whitestart, Golden-browed Warbler, Common Bush-Tanager and White-winged Tanager. ?
Basic but adequate lodging at el Triunfo Field Station for the next three nights.
Day 2-3 Tuesday-Wednesday?
With very limited distribution in Southern Mexico and Guatemala always requiring hiking, the peculiar Horned Guan is our prime target when birding the trails around the Triunfo Station. Our secondary target is the northern subspecies of Respelndent Quetzal, which has a even longer tail than the subspecies present in Costa Rica. Other birds around here include.
Chestnut-collared Swift, White-tailed Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Barred Forest-Falcon, Plain and Rufous-browed Wren, Black and American Mountain Thrush, Hammond's Flycatcher, Unicolored Jay, Hooded Grosbeak, Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia and Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer.
Day 4. Thursday. Hike to Limonar 14km mostly downhill
We shall start hiking again, leaving predawn to do the hour long acscent to get on our way and start our birding as we descend on the Pacific Slope. We may see Rufous Sabrewing, Sparkling-tailed Woodstar, White and Broad-winged Hawk, Barred Parakeet, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Long-tailed Manakin, Rufous-and-White Wren, Grace’s Warbler, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager and White-eared Ground-Sparrow.
Close to our camp at Limonar we have a good chance to see Azure-rumped Tanager. When arriving the porters will already have prepared the tents and our dinner.
Day 5. Friday Hike to Paval. 9km with 900m drop
The quite steep downhill to Paval takes us through coffee plantations where Long-tailed Manakin is particularly common. Near Paval we will search for Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow. After eating our lunch packages we shall continue to Mapastepec on the PanAmerican highway and from there turn towards the coast and the mangroves of El Castaño. The road had many pastures and marshes as we drove along and there were massive numbers of birds such as all kinds of Herons and Egrets, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, White-bellied Chachalacha, Mourning Dove, Southern Lapwing and Black-collared Hawk. ??As we arrive to our lodge for the night we shall look for the local Giant Wrens and Spot-breasted Orioles.
In the afternoon we hire some boats to explore the mangroves. Here are some really cool birds to see including Sungrebe, Agami Heron, Boat-billed Heron, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Amazon, Ringed, Green and American Pygmy Kingfishers and parrots such as Orange-chinned Parakeet and Yellow-naped Amazon.
Close to dusk, we shall return to the open fields and see more White-bellied Chachalachas, Scissors-tailed Flycatcher, Double-striped Thick Knee, Gray-headed Kite and as light is fading, many Lesser Nighthawks hunting over the fields. Finally we try to spotlight a Pacific Screech-Owl.
Day 6. Saturday, Drive via Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal.
We shall start before dawn for the long drive to San Cristobal. On the way we shall make specific stops for targets we may have missed on our hike, we shall also stop at Sumidero Canyon outside of Tuxtla where we have a chance of seeing Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Belted Flycatcher, Banded Wren, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Yellow Grosbeak, and Red-breasted Chat. ?Other targets this day include Rose-bellied Bunting, Orange-breasted Bunting, Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, Green-fronted Hummingbird
Close to San Cristobal is our main target Pink-headed Warbler in pine forest town. Other species include Magnificent and Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Mountain Trogon and Bushtit. At dusk we shall search for Bearded Screech-Owl
We stayed in a very nice hotel in quaint San Cristobal.
Day 7. Sunday. Drive to Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport
Morning in San Cristobal for Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Highland Guan, Guatemalan Flicker, Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush, Rufous-collared Robin and Black-throated Jay.? If time permits we should also do an additional stop at Sumidero Canyon before going to the airport to be there at around noon. Flights to Mexico DF from 2pm.