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Birdwatching Coba & Punta Laguna

Barred antshrike
Birders in Coba
Gartered Trogon - Photo Arthur Lee
Mayan Women Punta Laguna community
Spider Monkey - Punta Laguna - Photo Arthur Lee
Spider Monkey - Photo Arthur Lee
Don Manuel - Uma Nojoch Keej
Traditional Mayan gastronomy - Uma Nojoch Keej
Bright-rumped Attila
Nohoch muul Coba archaeological
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl - Toh - Photo Arthur Lee
Lineated Woodpecker - Photo Arthur Lee
Gartered Trogon
Snail Kite - Coba - Photo Arthur Lee
Spider monkey
Juvenile Spider monkey
Northen Bentbill
Green-brested Mango © Eddy Ay Peña
Yucatan Jay
Grey Fox © Eddy Ay Peña
Mottled Owl
Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Red-vented (Yucatan) Woodpecker © Joel Ortega
Punta Laguna

The ancient Mayan city of Coba was once a metropolis of the north eastern Yucatan (200-800 AD). Massive pyramids, squares, palaces and monuments have been buried in the jungle for over 1000 years. The archaeological site of Coba gives us the opportunity to learn about the incredible Mayan civilization as well as local flora and fauna in primary jungle, where the lush vegetation is pre-eminent, with half-excavated buildings emerging from the vines and tree roots, an astounding diversity of birdlife and an extensive central area that can be visited by bicycle!

Famous for its beautiful lake, mature jungle and huge population of spider monkeys, the area of Punta Laguna is also a potential habitat for over 360 species of birds.  The marvelous natural environment of this area is characterized by impressive lakes, cenotes and a semi-deciduous jungle with trees of up to 100ft. An extraordinary bio-diversity of flora & fauna live in this environment, we hike through jungle trails on the lookout for some of the many species of birds, mammals (howler and spider monkeys being the most notorious), insects, reptiles, epiphytic plants and much more.

Also on this tour: we visit a community owned cenote, great for swimming and learning about the very interesting geology of the Yucatan.

Nearby in the village of Nuevo Durango, we stop for lunch at the house of a local family whose aim is to live sustainably while promoting the restoration and conservation of their environment.  And of course, a delicious home cooked meal made from local ingredients.


  • Any day on demand in private (price varies according to number of participants)



  • Profesional guidance

  • Air-conditioned transportation

  • Light breakfast (coffee, energy bar and fruit)

  • Water, fruit and snacks

  • All entrance fees.

  • Lunch


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.

and many more species.

"Experience the living culture of the area through the birds"

Tour program

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

  • 7:00 a.m. Begin birding around the Coba lake*

  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the archaeological site of Coba*

  • 12:00 p.m. Visit to cenote (flooded cave)

  • 1:30 p.m. Lunch with local family

  • 3:00 p.m. Visit to Punta Laguna and nature reserve

  • 5:00 p.m. End of excursion

  • 6:00 p.m. Back in your hotel (Tulum)

*Just want to go to Coba?
click here for our half day tour to Coba.

Who is it for?

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

  • Great for those who love to hike in deep jungle and for a chance to spot uncommon birds and possibly other wildlife.

  • If you are passionate about birds but also want to experience the local Mayan culture through eco-tourism this is the tour for you.

  • For those interested in giving bird watching a try to enjoy the amazing world of birds and the incredible places they can take us to.



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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