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Birdwatching Coba 

Birders in Coba
Squirrel Cuckoo
Gartered Trogon
001 COBA
Bright-rumped Attila
Yellow-billed Cacique
Nohoch muul Coba Ruins
Northen Bentbill

The different ecosystems including some lakes allowed the early settlers of Coba to form their city; which was the largest settlement in the northern part of the Yucatan between 300 – 900 AD.  These days a great place to visit and enjoy its great bird diversity in this #1 hotspot on ebird. 

We begin with a walk around the lake of Coba where we search for water birds such as Spotted Rail, Least Grebe, Ruddy Crake, Limpkin, Snail Kite, Purple Gallinule and other beautiful birds around the lake such as Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Blue-gray and Yellow-winged Tanagers, Orange, Hooded and other species of Orioles, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Morelet´s Seedeater and many more.

Once the archaeological site opens its doors we will be one of the first people to get in to start birding in the primary jungle now covering this great ancient city in search of birds such as Ocellated Turkey, Lesson´s and Turquoise-browed Motmot, Black-headed, Gartered and Collared Trogons, Masked and Black-crowned Tityras, Yucatan, Green and Brown Jays, Yucatan Parrot… and the list goes on.

​On this tour it is possible to identify from 40 to 80 species of birds (depending on the time of the year). 

​Enjoy a delicious meal to replenish your energy before heading back to your hotel/house.

There is the option to add a visit to a nearby cenote to this tour, a great way to cool off and to end a morning of birding.


  • Fridays as part of group (group price)

  • Any day on demand in private



  • Professional guidance

  • Air-conditioned transportation

  • Breakfast (coffee and eggs)

  • Water, fruit and snacks

  • All entrance fees


Several species of water birds, Snail Kite, Ocellated Turkey, Squirrel Cuckoo, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Trogons, Motmots, different species of hummingbirds, Trogons, several species of woodpeckers and woodcreepers, Jays, Tanagers, Orioles and many more.

An ancient Maya city buried in the jungle and the #1 hotspot on ebird

Tour program

  • 6:00 a.m. Pick up at your hotel/house (earlier if farther from Tulum)

  • 7:00 a.m. Birding in Mayan community around the lake of Coba

  • 9:00 a.m. Birding in the archaeological site of Coba

  • 11:45 a.m. Brunch

  • 12:30 p.m. End of the excursion/option to visit a cenote nearby

Interested in adding Punta Laguna Reserve to your tour?

Click here for our full day tour: Birdwathcing Coba & Punta Laguna. 

Who is it for?

  • Birdwatching Coba is an excellent excursion for the enthusiastic bird watcher who is also interested in the nature, culture and history of the area

  • For those who don´t want to miss the opportunity to visit a great ancient Mayan city while seeing an incredible diversity of birds.




Turquoise-browed Motmot © Jonas


We recommend that clients bring:


- Comfortable clothes and shoes,

- Sunglasses and hat

- Camera & binoculars

- Eco friendly sunblock and mosquito repellant (preferably use clothes for protection against the sun and mosquitos)

- Some cash*

- Bring a refillable water bottle


*It is customary to tip the guides and staff for their excellent service. 

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