After working nearly a year on several campaigns last year I was elated, but worn out, after Election Day. And I thought, finally, I can get back to one of my favorite interests – birding. There is a certain appeal to the intellectual challenge, the excuse to be out in nature and the treasure hunt aspect that comes with birding.
So long story short, my husband and I decided to head south to Puerto Vallarta and chase a few birds. While digging around the internet I ran across a company I’ve used before in PV – Birding in Mexico. We signed up for two trips, the 2-day San Blas trip and the half-day trip to the Marietas Islands. So, let’s head south!
San Blas, in the state of Nayarit is located two hours north of Puerto Vallarta. Our guide and owner of the company Birding in Mexico, Alejandro Martinez, picked us up from our B&B in Puerto Vallarta and we headed north and west on our trip to San Blas. Our drive took us through tropical forests and shaded coffee plantations until we go to our first birding spot. It’s a community owned cooperative called Comisaridado Ejidal de Tecuitata. For a $50 peso donation (approximately $4.13 USD) you can enter this cooperative.
This area was rich with birds including black throated gray warblers, golden cheeked woodpecker, indigo bunting, tropical parula, golden vireo and orange-fronted parrot. Oh, and this gorgeous citreoline trogon to the left.
Later that day we arrived in San Blas. After a rest at our hotel we headed out to the tropical mangroves. Our small group hopped into a boat led by the famous Chencho. This tour, which went into early evening, was truly special. Below are just some of the birds we saw:
I can go on and on about the richness of San Blas, but now it’s time to head back south to our next adventure.
These federally protected volcanic islands just off of Punta Mita (in the northern tip of the bay that Puerto Vallarta is in) are a mere 30-minute boat ride away. Because there are no settlements allowed on these islands, the bird populations have taken over. Here are a few of the residents:
Some links to places we stayed and other helpful tips
Where to Go Birding in San Blas – great suggestions for birding on your own in the San Blas Area
Casa Virgilios – This is the place we stayed in Puerto Vallarta. It received one my best reviews I’ve ever written on TripAdvisor. A peaceful oasis, close to the beach and reasonably priced.
Hotel Garza Canela – The hotel we stayed in San Blas. Let me leave you with the view from our room: