Birding & Botany in the Eastern Valley

Oaxaca de Juárez, MexicoPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Mary Jane

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Late afternoon bird watching is rich is this area. Depending on sunset, you´ll be picked at the office in the historic center Oaxaca city between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. by a trusted taxi driver for a 30-minute trip east to Rancho Pitaya.
Mary Jane will meet you with a checklist of local birds and binoculars for the experience. On the observation porch as you begin spotting the birds that frequent the water tubs and hummingbird feeders. Learn about the native plants on the ranch.
Delight in resident species: Blue Grosbeak, Beryline and Dusky Hummingbirds, Vermillion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, and the elegant Bridled Sparrow are just a few. In fall and winter, add Painted Bunting and Ruby-throated Hummingbird to the colorful line-up of winter visitors.
Meander the small horse ranch while Mary Jane points out more species, including the woodpeckers nesting in old-growth cacti. Enjoy refreshments, and snacks on the shady terrace before setting off for the second part of the bird watching experience.
Take a short drive west to wild communal lands, traditional farmlands and the Rio Salado. This diverse terrain offers a new lineup of birds like: Crested Cara-Cara, Groove-billed Ani and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are just a few.
For the last part of the experience, visit the largest tree on the planet and the birds it attracts.
Return to the city approx. 4 hours after pick-up.
Other things to note
Transportation will only wait 10 minutes so be sure to be on time.
Late afternoon bird watching is rich is this area. Depending on sunset, you´ll be picked at the office in the historic center Oaxaca city between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. by a trusted taxi driver for a 30-minute trip east to Rancho Pitaya.
Mary Jane will meet you with a checklist of local birds and binoculars for the experience. On the observation porch as you begin spotting the birds that frequent the water tubs and hummingbird feeders. Learn…
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What's included

  • Food
    Water is available throughout the experience. Beverages and snacks offered...
  • Transportation
    Pick-up and return drop-off from the office in the historic centre. This...
  • Equipment
    High quality binoculars are available for the experience as well as a take-...

Meet your Host, Mary Jane

Host on Airbnb since 2011
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I have spent the past twenty years exploring the great valley of Oaxaca leading horse riding tours in its fascinating nature abundant in agaves, cacti and sustainable farmlands. A deep interest in Oaxaca’s native plants naturally lead me to want to know more about the birds that live in this habitat. My expertise is focused on the birds found locally.
Five years ago I began seriously studying birds, their habitat and their behavior. This interest has lead me to complete the course “Think Like a Bird: Understanding Bird Behavior”, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In 2018, I spent a week learning more about the birds of Mexico with Steve Howell author of “The Birds of Mexico and Central America”.
Whether you are a novice at bird watching or just new to the birds of Oaxaca, I give precise information to spot then identify the species.
I have spent the past twenty years exploring the great valley of Oaxaca leading horse riding tours in its fascinating nature abundant in agaves, cacti and sustainable farmlands. A deep interest in Oaxaca’s native plants naturally lead me to want to know more about the birds that live in this habitat. My expertise is focused on the birds found locally.
Five years ago I began seriously studying birds, their habitat and their behavior. This interest has lead me to complete the course “Think Li…
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Where you'll be

1st: Birding watching from the covered veranda of the guide's own ranch. Sweeping vistas of the great Valle de Tlacolula.
2nd: Slowly driving with stops to get out and observe birds in the protected communal lands and farm lands and the Rio Salado.
3rd: Santa Maria El Tule and the largest tree on the planet

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 18 reviews.

Margaret
December 2021
It was like meeting an old friend. Mary Jane is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic birder. I'll be seeking her out next time I'm in Oaxaca for sure!
Patrick
November 2021
Really great time bird watching around Oaxaca! We found so many raptors hunting and many other cool birds chillin. Mary Jane was so informative and nice. Highly recommend for a day activity in nature and learn about all the local birds and flora!
Jack
April 2021
Mary Jane is very knowledgeable about the various bird species and their habits. we started with birdwatching at her ranch where she has many bird feeders, and then walked around the adjacent trails and fields. very enjoyable.
Kirk
March 2021
Mary Jane is an ardent bird enthusiast. Feeders near her porch attract dozens of birds of many varieties—woodpeckers, orioles, warblers, sparrows and finches, hummers, grosbeak, towee, thrasher. On our outing to near countryside, we spotted more varieties. Nearly 30 total. Very rewarding. She provided binoculars and running commentary that was expert and personable, each bird having its own personality. She’s been doing this for 2 decades, but maintains a passion and delight that is contagious. Lighting in the late afternoon was excellent. Mary Jane was very hospitable and helpful spotting birds hidden on distant branches. Loved the experience!
Jenn
November 2020
I enjoyed the birding experience. My favorite part is the hummingbirds because they are so magical. We didnt see a ton of birds because the weather was incredibly windy but I enjoyed just being outdoors and walking in nature and learning about the plants as well. I would definitely recommend as a day outside the city!
Dale
February 2020
An amazing introduction to the variety and richness of the Oaxaca's valley surrounding the city in short afternoon that feels like entering a lovely time warp. Mary Jane is learned and kind, fun. Her skills of observation and depth of knowledge for her surroundings are immediately discernible, she is there for you, has a deep passion for the area, Mexico. Her ability to not only spot birds but with a few syllables direct you to them was amazing. We spotted 29 species, dozens in the same categories: vermillion flycatchers, kestrels, oh so many. We drove farm land roads. I learned about common village land off limits for farming and land designated for farming - ideal habitat for birds and a seemingly wonderful compromise to preserve land and allow for commercial growing. Her ranch is awesome, sitting in comfort on her verandas as the sun set over the mountains with that amazing evening light across the wide valley, hummingbirds at the feeders, bushes full of birds, a cold beer...highly recommend anything Mary Jane has to offer.

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 10 and up can attend, up to 4 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.