Sayulita Bird Watching Tours

Western Mexico

My name is Vidal Prado, I am originally from the town of La Palma, municipality of San Blas, Nayarit. Since I was little I became interested in nature, so at an early age I volunteered at the wildlife conservation center “kiekari” (formerly a crocodile center). Where I had the opportunity to meet and interact with the flora and fauna of the area.

It was in this place where I met a guide, who began to teach me about birds and with the passage of time I received a pair of binoculars and a book in which I found a wealth of information regarding birds, a special bird known as Elegant Trogon caught my attention, who with the beautiful colors of his plumage captivated my attention. The existance of birds like this is what got me interested in the study of species of birds, this at the age of 12 years.

Currently I personally make plumage identification, nesting in addition to organizing excursions in the state of Nayarit and part of Jalisco for bird watching, where I share my passion for Nature and the Birds!


Beautiful sights and a very special birding experience. Vidal is the best guide we’ve ever had. He’s extremely knowledgeable and a great communicator. Highly recommend.

Rebecca Bean

Vidal is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about birding! He went out of his way to insure that we had a full experience and spotted many, many birds (52). Then he invited us to join him as his guest the next day to visit a different location and 48 more birds!

Jean Shanley

Great morning birding near Sayulita with Vidal. He picked us up at our hotel- first stop not too far to Gringo Hill which is a very birdie area. Then drive to Patzcuaro which is a very easy walking trail. He called for and found a female Elegant Trogan flying to a puddle on the road to drink- one of our target birds which made us very happy! Vidal is a very personable and knowlegable guide. We ended our tour at his favourite restaurant in Sayulita "Mary's" where he bought us lunch. So delicious we went back the next day. We will recommend him to anyone we know looking for a guide in this area.

Marilyn Irene Olson

Vidal is an extremely knowledgeable birder, and is local to Nayarit. If you don't speak Spanish very well (as I don't), he is excellent at explaining the scenes and birds. My hearing is probably not the best but I had NOT problems understanding everything he was telling me and showing me. He has a website with photos and names of the birds so it's not all "in one ear and out the other". I had a fabulous time and look forward to hearing of his work in educating the world about the birds and habitat in Nayarit. I saw between 30 and 35 different, and completely new to me, birds. He even provided me with the binoculars and we had a tasty breakfast after a morning of hiking and looking. Great outing!

Tom Laube

Birding with Vidal was excellent. He finds the birds by sound first, a mark of an experienced birder, then he puts his clients on the birds immediately. Without even asking he adjusted our bird viewing for the proper lighting conditions when he saw that I had a camera with a long zoom lens. I came home with a lot of good 'keeper" photos. I will definitely come back and use Vidal for another local trip and hopefully a San Blas trip. We found lot of birds and had fun doing it. His knowledge of the area and his access to private ranch lands made the day a huge success.

Marilyn Irene Olson

I have been a birder for almost two years and I had never been on a guided tour before. I truly didn't know what to expect. After my tour with Vidal my future expectations are now very high! We had so much fun and we saw over 40 species in about 4 hours. He is extremely knowledgeable and is really good at describing where a certain bird is located so that us less-experienced birders are able to see it. I would definitely recommend him for anyone looking for a great adventure! I also feel like I made a new friend. Thanks Vidal!

Tom Laube