A visit to El Nido, the largest bird refuge in all of Latin America

Visit El Nido, the largest bird sanctuary in Latin America that will surprise you with the most beautiful, rapacious, and enigmatic birds of Mexico and with which you can spend time with your family.

A visit to El Nido, the largest bird refuge in all of Latin America
Eagles are in danger of extinction, due to hunting or the disappearance of their ecosystem. Credit: El Nido

Birds are incredible animals because they dazzle with their impressive flights and colors. Multiple species help to balance the ecosystem. Many of them, like the quetzal, eagles, owls, and flamingos, are in danger of going extinct because they are being hunted or because their ecosystems are disappearing.

To help care for them and learn more about them, you can visit El Nido, the largest aviary in Latin America, home to some 200 species of birds, many of them in danger of extinction.

If you like the world of birds and want to know the most iconic species of Mexico, you have to visit a sanctuary where you can spend a relaxing and pleasant time, either with your family or friends. Below you will find everything you need to know about the Nido Aviario, located in the State of Mexico.

Get to know El Nido Aviary

This sanctuary has been dedicated to the care and preservation of birds such as the quetzal for more than 50 years. But not only will you be able to see this type of species, but also species such as the jaguar.

The largest aviary in Latin America has an area of 7 hectares that recreates a jungle micro-ecosystem within the Metropolitan Zone. It has green areas and many activities just 20 minutes from Mexico City.

The founder of El Nido is Jesus Estudillo Lopez, a zootechnician who graduated from UNAM and made multiple contributions to Mexican ornithology. He even developed vaccines against the main infectious diseases of birds, and, in this enclosure, he has achieved the reproduction of numerous species in danger of extinction.

What activities can you find in El Nido Aviary?

Through trails surrounded by vegetation, you can take a guided tour of discovery. The guide will explain the origin and conservation of each species. This tour will take approximately 3 hours. You can also feed the nymphs and agaponis.

Among the birds, you can find there are several eagles of the Yuma species, as well as flamingos, owls, owls, guineafowl, birds of prey, and the star of the place: the quetzal. You can also see jaguars and other animals while enjoying the landscapes of El Nido.

How much does it cost to visit the Nido Aviary?

Entrance to the sanctuary costs 270 pesos per person. The ticket for children between 90 and 120 centimeters is 200 pesos. Children under 90 centimeters are free.

There is a discount for teachers, residents of the area, and senior citizens with valid INAPAM cards; for them, the entrance fee is 200 pesos.

If you want to attend El Nido, you must also take into account some extra expenses, such as parking, which costs 20 pesos, and if you want a pass to bring your camera or video camera, you will have to pay 200 pesos more. Please note that this does not apply in the case of cell phones.

Where is the Nido Aviary located?

Avenida Acozac without a number, on the corner of Progreso, in Ixtapaluca, State of Mexico. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can make a reservation by calling (56) 2160 0230 or buying your tickets at the box office.

If you want to know more about special events, such as their workshops, don't forget to contact them through their social networks. On Facebook, you can find them as El Nido Aviary. Their official website is elnido.mx.