Chichen Itza is a great location to combine sight-seeing with birding. It is
one of the best known and most spectacular location for Mayan ruins. Plan on
staying the night somewhere near the ruins - some good hotels are listed below.
The ruins open at 8 a.m., so get an early start and beat the crowds.
The road leading to the ruins is great for
birding in the early morning. The sidewalks are broad enough to walk on and
the birding can be quite good. The surroundings of the hotels are also very good for birding. The grounds and area around Hacienda Chichen and Villa Arqueologica can be quite productive. Some birds that you might see are Turquoise-browed Motmot, Groove-billed Ani, Social Flycatcher, Black-headed Saltator, and Melodius Blackbird.
>> A PDF checklist of the
birds found at Chicken Itza.
- A Guide to Chichen Itza Archaeological
Park with good general information for tourists.
- Detailed descriptions and photographs of the archeological features of
- A nice layout map of the Archaeological Park.