Teotitlan Del Valle which is a 45 minute drive east of Oaxaca de Juarez offers a selection of diverse habitats starting with the valley floor then leading to the foothills with a reservoir then up the mountain to 2500 meters in pine forest.
The day offers pickup and drop-off at your place of stay, transportation, catered lunch, fantastic views and of course lots of birds. We say that this is a combination of birding and sight-seeing in a relaxed pace.
In the morning we arrive in the Teotitlan lowlands and stroll along an open stream where we will have the opportunity of seeing Beryline and Dusky humming birds, Vermilion Flycatchers, Crested Caracaras and even Egrets. We end this section in an open field with man made waterholes that attract sandpipers and herons.
We are then driven through the village and up where we will be dropped off to stroll the rim of the village reservoir. Here we may see Green Kingfisher, sandpipers, Blue-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Great, Snowy and Cattle Egrets depending upon the season. By this time we are approaching noon and lunch. We walk through the bush that opens up onto a prepared lunch.
We are now in the hottest part of the day when most birds seek shade. So we drive up the mountain stopping from time to time to seek Mountain Trogan and other active birds. We stop in the village of Benito Juarez and check-in and register at the tourist office. An option that we recommend is to drive further up the mountain to a lookout point. Below, the whole eastern valley opens up and the city of Oaxaca is visible. Spectacular views.
In the village there are paths through the pines where we may see warblers, vireos, woodpeckers, Mexican Chickadee and the allusive Dwarf Jay.
It is now time to head back down to the valley and back to the city. What a great day!