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
This was a wonderful trip from start to finish. The crew were knowledgeable, supportive, friendly, efficient, cheerful and funny. Wonderful encounters with grey whales, amazing sightings of sea creatures and other whales. A lovely atmosphere on the trip.
Boat - immaculately clean and kept that way throughout... friendly and helpful crew who went out of their way to make the holiday memorable... food beyond all expectations. How Dan produced such food in such quantities from such a small galley, borders on the miraculous... The lengths Mike and the crew went to find whales and the skill Mike used to get us close to them when found deserves the highest praise and thanks. Itinerary - brilliant. Whales - beyond our expectations. A privilege to be able to touch Grey Whales and swim with Sea Lions, to name but two of the highlights. Scott - excellent, extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
Highlights included: Seeing a blue whale, the largest living animal on our planet, for the very first time and at such close range. Seeing six other whale species as well, including one dead sperm whale. Enjoying an incredible display by 250 or more dolphins one afternoon. Gazing in wonder at a whale shark coming within arm's length of our skiff with its enormous mouth wide open as it fed. Having glorious sightings of a black-footed albatross, a red-billed tropic bird, scores of storm petrels and terns, as well as nesting ospreys, egrets and herons, orioles and frigatebirds. Neither will I forget the spectacular sunrises and sunsets, nor the Milky Way that night when all the boat's lights were switched off. Magic!