Xaman Ha Aviary, Playa del Carmen

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  • Dirty and poorly maintained. Nowhere to sit, paths uneven and tricky to walk on. Birds don’t appear well looked after. Only took 20 minutes to walk around - a total waste of money for 300 pesos per pe...  more »
  • The park used to be bigger but someone decided to build new apartments right next to it so the park lost half its property... But.. still it is really nice. Entrance is 300 pesos. There is 1 route wit...  more »
  • I loved it, a beautiful and well preserved forest with natural cenotes, excellent setting for the wildlife that have
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  • This is a great place for seeing birds. 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 actually saw the spoonbills when looking into the park from the sidewalk next to the road. However, by going inside you will see a variety of birds. 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. (I believe the hours are 9 am - 5 pm daily.) The birds are free to leave, although they like visiting the space because the Aviary staff put out fruit and other food for them. 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.
  • 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
  • Very small zoo just few birds
  • 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???)
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