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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.

UxmalGreater flamingos at Rio LagartosDark-kite swallowtailsSpider monkeys
Ancient Maya city of Uxmal; greater flamingos at Rio Lagartos; dark-kite swallowtails, spider monkeys.

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.

magnificent frigatebirds ferruginous pygmy owl vermilion flycatcher
Magnificent frigatebirds, ferruginous pygmy owl, vermilion flycatcher.

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.

Rio Lagartas
Rio Lagartas

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.

tropical buckeye

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
Sunset with flamingos

Orange oriole, found only in Mexico and Belize.

“We would love to share our knowledge and enthusiasm about Latin America with Honeyguiders,” say Gábor and Andrea, pictured here at Uxmal in Mexico.

In our spring and summer, Gábor and Andrea are in Hungary and other parts of eastern Europe, leading holidays or running Kondor Lodge in Kiskunság National Park.

Turquoise-browed motmot

Turquoise-browed motmot

Practical stuff

How to plan a wildlife holiday in Mexico

The easiest first step is to approach Gábor and Andrea via their website Ecotours, or by emailing natours@axelero.hu

Flights: probably London-Cancun charter flights.

Timing: Gábor and Andrea are in Latin America between November and April. December to February are their busiest months, so planning in advance for this period is especially useful.

Size of group: any size from 1 to 12. A small group of 4–7 is ideal.

We hope this may appeal to some Honeyguiders who’ve travelled farther afield, for example to South Africa.

brown pelicans
Brown pelicans

Photos on this web page by Gábor Orban & Andrea Katona. There are many more pictures on the Ecotours Facebook page.

Falcate prepona

Falcate prepona

Mexican Sheartail Hummingbird, male

Mexican sheartail, hummingbird endemic to Mexico.

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... where there are many holiday photos to enjoy.

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