When planning your trip to Playa del Carmen, of course you’ll pack your bathing suit and sun screen, but you might want to pack your camera and binoculars as well. The Yucatan Peninsula is home to a large variety of birds and wildlife. Here are just a few of the exotic creatures that make their home in the Yucatan:
- Yucatan Parrot – Usually found in the lower levels of the jungle with a red eye patch and a yellow spot by its bill, you’ll know this green parrot when you see it.
- Keel-billed Toucan – This inspiration for the cereal box cartoon is the largest of the Mexican toucans. This bird has a black head and back, a yellow face and chest, and a rainbow colored bill. It likes very high branches at the edge of the jungle.
- Blue-Crowned Mot-Mot – This green, distinctive-looking bird can be 15 to 19 inches long, including its tail that has a double tassel! If this isn’t odd enough, it has red eyes and a black mask with blue edges. It likes the interior of the forest.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog – This adorable and much photographed amphibian is green with beautiful red eyes and yellow spots underneath. It likes low elevation forests and can be found in pools or clinging to trees.
West Indian Manatees – Growing up to 14-feet in length, these hairless, gray, aquatic mammals are actually fairly common near Playa del Carmen. Your best chance of seeing a manatee is in the lagoons of Sian Ka’an. You can speak to our concierge regarding recent manatee sightings.
Ready to see all the exotic wildlife the Playa del Carmen area has to offer? Contact Playa Palms today to book your vacation today!