Tours & Destinations Mexico
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EL TRIUNFO, CHIAPAS, MEXICO
BIRDING & NATURAL HISTORY IN MEXICO'S GREAT WILDERNESS9 March 2015 - 18 March 2015, 10 days & 9 nights
Harboring about ten percent of Earth's biodiversity, Mexico is one of the most biologically rich countries in the world. During this birding and natural history adventure, we'll explore and learn about much of that richness as we travel through what is one of the last great wilderness areas in Mexico, the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve. Though somewhat rigorous, the tour to El Triunfo stands as one of the greatest natural history adventures that I (Mark) have personally ever experienced. The week that we'll spend hiking in and enjoying the cloud forests of southern Mexico will be highlighted by some of the best birding in the world, as well as by the warm hospitality of our Mexican hosts. Our tour begins in Tuxtla Gutierrez, where we'll spend a morning enjoying the tropical deciduous forest and great scenery of Sumidero Canyon. Here we'll look for dry forest specialists such as White-throated Magpie-Jay, Nutting's Flycatcher, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Streak-backed Oriole, Banded Wren, and the rare Belted Flycatcher. From Tuxtla we'll head south to the small town of Jaltenango, our take-off point for El Triunfo. We'll spend six unforgettable days birding, hiking, and enjoying the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve. Amidst the towering, epiphyte-laden trees, we'll have chances to see Resplendent Quetzal, Emerald Toucanet, Black-throated and Unicolored Jays, Mountain and Black Thrushes, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Yellow-throated and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finches, Spotted and Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrushes, Blue-throated Motmot, Highland Guan, Fulvous Owl, and the rare prize of the area, the Horned Guan. From the high elevation ridges, we'll descend for three days through pristine forests, stopping to camp at lovely spots where we'll likely find White-eared Ground-Sparrow, Long-tailed Manakin, Cabanis' Tanager, Rufous Sabrewing, Rufous-and-white Wren, White-winged Tanager, perhaps the rare Prevost's Ground-Sparrow, and many others. We'll conclude our adventure in Tapachula at a comfortable hotel with grounds that are home to Giant Wren, White-bellied Chachalaca, Orange-chinned Parakeet, and Pacific Screech-Owl. While this trip is highly exhilarating in terms of the natural wonders we'll experience, it is physically challenging with hikes of 4-7 miles and tent camping for three nights. The tour will be led by Mark Pretti and local expert Jorge Montejo. Group size is limited to eight participants. The tour fee is approximately $2900.