BIRDS by BIJS International Bird Watching tours are geared for all levels of bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Our trips are intentionally crafted to provide high-quality experiences, at a digestible pace. We assemble the most expert local guides who will lead us to sought-after, premier birding locations.
The goal of our trips is of course to see as many birds as possible, but we do this without sacrificing the pleasures of travel. Our itineraries have been developed to ensure folks have appropriate amounts of down-time, and we move at a pace suited for all energy levels.
We strive to cultivate a holistic experience by integrating thoughtful discussions about; the surrounding ecology, sustainable land use, cultural practices, and local food. As we move though our trip, we will have the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the plants, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians that we encounter during our time together.
With over 10 years as a professional outdoor guide, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz is a master of client care and is committed to providing an excellent educational, thoroughly engaging, seamless group experience.
All trips are led by owner and lead guide Benny Jacobs-Schwartz. Benny has spent the last ten years traveling the world mastering his Spanish, guiding, and group facilitation skills. Before launching trips, Jacobs-Schwartz spends time in-country, methodically researching and exploring areas of interest and establishing relationships with guides, drivers, and our accommodations.
All trips are complimented by highly trained bird and naturalist guides, who specialize in birds and photography. Our local guides are experts in their field, and have an incredible knowledge of their region including birds and a wide variety of other subjects pertaining to conservation and the natural world.
Our guides are of course extremely knowledgeable, but are not here to show off our skills. Instead, we are here to answer questions, spark curiosity, and share our love of birds and wildlife with our amazing clients.
We employ local guides to provide expert instruction and the most up-to date regional information. In addition, our trips are capped at eight participants. This is done to ensure an intimate and manageable wildlife viewing experience for everybody.
Living the dream? You betcha! Our guides love what they do and it shows. When someone loves what they do, it’s obvious. That’s why we choose the best of the best to work with.
Our guides take joy in sharing their favorite birds, hotspots and local secrets with you. They are here to provide the best experience possible and make sure you’re getting the most out your trip.
We can’t wait to share our passion and love of birds, wildlife and photography with you.
When not leading trips for BIRDS by BIJS our guides are actively involved in local biology, conservation, photography and expanding their knowledge of the natural world.
Glad you asked! All of our trips are capped at eight participants. We maintain small group sizes to ensure high-quality wildlife viewing experiences for everyone.
Many of the forested sites we visit contain shy or reclusive species, thus with smaller groups, our chances of getting good views is significantly improved.
All of our itineraries are carefully crafted to include the best bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. Of course we visit some of the more popular ecotourism hotspots, but we also incorporate smaller, less travelled destinations based on seasonal bird movements and updated information based on the most recent reports.
We at BIRDS by BIJS are often updating our itineraries to provide access to the most up-to-date hotspots, including newly developed destinations that are locally owned and operated. We also welcome participant feedback in order to ensure we are meeting your needs and constantly improving the experience for our clients.
Our goal is to provide reasonably priced trips without compromising quality or wildlife viewing opportunities. When it comes to quality, we don’t skip a beat. However we generally prefer to avoid 5-star accommodations especially when we have more reasonably priced options that provide clean, comfortable, and friendly service all the while supporting the local economy.
We of course appreciate good food and great meals, be assured that you will have the opportunity to enjoy local cuisine, prepared by trained local chefs.
Based on our daily schedule, we may travel with packed lunches to ensure we get the most time with the birds and wildlife, because, that is what we came for…right?
Want to put together your own custom tour with some friends or family? Feel free to reach out and we can help you arrange something to fit your group’s needs. Often times these trips can cost less than our normally scheduled tours. We have a large network of international guides, whose expertise will ensure you have an amazing trip!