Yucatán, Mexico and Latin America
Would you like a wildlife holiday in Mexico or elsewhere in Latin America?
Our hosts in Hungary, Gábor Orban and his partner Andrea Katona, look after groups in Latin America during our winter months — roughly November to April.
Gábor and Andrea are based during that time in the Yucatán, Mexico. They know pretty well almost all the Central American countries, from Guatemala to Panama, plus some South American destinations including Colombia and Ecuador & the Galápagos.
Nature & Culture – hand in hand
They run birdwatching, general wildlife, photographic or cultural holidays, or a mix of all of these.
‘Nature & Culture – hand in hand,’ is how they describe it. The Yucatán in Mexico is a perfect place for this combination: amazing ancient Mayan archaeological sites with attractive birds and wildlife.
There’s no immediate plan to set up a Honeyguide wildlife holiday here, but it can still be available to Honeyguiders. We know from our Hungary experience that you’d be well looked after.
Where to go
The tricky bit: knowing where to go! Our suggestion is where Gábor and Andrea are based, on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico.
With a fortnight there it is possible to combine the perfectly flat Yucatán peninsula with the contrasting hilly region of Chiapas, offering completely different habitats and species. A good option is a circuit starting from Cancun. If you are in the region on a beach/ sun holiday and you would like to go out on daily outings, that is possible as well.
Click here for an album of 140 photos from Yucatán/Chiapas.
What to see
The birds range from frigatebirds, flamingos and pelicans to colourful orioles, hummingbirds, toucans, trogons and motmots. The Yucatán offers dozens of interesting endemic bird species and other local wildlife that you cannot find anywhere else.
The butterflies, dragonflies and bugs are equally varied and colourful.
There are mammal species to see as well, like coatis, agoutis, armadillos, tamanduas (like an anteater), monkeys and sometimes even a big cat or a tayra (like a marten).
To include a visit to see the many millions of Monarch butterflies that winter in Mexico is another idea. It is possible to combine this with seeing endemic birds in central and west Mexico – perhaps best in March.
Sunset with flamingos