Xaman Ha Aviary

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Karen K
Richmond, TX84 contributions
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As with any review, it all depends on the time and space and your attitude at the moment. I was excited to walk there and see the local sights in playa Del Carmen. It was scorching hot and the $15 spent to see the birds was well worth it. It’s completely shaded. We saw parrots, flamingos and birds of all kinds. We simply sat on a bench and took in the sights. Acoutis and iguanas and all kinds of things. I thoroughly enjoyed. I think they could use more money and spruce up the place but who couldn’t use more money?
Written April 18, 2022
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Rosie957
Colchester17 contributions
Couples
We walked past the place from our hotel to Playa del Carmen so were intrigued. The price $300pesos is steep but you need to regard it as a donation. There is only one netted off area and in the rest of the reserve feeding keeps the birds there. Lots of pairs of different types of parrots and macaws. We were there for feeding for the herons and storks which was quite amazing. Sit on one of the benches and watch for a while. The flamingoes were fabulously bright. Pelicans and ducks too.
A few identification signs would help or a laminated returnable guide. The man at the gate shows you one collage but no names and his English wasn’t good.
Written February 9, 2020
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Oshin H
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Don't waste your money. $15.00 entry per adult. It took us less than 30 minutes to see all the birds. The entire place smells of bird droppings (you'll feel sick, especially if you're sensitive to smells).
Written July 30, 2021
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CoralReef
Washington2,449 contributions
Xaman Ha Aviary is a nice little aviary, about a 10 minute walk along winding trails. There are all kinds of birds (toucans, flamingos, etc.). They are not at all shy, so you can get some great photos of yourself with the birds. We enjoyed the aviary, but it was only about 30 minutes' worth of entertainment for $8 per person.
Written March 16, 2005
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hoosierhoney
Fort Wayne, IN23 contributions
We visited the Aviario Xaman-Ha when it first opened and at that time, they charged a $5 per person admission. At that price, it was well worth visiting, as it is a fly-through aviary. There are a few small species in large cages, but for the most part, the birds come and go as they do in migration, etc. There are also the small animals indigenous to the area. The location and habitats are nice. However, last year when we were there, the admission has gone up to $15 per person and that is way overpriced for this small fly-through aviary.
Written March 28, 2006
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poppypower
yorkshire45 contributions
Couples
we are staying at the Riu Tequila and decided to walk to the aviary. £30 (600pesos) to get in was extortionate the birds and animals are lovely the facilities are very poor, it had only been open 30 minutes but the toilets were disgusting And blocked there seating areas are all broken and no where to get a cold drink.....would not recommend wasting money!
Written March 27, 2015
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cascobay_10
Glen, NH173 contributions
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A visit to Xaman Ha has become an annual event during our Playa Vacations. This was our third visit. This small gem located in the middle of everything continues to surprise and delight. It is a small area and can be toured in 60 to 90 minutes, or you can forget about time while observing and enjoying.
There have been a lot of complaints about price in other reviews. ($30 per person in May of 2014) In the Playa del Carmen area - you don't have to look very hard to find animals being exploited. On 5th Avenue, you can get your picture taken with a baby lion, a small tiger, a monkey and other wildlife. If you sit on the beach - sooner or later someone will offer to provide and take your picture with a parrot, toucan or monkey. Xaman Ha is a clean, safe and natural environment for the birds and the folks who run it provide the opportunity for people to observe the birds in a natural environment. As a novice bird watcher - I could spend a week in the jungle and not see nor observe a fraction of what is available in Xaman Ha. It is apparent to me that the management uses price as a tool to keep this from becoming an overused and under appreciated experience. Anyone that truly enjoys viewing wildlife will remember that amazing native fauna and quickly forget about price.
Written May 28, 2014
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OlivaDee
46 contributions
Couples
We went in here and it broke my heart, the bird food was at least 3 days old & covered in fruit flies. There was 4 species of bird in the entire place, 30 birds in the whole place total. The macaws were ragged and had their wings clipped, obviously hungry, very skinny & no way to leave. The flamingos were in a tiny puddle of brown and the water in the badly maintained pools was rancid and stinking of months of neglect. All the 6 green parrots had their wings clipped and they all looked in bad condition. I keep birds, they're cheap to feed & easy to keep in good condition. All the paths were over grown and so were some of the habitats that have never been maintained. All the benches & signs had rotted away but there was nothing to see so I guess it didn't matter. I got my $300 pesos entry fee back. I don't mind paying a lot for well maintained sanctuaries, I won't fund animal cruelty.
Written September 11, 2015
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Esmel
Reading, UK869 contributions
Couples
I first visited Xaman Ha the last time I visited PDC in 2008 when it had plenty of birds and was a reasonable place to visit for an hour or so.

My husband and I returned earlier this morning and oh my, it has gone downhill. Where have all the birds gone? There was some macaws and amazon green parrots and a few native birds but that was it. The price to get in does not justify the limited amount of birds there are. We stayed for 1 hour but only because my husband insisted that we were not going to pay a large amount to be in and out in 20 minutes.

It's a shame as I really enjoyed Xaman Ha when I visited several years ago. When we return to PDC I won't be a repeat visitor to his attraction.
Written March 27, 2015
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species
UK91 contributions
Couples
Not much to say really, I was very disappointed with this avairy. I spent three hours patiently watching and searching and in the end came to the conclusion that I had seen more birds in the grounds of my hotel. I would like to believe that this is run by a foundation that dedicates itself to helping birds, as at least I would then feel that my money had gone to a good cause. If not then it's a tourist trap. As others have commented it is very expensive for what you get, so I would give this a miss. If you do want to see birds a combination of a trip to Rio lagartos and xcaret would be a good start. If you can afford it Holbox island is another great place to go.
Written April 8, 2014
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