82630 El Palmito, Sin., México

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Duration: 2 days
Group size: 1 - 25
82630 El Palmito, Sin., México

1 review

Duration: 2 days
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

Join us on a getaway to the Sierra Madre Mountains for some of the best bird watching in northwest Mexico! On this adventure you will spend TWO full days exploring the Tufted Jay Preserve, among beautiful pine and oak forests in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains of Sinaloa. These forests are the year-round home for the Tufted Jay or “Chara Pinta” and over 100 other species of resident and migratory birds. 

Enjoy a fantastic scenery contemplating the sun setting in the Pacific Ocean at over 2,000 m, dinner at the campfire and amazing night sky observation. You will spend the night on cozy wooden lodges right in the heart of the reserve, a real million star hotel! Wake up early to the sound of your favorite birds and prepare to enjoy magnificent mountain views and the freshest air possible. 

A unique getaway for every season!

What’s included

  • Ground transportation
    SUV or Van
  • All fees and taxes
    Entrance to preserve and others
  • Snacks
    Granola bars, crackers, fruit etc
  • Beverages
    Coffee, Tea, Soft drinks and purified water
  • Meals
    2 traditional mountain meal with local family
  • Breakfast
    1 Full breakfast at the lodge
  • Dinner
    1 Dinner at campfire
  • Local Guide
    Don Santos is a real mountain man and expert birder
  • Naturalist guide
    Bilingual and knowledgeable
  • Lodging
    One night at wooden cabin, 2 bedrooms
  • Tips and gratuities
    Both for local and naturalist guide

Available Packages

Solo Traveler
Available until 3 days before departure
Couple´s Special (2 persons only)
Available until 3 days before departure
Group of 4
Deposit: $600
Extra person (5th and beyond)
Available until 3 days before departure

This is the rate for extra person beyond group of 4 (5th person and beyond)

Deposit: $100


Day 1
In search of the Tufted Jays!

As an iconic and endemic species of these forest many visitors expect to see them on their first day, and goes what? you probably will! As this is a very special tour designed mostly for birders, you can send us your "bird list" so we can get on it! Don Santos, our local guide, lives and roams these forests everyday so he knows his birds and whereabouts! 

Day 1

6:30 am..... Pickup up at your hotel lobby

8:30 am..... Coffee, pastries and bananas (and leg stretch) at a wonderful lookout by the road near the preserve 

9:30 am..... Arrive at the preserve to meet our local guide Don Santos Vazquez. Check in equipment and luggage at lodges. 

First hike through Las Liebres Canyon and down to La ventana lookout (2 hrs approx). 

*This trail covers different habitats, hence the possibility of seeing a diverse array of birds, Tufted Jays are commonly found on this trail, unless Don Santos knows where they have been in the past days before our trip, we will go on a quest. 

12:00 pm... Second hike (1 hour) on trails around the mesa area of the preserve and other amazing lookouts. (snacks included)

13:30 pm.... Back on the SUV and down to the town of El Palmito to have lunch at Don Santos place 

Menu: chicken mole, rice, frijoles 

3:00 pm...... Back to the lodges to relax and charge batteries for our afternoon hike. 

5:00 pm..... Afternoon hike: we will go down by the trails to a westward lookout where we will see the sun set over Mazatlan and the Pacific Ocean. A wonderful sight. 

6:30 pm..... Back to camp for dinner at the lodges. 

8:00 pm..... Sleep tight. 

Your Organizer

Onca Explorations
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Our ecotours and expeditions are specially designed to enhance your connection with nature and to inspire you to love and protect our living planet. Our one of a kind travel experiences combine elements of exploration, science, experiential learning and cultural exchange, with sustainable tourism activities, for you to witness and experience profound connections with wildlife. While we explore, we learn, we educate, and we document to promote awareness about the value and threats to biodiversity.


We had a wonderful time , our guides were great , lots of knowledge . A must do once in a lifetime experience . The best excursion we have done .
By Mark B for SEA TURTLES & WETLANDS on 10 Nov, 2022