On this Mexican Birds Tour adventure, you will find yourself among beautiful pine and oak forests at the Tufted Jay Preserve deep in the Sierra Madre Mountains. There are amazing hiking opportunities for all experience levels on the beautiful mountain trails around the preserve’s canyons and valleys.
The Tufted Jay Preserve is an ecotourism and conservation project led by people from the Ejido El Palmito Community. By joining this expedition, you support their conservation efforts and livelihood.
This particular ecosystem is the year-round home for the Tufted Jay, also known as the “Chara Pinta,” an elusive bird species from the crow family that is endemic to these forests. Their habitat is threatened by logging and other human activities. This is the only place in the world where you can see this beautiful bird, plus a myriad of other migratory and resident birds.
Duration: 10 hours
Start and end location: Mazatlan
At 6:30 am, you will depart and take a 1.5-hour drive up the Mazatlan-Durango scenic highway. Along the way, you will stop at a lookout for a quick breakfast of coffee, pastries, and fruit. You will then continue for 30 minutes to get to the preserve. There, you will meet your experienced local guide, “Don Santos,” who will take you out on an amazing hiking experience through the trails and canyons of the preserve. You will search for the Chara Pinta and the best of the Mexican birds that call these forests home. You will stop at several lookouts for some great photo opportunities and breathtaking scenery.
After your hiking adventure, you will enjoy delicious traditional corn “gorditas” for lunch, hosted by the family of Don Santos. This is a great way to get to meet the locals, their traditions, and way of life. On the way back, you will take the Durango-Mazatlan highway to Mazatlan.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.