Calendar of Birding Tours 2015 - 2017


2015

JANUARY 6TH - 19TH, 2015

Closed Custom Tour; YUCATAN, MEXICO Birding, the major Mayan archeological sites, and Cozumel Island

FEBRUARY 7TH - 17TH, 2015

OPEN Birding Tour; EL TRIUNFO BIOSPHERE RESERVE, CHIAPAS MEXICO - a unique and magical destination - our seventeenth consecutive Year.[B] EL TRIUNFO BIOSPHERE : You should see one of the world's must-see birds – the Horned Guan. Nine days - Begins & Ends in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas - Price: $ 3,195 Tour Information.

MARCH 11th - 22nd, 2015

Closed Custom Tour; OAXACA & PACIFIC CHIAPAS, MEXICOBirding the Southern Highlands, and the Pacific Coastal Plain of Chiapas State.

April 9th - 20TH, 2015

Closed Custom Tour; NORTHERN PACIFIC SLOPE OF ECUADOR Birding a loop route from Quito to the northern border with Colombia and back

May 2nd - 8th, 2015

Closed Scouting Trip; ISLA SOCORRO in the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico

JUNE 7th - July 2nd, 2015

Closed Custom Tour; MEXICO’S GULF COAST; Targeting endemic birds from Monterrey to Cancun.

November 6th - 22nd, 2015

Closed Birding Tour; birding in THAILAND; Birding for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, broadbills, partridges, and pheasants.

December 1st - 15TH, 2015

OPEN Birding Tour; Birder’s INTRODUCTION TO THAILAND - Bangkok to the temple city of Amara Tapac [B] Thailand: 15 days in a magical country of rich coastal estuaries – Spoonbilled Sandpiper; dense tropical woodlands – Orange-breasted Trogon; and cool highland forests – Rufous-throated Partridge. Price: $ 3,795

2016

JANUARY 11TH– 26th, 2016

Closed Custom Tour; CUBAN BIRD SURVERY PROGRAM

February 4TH – 14th, 2016

Closed Custom Tour; EL TRIUNFO Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas Mexico – the Horned Guan

FEBRUARY 27TH - March 7th, 2016

OPEN Birding Tour; EL TRIUNFO BIOSPHERE RESERVE - a unique and magical destination - our eighteenth consecutive Year.[B] EL TRIUNFO BIOSPHERE : You should see the magnificent Horned Guan, one of the world's must-see birds. Nine days - Begins & Ends in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas - Price: $ 3,295 Tour Information.

February 22nd - March 17th 2016

Closed Custom Tour; Targeting more than Fifty WEST MEXICAN ENDEMICS

APRIL 1st - 15TH, 2016

OPEN Birding Tour; A Birder’s Introduction to Morocco – Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir, the Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert for Northern Bald Ibis, Egyptian Nightjar Crimson-winged Finch, Crowned Sandgrouse, and Greater Hoopoe-Lark.[B] Morocco: 15 days allows time to search out the regional endemics in each of the major sub-regions of the country; coastal wetland, highland pine forests, barren-ground deserts, and river valleys with narrow riparian corridors - Itinerary and price available 12 months before tour.

APRIL 27th - May 8TH, 2016

NORTH AMERICA’S FINEST BIRDING ROUTE[C] Center of endemism in Mexico: Targets more 50 endemics Twelve days; Begins Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo / Ends Mexico City; Price and Itinerary available 14 months before tour Tour Information.

May 20th – May 31st, 2016

OPEN Birding Tour; HONDURAS – Key Regional Endemics, including Ocellated Quail [B] Holds some of the best forests in Central America: Honduran Emerald, Lovely Cotinga, & Keel-billed Motmot, plus all regional endemics. Twelve days - Begins and ends in San Pedro Sula, - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before tour.

June 14th - 30th, 2016

OPEN Birding Tour; NORTHERN MEXICO Endemic Birds [IBA’s] -- Chihuahua, Saltillo Grasslands, The High Rise, and El Cielo [C] MEXICO'S SUMMER ENDEMICS: Thick-billed and Maroon-fronted Parrots, Worthen's Sparrow, Eared Quetzal, Tawny-collared Nightjar, and an additional ten great birds among the more than 300 species. Seventeen days - Begins Chihuahua City, Chihuahua & Ends Veracruz, - Price & Itinerary available 14 months before departure Tour Information.

October 3rd - 17th, 2016

Open Heritage-Style Birding Tour - TAIWAN [A] Taiwan: fifteen days of birding - 200+ species - all 32 endemic birds will be targeted – including rare pheasants and partridges. Fine lodging near birding destinations, well-developed wildlife sanctuaries, and a rich culture - Begins and Ends in Taipei - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before tour.

NOvember 1st - 15th, 2016

Closed Custom Tour; NORTHERN PACIFIC SLOPE OF ECUADOR, Birding a loop route from Quito to the northern border with Colombia and back

November 30th - December 12th, 2016

OPEN Birding Tour; YUCATAN, MEXICO; Excellent birding, major Mayan archeological sites, Cozumel Island, regional cuisine, and an inviting people. [B] Yucatan: Thirteen days of birding - 200+ species - all regional endemics will be targeted – including Cozumel Emerald and Mexican Sheartail. Fine lodging near birding destinations, well-developed tourist facilities, and a rich culture - Begins and Ends in Cancun - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before departure; Tour Information.

2017

JANUARY 10TH – February 2nd, 2017

OPEN Birding Tour; COMPREHENSIVE SOUTHERN MEXICO; The tour targets 600 species of birds in Chiapas State, with short sallies into the neighboring states of Oaxaca, Tabasco, & Campeche; Excellent birding. This tour addresses the concerns of birders coming from more distant parts of the globe with a desire for a longer visit. The tour dovetails with the February 2017 trip into the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve. Comprehensive Chiapas: Twenty-four days of birding - 600+ species - all regional endemics will be targeted. The route targets endemics in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the IBA areas of the Pacific Plain and Sierra Madre Range of Chiapas, the Guatemalan Highlands, the deep jungles of Lancondon and Aguas Azules, the Usumacinta Wetlands, and the rarely visited forests of southern Campeche. Begins in Villahermosa and ends in Tuxtla Gutierrez - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before departure
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FEBRUARY 3rd - 12th, 2017

OPEN Birding Tour; EL TRIUNFO BIOSPHERE RESERVE - a unique and magical destination - our eighteenth consecutive Year.[B] EL TRIUNFO BIOSPHERE : You should see the magnificent Horned Guan, one of the world's must-see birds. Nine days - Begins & Ends in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before departure Tour Information.

March 1st - 15th 2017

OPEN Birding Tour; CUBAN BIRD SURVEY[B] Cuba: 15 days of bird study that allows for as many as 30 endemics to be seen - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before departure.

March 28th - April 11th, 2017

OPEN Birding Tour; Southern Mexico Endemic Birds [IBA’s] -- Oaxaca State, Sierra Los Tuxtlas, and Isthmus of Tehuantepec[C] MEXICO'S ENDEMIC BIRDS: Fully one third of all of the nations endemic birds can be seen on this tour – Fifteen days - Begins in Oaxaca City and ends in Veracruz - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before departure. Tour Information.

May 8th – May 21st, 2017

Closed Custom Tour; Birds and Culture of SPAIN; the tour hubs in Madrid; sometimes by train, other times by bus, we visit Grenada, Barcelona, Toledo, Cadiz, Trujillo, and the Pyrenees

June 20th - 30th, 2017

OPEN Birding Tour; Central Mexico Endemic Birds [IBA’s] – Sinaloa Martin, Tufted and Transvolcanic jays, White-fronted Swift, Bearded Wood-Partridge, Tuxtla Quail-Dove, Sumichrast’s Wren. [C] MEXICO'S MAYAN RUINS: We give ourselves eleven days to locate and see several of Mexico’s most difficult endemic species, Tuxtla Quai-Dove, Bearded Wood-Partridge, & White-fronted Swift - Begins Mazatlan & ends Veracruz Price and Itinerary available 14 months before departure.

November 1st - 15th, 2017

OPEN Birding Tour; Sri Lanka; Heritage-Style Birding Tour [A] SRI LANKA: sixteen days of birding - 200+ species to be seen - all 26 endemic birds will be targeted. Lovely accommodations near wildlife sanctuaries across the small island [165 miles long by 85 miles wide] - Kalamatiya, Sinharaja Rain Forest, Minneriya, Kitulgala and Minipe - tea factories, temples, and fine food - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before departure

October 10th - 23rd, 2017

The Chiapas Lowlands to the Yucatan.[B] MEXICO'S MAYAN RUINS A very popular tour - Calakmul, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, Palenque & more! Thirteen days - tinamous, antbirds, & macaws. Begins in Villahermosa, Tabasco - Price and Itinerary available 14 months before departure. Tour Information.


*CUSTOM TOURS* Individuals, small parties of friends, and larger groups from birding clubs regularly request from Legacy Tours a custom tour tour to specific destinations in Mexico, Belize, Argentina, and to USA birding hot spots. Contact our office to discuss the possibility of a custom tour for yourself [target birds], your family [target destination], or your birding club [target joint activity].


Trip Codes * [A] Comfortable & Enjoyable for ANYONE with an interest in nature.
[B] Comfortable and fun for bird watchers -- but one must enjoy daily bird watching.
[C] Birders with both a keen interest, and energy level -- birding all-day every-day.
* Codes help to clarify daily intensity, and the variety of activities while on tour