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I offer guided bird trips, both one-day and multi-day trips. You decide where, when and how. Please see conditions below.
The area around Ciudad Guzmán and Guadalajara in Jalisco
The area around Manzanillo and Ciudad Colima in Colima
More than 600 species and 50 endemics have been registered in this region, and a good number of these can be seen during a day trip out of either of the four cities.
Depending on which species you prefer to see close to or in Guadalajara there are several interesting options ranging from the lakes west of the city, to the oak forest reserve La Primavera or the city park Los Colomos or the spectacular canyon system at the north east edge of the city, Barranca de Huentitán.
Close to Ciudad Guzmán (my home, and 1 and a half hours south of Guadalajara) you'll have lakes and hills mixed with forests and agriculture that hold a surprisingly high variety of species. But the magnificent volcanoes on the border between Colima and Jalisco is the prime target here. The mountain forests high up are of pristine quality and iconic species like Red Warbler, Aztec Thrush or Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo call it home up there.
In Manzanillo you can for example visit the thorn forest at Playa de Oro, the marshes near the airport, the harbor and nearby beaches or the lagoons almost in the middle of the town or not-so-far-away Cuyutlán lagoons.
In Ciudad de Colima you have easy access to the Balsas Screech-Owl hilltop La Cumbre and a variety of localities leading up the volcanic slope from Comala, Suchitlán, Cofradía to Laguna La Maria and Yerbabuena on the border to Jalisco.
There is a marked difference between the two states when it comes to the climate: In Jalisco the climate is generally nice, always with dry air and ranging from chilly to hot depending both on time of day and year. In the rainy season, however, outdoor activities are normally restricted to the early hours of the day, and access to higher grounds on the volcanoes might be a problem. This being between July and October, normally.
In Colima the climate is more humid and warmer than in Jalisco, on the other side of the volcanoes, and generally wetter in the rainy season.
But it is possible to bird throughout the year, so don't hesitate to book a date!
I charge per day independent of the number of hours spent and the number of participants. Food or any other service is not included in any of my fees, and any of this should be added separately as an additional cost. The max. number of participants if using my vehicle is 4.
Guiding fee: 150 USD per day.
Driving fee (either my own or your vehicle): 30 USD per day.
Fee for using my car: 25 USD per day.
Cost of gasoline and toll roads will be added to the total trip price depending on the concrete arrangement. With the current prices, January 2018, expect an extra cost of up to 80 USD.
To leave these short trips the most flexible for both of us, I don't charge any cancelation fee nor require pre-payment. The payment should be done in USD cash at the end of the trip.
All of Mexico, but especially West Central Mexico and the Yucatan peninsula
If you're thinking about making a longer bird trip to Mexico, I'm ready to help you prepare and execute it.
I've been birding most states in Mexico and will gladly arrange your trip anywhere in the republic. However, the areas I know best are the West Central states Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. Plus the states on the Yucatan peninsula, Quintana Roo, Yucatán and Campeche.
These states together provide about 2/3 of the almost 100 endemic species that Mexico hosts. All the states are easy to travel and bird, and as everywhere in Mexico you'll find good food, good weather and friendly people. Allow yourself to experience it!
A longer trip signify a trip including at least one night away from home. The price depends on the specific arrangement. Please ask for a non-binding estimate.
Once the itinerary and trip budget have been determined and agreed upon by the client, a 10 % non-refundable deposit has to be paid to me as soon as possible via bank transfer (a date will be determined).
The rest of the amount will have to be paid 2 months before the trip start, or as soon as possible if less time is available.
A complete or partial cancellation of the trip, after the full amount has been paid will cause a penalty: I keep my total guiding and preparation fee for the original trip (the amount will be specified beforehand). In case the 10 % deposit is larger than the sum of the fee amounts, the deposit amount is what I'll keep.
In all situations of cancellation any non-refundable expenses already paid (e.g. air tickets) and fees for late cancellation of any reservation made for the trip will be subtracted before refunding the remaining amount to the client.