Wildlife holidays to Mexico
Tell me about Mexico …
Mexico is a fascinating and vibrant country, a colourful land steeped in history, myth and legend.
This was the home of the ancient Aztec, Toltec and Maya civilisations, whose great pyramids rival those of Egypt. It was also landfall for the first of the Spanish Conquistadors as they searched for the fabled Cities of Gold.
Today, Mexico is a modern and welcoming country, far removed from our stereotypic image of Hollywood Westerns full of cacti, tequila and banditos wearing oversize sombreros and moustaches! Indeed it is a beautiful country of many contrasts, from the hot cacti-filled deserts so favoured by moviemakers, to the lush tropical rainforests of the south.
Our Mexico specialist recommends...
"I recommend our ‘Baja California & Sea of Cortez’ whale watching holiday for its memorable, close-up encounters with Grey Whales as well as a huge variety of other cetaceans."
Whats special about its wildlife?
Baja California has long been described as the Galapagos of Mexico. From the Pacific-pounded shores of its western coastline round to the sheltered blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, this 1,285-kilometre peninsula (one of the worlds longest) is home to a diversity of wildlife that could easily rival Darwins more famous islands over 1,600 kilometres to the south.
Flocks of Magnificent Frigatebirds soar overhead, while lines of Brown Pelicans and Brants Cormorants file over the seas surface, and hundreds of sea lions rest on isolated rocky islands.
Inland, Crested Caracaras sit atop the huge Cardon Cacti which cover much of the desert interior and tiny hummingbirds sip nectar from a variety of colourful desert plants.
Naturetrek tours to Mexico
Naturetrek offers two wildlife holidays and natural history tours in Mexico:
- Whale watching & bird watching along the western coast of Mexicos Baja Peninsula & the Sea of Cortez
- Monarch butterflies in the central highlands & bird watching in the Sierra Madre cloudforests.
What wildlife might I see?
- San Ignacios friendly Grey Whales
- Blue, Humpback & Sperm Whales, plus an array of dolphin species
- Red-billed Tropicbirds, egrets, spoonbills & ibis
- Winter gatherings of Monarch butterflies – one of the world’s most amazing wildlife spectacles as up to 600 million butterflies take to the air
- The Aztec city of Teotihuacan
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Mexico HOLIDAYS
Excellent trip all round. Both Tim and Scott were great tour leaders at all times imparting excellent commentary backed up with sound knowledge of the flora and fauna. The Captain and crew of the Spirit of Adventure were faultless in their care and our needs. Congratulations and many thanks to all. Well done.
This trip was excellent value for money. We both had a holiday of a lifetime. The 'Searcher' team were brilliant. Art is a skillful Captain & wildlife watcher. His crew were all polite, helpful, knowledgeable, interesting and fun to be with. Lee, was knowledgeable & willling to help with camera & photography problems. It was very noticeable how he went out of his way to give everyone on the trip personal time & often helped with serving drinks and food to ensure the smooth running of mealtimes. We would definitely recommend this trip to our friends, and any trip that Lee was guiding.
The holiday was an amazing experience - we saw 9 species of whales and dolphins, 4 pinnipeds and nearly 100 species of bird we had not seen before - and we loved the peace and quiet of the islands we visited. Our guides Lee and Rob were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and added hugely to the experience.