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Past Itineraries

ITINERARIES SINCE 2011

North America    Central America    South America

Africa    Asia & the Pacific



North America

Cuba

CUBA:
Endemics of a Once-forbidden Island


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Natural Wonders of Chiapas

MEXICO:
Natural Wonders of Chiapas

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Highlights:
  • Mexico's most biodiverse state.
  • El Triunfo Cloud Forest Reserve.

Endemics of Mexico's West Coast

MEXICO:

Endemics of Mexico's West Coast

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Highlights:

  • 22 days
  • Copper Canyon National Park, Chihuahua.
  • El Fuerte and Rio El Fuerte, Sinaloa.
  • Mazatlan and the Durango Highway.
  • San Blas, Nayarit.
  • Manzanilo, Jalisco.
  • Volcan Colima, Colima/Jalisco.
  • Acapulo and Sierra Atoyac, Guerrero.


Wild Yucatan one-week itinerary

MEXICO:

Wild Yucatan Week

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Highlights:
  • 7 days
  • Inspiring forests surrounding ancient Maya ruins at Coba, Quintana Roo.
  • The world's largest colony of American Flamingos--up to 45,000--strong at Ria Lagartos National Park & Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan.
  • Three days at the world’s most reliable place to see colorful Spotted Rails: Coba Lakes, Quintana Roo.
  • Take a refreshing swim in the hidden world of the Ridgeway’s Rough-winged Swallow--underground cenotes at Coba Lakes, Quintana Roo, a unique--and refreshing--experience!
  • Safari through the remote, nearly unspoiled, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo.
  • Seek out endemic specialties, including the Yucatan Wren, the nocturnal Yucatan Nightjar, and others.
  • And, of course, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with enormous and gentle whale sharks at Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo.
Wild Yucatan extended two-week tour

MEXICO:

Wild Yucatan
(extended two-week tour)

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Highlights:
  • 14 days
  • Inspiring forests surrounding ancient Maya ruins at Coba, Quintana Roo, and the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Campeche (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
  • The world's largest colony of American flamingos--up to 45,000--strong at Ria Lagartos National Park & Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan.
  • Three days at the world’s most reliable place to see colorful spotted rails: Coba Lakes, Quintana Roo.
  • Take a refreshing swim in the hidden world of the Ridgeway’s Rough-winged Swallow--underground cenotes at Coba Lakes, Quintana Roo, a unique--and refreshing--experience!
  • Safari through the remote, nearly unspoiled, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo.
  • Calakmul, heart of the enchanting "Jaguar Forest," Campeche, Mexico's most extensive tropical rainforest.
  • Seek out endemic specialties, including the Yucatan Wren, the nocturnal Yucatan Nightjar, and others.
  • And, of course, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with enormous and gentle Whale Sharks at Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo.
Winter Escape to the Yuatan

MEXICO & GUATEMALA:
Winter Escape to the Yucatan, Heart of the Maya World

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Highlights:

  • The flamingos of Ria Lagartos National Park, Yucatan
  • Cozumel Island endemics and coral reefs, Caribbean Sea
  • Coba Archaeological Reserve, Quintana Roo
  • Manatees of Sian Ka'an, Quintana Roo
  • Calakmul, Mexico's Jaguar Forest and World Heritage Site, Campeche
  • Tikal World Heritage Site and National Park, Guatemala
  • OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION to view the Scarlet Macaws of El Peru and Laguna del Tigre National Park, Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala

Spring Migration in Texas

UNITED STATES:
Spring Migration in Texas

Week 1: Whooping Cranes, Raptor Migration, & South Texas Specialties

with optional post extension:
Texas Ranch Raptor Photography & Salineno Mexican Birds on the Rio Grande

Week 2: Spring Migration Fest
with optional post extension:
Golden-cheeked Warblers & Black-capped Vireos in the Texas Hill Country

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Highlights:
  • A split two-week itinerary to take advantage of the best spring has to offer in Texas. Join both weeks together or either week separately, with or without the fantastic optional extensions.
  • WEEK 1:
  • Visit two of the best and birdiest US national wildlife refuges: Aransas and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges.
  • Photograph the exciting spring migrant fallout at South Padre Island.
  • Experience the unspoiled Lower Rio Grande Valley at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.
  • OPTIONAL 4-DAY POST-TOUR EXTENSION 1: Photograph raptors from specialized blinds on an authentic South Texas Ranch and birding in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
  • WEEK 2:
  • Wrangle Yellow Rails at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Seek out East Texas pine & hardwood forest birds, including the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker.
  • Photograph the exciting spring migrant fallout at High Island.
  • OPTIONAL 4-DAY POST-TOUR EXTENSION 2: seek out warblers and vireos in the Texas hill country.






Central America

Keel-billed Motmot; Lovely Cotinga; Keel-Billed Toucan; Honduran Emerald; Temple I at Tikal

HONDURAS & GUATEMALA:

Lovely Cotingas and Tikal

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Highlights:
  • 14 days
  • Stay at the exclusive, 5-star eco-resort, The Lodge at Pico Bonito.
  • World’s best location to view stunningly beautiful Lovely Cotingas.
  • Excursion to the American Bird Conservancy reserve for critically-endangered Honduran Emerald, the only bird endemic to Honduras.
  • High-density Keel-billed Motmot populations on The Lodge’s property.
  • Orange-breasted Falcons on Maya Ruins at Tikal, Guatemala.
  • Caribbean coastal lagoons of Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, La Ceiba, Honduras.
  • Otherworldly Maya Ruins of Tikal National Park--a birder’s and archaeologist’s paradise in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve
Photographing the Birds at Pico Bonito, Honduras

HONDURAS:

Photographing the Birds of Pico Bonito

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Highlights:
  • All-inclusive stay at the exclusive, 5-star eco-resort, The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras.
  • Exclusive and personalized instruction by veteran Neotropical bird photographer/videographer, guide, and author Greg R. Homel, for the best techniques to make your photographic dreams come true.
  • World's best location to view and photograph stunningly beautiful Lovely Cotingas, while following the very footsteps Homel made while filming Introducing the Wonderful Birds of Pico Bonito, Honduras.
  • Neotropical Hummingbird Photography Workshop at The Lodge at Pico Bonito's very ample and extensive feeder system.
  • Film the birds of the rainforest canopy atop The Lodge's famed and aptly-named Toucan Tower.
  • Overnight excursion to the former American Bird Conservancy reserve to photograph the critically-endangered Honduran Emerald, the only bird endemic to Honduras.
  • Strong chances to photograph the Keel-billed Motmot, a Neotropical dream bird with a high-density population on The Lodge's property.
  • Access to and personal guidance along The Lodge's extensive and bird-rich trail networks on both sides of the Rio Coloradito, in the foothills of the Nombre de Dios Mountain Range.
  • Nocturnal bird and insect photography on the grounds of The Lodge.
  • Photograph the exciting birds and other wildlife of the mangrove forest and Caribbean coastal lagoons at the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge

Winter Escape to the Yuatan

MEXICO & GUATEMALA:
Winter Escape to the Yucatan, Heart of the Maya World


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Highlights:
  • The flamingos of Ria Lagartos National Park, Yucatan
  • Cozumel Island endemics and coral reefs, Caribbean Sea
  • Coba Archaeological Reserve, Quintana Roo
  • Manatees of Sian Ka'an, Quintana Roo
  • Calakmul, Mexico's Jaguar Forest and World Heritage Site, Campeche
  • Tikal World Heritage Site and National Park, Guatemala
  • OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION to view the Scarlet Macaws of El Peru and Laguna del Tigre National Park, Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala





South America



Photographing Wild Colombia

COLOMBIA:

Wild Colombia:
Birding & Photography in the Most Bird-Rich Nation on Earth
with optional post-extension tour to the Rio Blanco Reserve
(winter & spring)

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Highlights:
  • 15 days (or 17 days with the optional post-extension)
  • Explore the nation with more species of birds within its political borders than any other in the world.
  • Seek out Colombian endemics, such as the Blossomcrown, Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Antpitta, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Santa Marta Foliage Gleaner, Chocó Vireo, Chestnut Wood-Quail, and others.
  • Look for some of the 18 species endemic to the the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
  • Seek out the specialties of the Guajira peninsula, including the Vermilion Cardinal.
  • Opportunities to add to your life list some species only recently described, such as Stiles's Tapacul and the endemic Santa Marta Screech-Owl.
  • View all three of North America's stork species: Jabiru, Wood Stork, and the little-known Maguari Stork.
  • Join the optional post-extension tour to visit the Rio Blanco Reserve and experience its unique encounters with antipttas.


Photographing Wild Colombia

COLOMBIA:

Wild Colombia:
Birding & Photography in the Most Bird-Rich Nation on Earth
(late summer)

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Highlights:
  • 15 days.
  • Explore the nation with more species of birds within its political borders than any other in the world.
  • Seek out Colombian endemics, such as the Black Inca hummingbird, Turquoise Dacnis, Silvery-throated Spinetail, Rufous-browed Conebill, Crested Ant-TanagerMulticolored Tanager, and others.
  • Visit the Otún-Quimbaya Reserve to find the endangered Cauca Guan, thought to be extinct until the 1990s.
  • Look for some of the 18 species endemic to the the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
  • Seek out the specialties of the Guajira peninsula, including the Vermilion Cardinal.
  • Opportunities to add to your life list some species only recently described, such as Stiles's Tapacul and the endemic Santa Marta Screech-Owl.

Wild Brazil 2013

BRAZIL:

Wild Brazil

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Highlights:
  • 14 days
  • Explore by land and water the Pantanal, the world's most extensive wetland.
  • The world's largest concentration of Jabiru, biggest species of stork in the Americas.
  • Visit Alta Floresta in the Brazilian Amazon, home to an amazing Harpy Eagle eyrie.
  • Up-close encounters with Giant Otters.
  • Spectacular chances to view the largest of the American cats, the Jaguar.

Photographing Wild Peru

PERU:
Photographing Wild Peru


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Highlights:

  • 25 days
  • Optimized with photographers in mind, so they can have their "best shots" at the wildlife encountered, with the expert guidance and advice of Greg Homel.
  • Visit the wildlife sanctuary at Huacarpay Lakes, an intact highland Peruvian wetlands, home to the Bearded Mountaineer, among many other beautiful birds.
  • Explore the astoundingly biodiverse Manu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Witness the courtship displays of Peru's national bird, the Cock-of-the-Rock.
  • Travel the Manu, Heath, and Madre de Dios rivers and oxbow lakes to encounter Horned Screamers, Giant Otters, Capybaras, Piranha, and more.
  • Top-notch photographic opportunities at clay licks for tapirs, macaws, and other wildlife.
  • Walk through bamboo forests in search of endemic specialties.
  • Opportunities to see some of the most sought-after species of bird-rich Peru, including the Marvelous Spatuletail, a newly discovered and yet-unnamed tanager, and perhaps even (though it is rarely seen), the Long-Whiskered Owlet.




Africa
Winter Escape to the Yuatan

UGANDA:
The Best Birding in Africa
with optional post-extension tour to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, homeland of the endangered Mountain Gorilla


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Asia & the Pacific
Southeast Asia Avian Odyssey

SOUTHEAST ASIA:
Southeast Asia Avian Odyssey:

Photographing Vietnam, Thailand,
Cambodia, & Laos


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Highlights:
  • 28 days.
  • Southeast Asia's biodiverse national parks and nature reserves.
  • Visit one of the largest concentrations of waterbirds in Southeast Asia, the Salt Pans of Phetburi Province, Thailand.
  • Khao Yai National Park, South Thailand.
  • Doi Inthanon National Park, North Thailand.
  • Explore Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, to locate the rare Germain's Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, and two rare primates, the Black-shanked Duoc Langur and Buff-cheeked Gibbon.
  • Enter the evergreen forest on Mount Lang Bien, Vietnam, home of the beautiful and endemic Collared Laughingthrush.
  • Visit the otherworldly ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
  • Seek the critically endangered Bengal Forican in the grasslands at Kompong Thom, Cambodia.
  • Go off the beaten path for Giant Ibises and White-shouldered Ibises in Cambodia.
  • Bird among the megalithic ruins of the Plain of Jars, Laos.
  • Pursue the recently discovered Bare-faced (Bald-headed) Bulbul, the only naked-headed bird in Southeast Asia.


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Pink-headed Warbler



Garnet-throated Hummingbird

Ocellated Turkey

Sulawesi Hanging Parrot



Yellow-winged Tanager


Gilded Flicker

White-breasted Waterhen

Polar Bears

Escudo Hummingbird






Oak Titmouse




Hoatzin

Walrus

White-tailed Kite

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