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Enjoying local birds and foods while floating down the Xochimilco canals
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Observing Monarch butterflies at Piedra Herrada
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Birding in Chapultepec Park
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Spotting Red Warblers in fir and pine forests
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Searching for desert birds in Sierra de Guadalupe State Park

Mexico City with The Urban Birder

Feb 16-23, 2025

8 days | Mexico | Quest Nature Tours

PLUS MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
 
One of the world’s great cities, Mexico City is a draw for travellers who can enjoy monuments and lively public places steeped in centuries of history and culture. The city is also a wonderful birding destination, as it holds, both within the urban area and around its fringes, parks and reserves that collectively span several distinct habitats. These include oak and pine forests, cacti-filled deserts, and wetlands. Nearby to the west is one of the prime wintering sites of Monarch butterflies that have made the harrowing journey southward from Canada and the United States. Potentially millions of Monarchs cling to trees at the Piedra Herrada reserve, weighing down branches and placing visitors among a spell-binding flourish of orange and black. This region is one of the best places to see the jaw-dropping Mexico endemic Red Warbler as well as a multitude of colourful highland birds.

Within Mexico City itself, wander along a colonial avenue leading to an opulent castle in Chapultepec Park, one of the largest urban green spaces in the world. Sit back and enjoy local food at Xochimilco while drifting along on a peaceful boat ride among the famous canals. Wading birds like White-faced Ibises and Snowy Egrets feed at close range, while Belted Kingfishers dive into the calm waters and Green Jays work scrubby edges. Desert flora and oak forest abound in Sierra de Guadalupe State Park in the northern part of Mexico City. In this dry protected area, scan the vast open stretches for roadrunners and songbirds. End each day’s intriguing exploration with meals featuring such gastronomical delights as pan dulce, tostadas, tacos, and enchiladas.

Join us to explore Mexico City through a birding lens and prepare yourself to be surprised by just how much avian life this remarkable city has to offer.
 
We are offering a post-trip day-tour to the legendary archaeological site of Teotihuacan.
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Tour Cost (per person):
US$5695 includes all taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on tour start and end dates; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; park and museum entrance fees; meals as specified in the itinerary; porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; all taxes; services of your Tour Leader David Lindo; services of local Mexican guide and driver.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive to Mexico City
2Chapultepec Park: Castle and botanical gardens
3UNAM Botanical Gardens / Xochimilco canals
4Travel to Valle de Bravo / Butterflies and birds at Piedra Herrada
5Birding on hotel grounds / Valle de Bravo-area hotspots
6Monte Alto Reserve / Free afternoon in Mexico City
7Sierra de Guadalupe State Park / Farewell Dinner
8Depart Mexico City
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Your Tour Leader

David Lindo, also known as "The Urban Birder" is a broadcaster, writer, naturalist, photographer, public speaker, and tour leader. Through TV appearances, writing, talks, and travel, he inspires people to re-look at their urban environments and believes wildlife in urban areas is so easy to engage with; All we have to do is open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds and soon we will be linked into the nature around us.

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Or call 1-800-387-1483 with any questions or to reserve your spot!

Quest Nature Tours Birding
Tour Cost (per person):
US$5695 includes all taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on tour start and end dates; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; park and museum entrance fees; meals as specified in the itinerary; porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; all taxes; services of your Tour Leader David Lindo; services of local Mexican guide and driver.

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