Xaman Ha Aviary, Playa del Carmen

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  • Happened upon this park on a bike ride through Playacar. The cost was $300 peso per person and it was well worth it. The birds seemed happy enough although I did wonder why they didn’t fly about, so i...  more »
  • We came here in 2011 & it had a real WOW factor. Seeing as it was most memorable we thought we’d return, & were quite shocked by the place that this has become. There’s hardly any birds there compared...  more »
  • We've been in this Aviary to 5 years ago and now is terrible! The animals are in terrible conditions, filthy water, and care not including spaces with trash. Half of the land must have been sold and is being built a building and the animals are in a panic with the noise ... Finally! Terrible and highway robbery to pay to see this disgrace 15 euros (300 Mexican pesos).
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  • No staff regulation or instructions. 300 pesos cada persona to see birds. Situated right next to construction which disturbs the birds natural habitat. It is very noisy. It was nice to see a variety of wildlife: flamingos, pelicans, parrots, and other types that I don't know what they're called. I would not return and think the trip is not worth the money spent. Should there have been a tour or information of an sort to accompany the aviary then perhaps I'd return but otherwise avoid this stop.
  • Very bad care for the birds , dirty, no maintenance , no parking, smal,l no good balance between price and espectatives , no signs, no information , maybe for free donation , for improvements exclusively
  • A weird, almost otherworldly experience. Partly zoo, partly aviary, partly down-on-its-heel attraction.($20 or $300pesos) I went to Xaman-Ha after striking out in a variety of locales looking for birds. The Concierge at the hotel suggested it, though I had to explain 'cheating' when bird-watching. $300pesos cab ride to Aviario inside the Playacar. I was the only person there on a Friday afternoon in January. A local father and his two kids were leaving as I came in. After that I was alone in the 4 acre? park. There are almost no signs to inform you of what species you're finding and almost no signage as to pathways. It is NOT handicap-accessable! The lack of tourist allowed me to get rather close to the birds & agouti that are scattered around the park. It's quiet with only a bit of traffic hum. If I hadn't spent as much time taking multiple shots as I did, this would be a 15 minute stop. Walking near the egrets I felt as if they were chained in place. As I approached them, they did fly off a few feet. So not tethered, and probably not clipped wings. The Macaws were clipped and never moved much on their posts. Clipping was hard to see on any of the species I did see. Flamingos, Whistling Ducks, Muscovy Ducks, Motmot, Great Kiskadee... Per the wood-storks or spoonbills, I didn't see any. They may show up for feedings in the morning is my only guess. The Aviary IS in the Playacar (gated community) on the south end of Playa del Carmen. It wasn't too long a day to do the Aviary, then walk through Playa and catch a taxi back to the hotel from the official taxi stand on 5th & Constitution st. $300pesos return. (what IS it with $300pesos???)
  • The Aviario is near the Playacar II entrance gate, only about 200 yards / metres down Paseo Xamen Ha, on the right side of the road. The natural environment of the aviary was impressive and we saw a lot of cool birds like flamingos, roseate spoonbills, and wood storks. It's a fairly big place, although not wheelchair-accessible (lots of stairs everywhere). We were expecting an entrance fee of 300 pesos each (about 17 US dollars) which may seem a little steep, but we felt it was worthwhile for the opportunity to see the unusual birds. From what I understand, most birds will be seen in the morning and late afternoon since that's when they come in to feed. The birds are all free to fly away, although they like visiting the space because the Aviary staff put out fruit and other food for them. (I believe the hours are 9 am - 5 pm daily.) Here are some driving directions that worked for us: The Aviary (Aviario) is in Playacar II. The gate for Playacar II is at the end of 10 Avenida Sur, although it's a one-way street if you try to turn onto it from Avenida Benito Juarez. So we went down 15 Avenida Sur, turned left at the dead end and got onto 10 Avenida Sur which is a 2-way street at that point. When you speak with the gate guards, let them know you are going to the Aviario, either by saying that or showing them a piece of paper where you've written Xaman-ha Aviario. When we said Aviario and showed them our camera for taking bird photos, the guard let us in. After going through the Playacar II entrance gate (walkers enter on the right) go about 200 yards straight down the road (called Paseo Xamen Ha) and you'll see the sign "Aviario" on the right side of the road.
  • A little overpriced, but kid are free. See birds, iguanas, and other wildlife.

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