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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."

Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager

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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

A wonderful trip, one of the best we've ever done. I don't see how it can be improved. The crew of Search couldn't be more helpful and cheerful, every one of them. The leaders knowledgable, enthusiastic and hard-working. I would recommend this holiday to anyone.
For me this was the best holiday I have ever had. So much to do and see. A real wow factor!!
Just a note to say how much we all enjoyed our recent Baja California holiday aboard the Spirit of Adventure. It really was a tremendous trip with each day bringing fresh delights, from the humbling experience of the personal contact with the grey whales in San Ignacio to the sheer exhilaration of swimming with the sea lions at Los Islotes. We are left with so many wonderful memories (as well as innumerable photos and videos …) it would be almost impossible to pick one thing as the highlight of the trip. We can’t commend enough Tim and Scott. Apart from their excellent company, their contribution to the trip through their sheer enthusiasm for what they were doing and fantastic knowledge was invaluable. When you add in the crew of the good ship Spirit of Adventure, whose attentiveness and unfailing good humour really were the icing on the cake, it all added up to a tremendous holiday which we would have had no hesitation in recommending to others. Only one word of complaint, diet sheets should be issued at the end of the trip to help get rid of the excess pounds we put on due to Dan and Dean’s great cooking! Our thanks to everyone involved in making this trip possible.