A short bus ride from the pier brings you to the water’s edge. From there, immerse yourself in the magic of Chiapas’ natural environment as you head off the beaten track in a six-person boat to explore natural mangrove streams and lagoons populated by wildlife and birds. Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views that surround you as your guide navigates the boat through the waterway. Experience nature in all her glory as wildlife, and especially the region’s diverse array of birds, appear along the way. Your guide will share information about the area’s eco-system and point out various species of flora and fauna. You may see pelicans, herons, ospreys, cormorants, hummingbirds, egrets, spoonbills, storks and turtles. This nature reserve also provides a livelihood to the local fishermen who use the same tried and true methods of catching shrimp and crab that their fathers did before them. You might have the opportunity to watch them at work as you float toward the sea and the end of your exotic journey.Notes:Minimum age is 6 years. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. This tour takes place in a completely natural environment and bird sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Participants must negotiate 10 steps to get in and out of the boat.
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Customer Reviews for Mangrove Boat Ride & Bird Watching
Review 1 for Mangrove Boat Ride & Bird Watching
Not as described
Date:April 27, 2013
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
This tour did not match the description in actual fact. It is advertised at 3 hours but we were back in our suite in 2 hrs and 15 minutes! Not great value for the money IMHO just because of that.
The guides were fine and knowledgable,and we did see many birds, but it was cut very short for some reason.
A relaxing trip on a sunny day. The guide was very knowlegeable about the vegetation and birds. The mangrove was tick and beautiful. As always when looking for birds in a wooded area, it is hard to see them. We did see several. The boat ride it self was worth the money.
We have a short bus trip to the Pozeulas Mangrove Forest where we board a shallow draft 10 person boat. Our guide tells us due to the volcanic soil, the area is very fertile and grows a lot of Mangroves, Banana's, Cacao, Coconuts and Papaya. As we start our journey through the relatively dark and very smelly (estuary like) entrance to the Mangrove forest we see the Red Mangrove (many roots) and White Mangrove (striped bark). The guide does not tell us what the third type is. Along the bank, many little land crabs make their homes in the roots and branches. on the return trip we see a mass migration of about 100 of them marching up a short area of mud towards the roots. We also see massive termite nests in the trees.
We leave the darker area and enter the swampy? waterways. Birds seen include many variety of Kingfisher, the Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Green Heron, Blue Heron, and a flock of Black Vultures. Our guide Cornelio, who had driven 9 hours down from Huatulco to give this tour, also spotted a Patoo, his 653rd different bird. He was very excited as he had been seeking this bird for 6 years of being a guide. The Patoo sits very still on the side of a tree and looks like a piece of short branch. I suspect he gained some respect for spotting the bird as even his boss, the tour operator, had never spotted one. In addition to birds we see the Mullett fish, which makes occasional double jumps out of the water and the Quatro Ocho - four eyed - jumping fish that skips across the water to get away. This fish has two eyes on the bottom and 2 on top and 'skips' across the water on its fins. A short trip back and we return to the ship.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 4 for Mangrove Boat Ride & Bird Watching
Mangrove Boat Trip
Date:November 16, 2011
Location:San Diego, CA
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:October
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
I took the Mangrove Boat Trip with bird watching on a recent Panama Canal trip. I was disappointed with this excursion. It wasn't anything as I had imagined from reading the information about it online. I felt it was overpriced for what I received. I did see birds - several different varieties - but there wasn't much in the way of explanation about the birds or their habitat. The boats are OLD and on my excursion, we had to tow one of the other boats for a distance since it had developed motor trouble.
We enjoyed the ride and although it was sunny and 90 degrees, the heat did not seem too bad. It had rained the day before so water levels were up and we were able to view several species of crabs, lots of birds and interesting fish.
We had hoped to enjoy a slow boat ride through the mangroves. However, the water levels were quite low and we were regularly stuck in mud/shallow water and had to be pushed out. Things loosened up in the lagoon areas where most of the wildlife is visible.
Temperatures were in the mid-80's, which is not a big deal, except that the combination of bright sun and no breeze made for a long, steamy tour. If you are ultra-sensitive to heat, this tour is not for you. This tour during the summer months would be unbearable!
We saw a handful of birds, mostly repetitively, and a couple interesting fish. We had hoped to see more exotic species than what was there. What we did see were not too different than what can be seen in the U.S.
Our tour guide on the boat was extremely knowledgable and courteous. Each small boat holds 6 passengers and bottled water is provided.