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Tulum, Quitana Roo (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Tulum, Quitana Roo

Map of Tulum, Quitana Roo

Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus) Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) Male Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus) Juvenile Sanderling (Calidris alba) Basic Plumage Yellow-backed Oriole (Icterus chrysater)

Tulum is a popular destination for its white sand beaches and Mayan ruins. Unfortunately, any charm that this area once had is quickly being replaced by Package Resort Land. I tried to bird on the recently paved road south of town, but heavy traffic (mostly taxis cruising for business) made that impossible.


Mexico to Panama

1/16/2009: The trip to Tulum started off on an ominous note as it required catching a bus in Playa Del Carmen. It could be faulty memory, but I seem to remember a scenic road along the coast between Playa and Tulum. This road seems to have been moved inland to make room for more mega-resorts. Tulum itself is now within range of the resorts, and it was difficult or expensive to get to any worthwhile sites.

Previous Visit (Cozumel: 1/14/2009)
Next Visit (Lamanai Ruins River Trip: 1/18/2009)

Species Recorded (12)

Birds ( 11 )

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Neotropic Cormorant - Nannopterum brasilianum

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Sanderling - Calidris alba

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
White-tipped Dove - Leptotila verreauxi

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - Melanerpes aurifrons

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Great Kiskadee - Pitangus sulphuratus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Tree Swallow - Tachycineta bicolor

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Yucatan Jay - Cyanocorax yucatanicus

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Summer Tanager - Piranga rubra

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Yellow-backed Oriole - Icterus chrysater
Altamira Oriole - Icterus gularis


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