Mexican Specialties and Endemics ....
The tropical deciduous forest, also known as caducifolia, is one of the richest and most diverse habitats on earth. Paradoxically, they are also one of the most threatened. They cover about 60% of the wooded regions in Mexico, ranging throughout the pacific coast and most of the Yucatan peninsula.
The south side of the Banderas bay has many great examples of this kind of forest ranging from sea level to up to 400 to 600 meters where epiphytes such as bromeliads and orchids become more abundant. Many exotic bird species found in the neotropics are well represented here.
On this tour we will learn about the Natural History of this fascinating environment and the interaction of the species that inhabit the region.
Price for this tour: $75.00 USD
6-7 a.m. - Pickups and briefing for introduction of tour members and logistics.
7-7:30 a.m. - We will take scenic highway # 200 south along the coast to the Los Arcos de Mismaloya Bird Sanctuary.
7:30-8:00 a.m. - Next stop at the Mismaloya gorge to bird the ecotones and foothills.
8:00-10:30 a.m. - Breakfast in a great birding spot by the jungle. The we will birding at different sites ranging from sea level to 600 meters.
10:30-11:00 a.m. - Take the highway back through wooded canyons up to the Sierra Madres to bird the BotanicalGardens tropical bird sanctuary.
11:00-11:30 a.m. - Time to explore the gardens: Orchid nurseries, butterfly collections and other wonders. We recommend sampling their exquisite Virgin Mojitos made with organic hierbabuena.
11:30-12:00 p.m. - Drive to "El Nogalito" in a beautiful jungle setting to bird some more and review the day's checklist. Snacks and soft drinks provided. Guests are welcome to order from menu if they wish. (Not included).
At this site there are great opportunities for bird photographs since jungle birds are fed and approach to within a few feet. (Sometimes the elusive Green Jay makes an appearance here.)
1:30-2.00 p.m. - Drive back to P.V. and deliver guests to their hotels.
Listing only a few....
COMMON BLACK HAWK, GREY HAWK, BAT FALCON, WEST MEXICAN CHACHALACA, RED-BILLED PIGEON, LILAC-CROWNED PARROT, MILITARY MACAW, ORANGE-FRONTED PARAKEET, LONG-TAILED HERMIT, SQUIRREL CUCKOO and a number of seasonal TROPICAL HUMMERS. COLIMA PYGMY OWL, CITREOLINE and ELEGANT TROGONS, LINEATED and PALE-BILLED WOODPECKERS, IVORY-BILLED WODCREEPER, BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA. BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER, MASKED TITYRA, GREN JAYS, SINALOA and HAPPY WRENS. WHITE THROATED ROBIN, BLUE MOCKINGBIRD, GOLDEN VIREO, RED-CROWNED ANT TANAGER, SCRUB EUPHONIA, 100's OF SPECIES OF TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES,GRAYISH SALTATOR, BLUE and VARIED BUNINGS. RUSTY-CROWNED GROUND SPARROW, STRIPED-HEADED SPARROW, STREAK-BACK ORIOLE and YELLOW-WINGED CACIQUES among many others.
- All terrain shoes or tennis shoes
- light weight neutral color clothes (not bright)
- sun hat or cap
- insect repellent
- and camera
Restrooms are easily accessed early in the tour or after 11 am;
in between there is the forest.
Level of fitness:
Moderate, most walks do not have to be strenuous.
We tend to adjust to the level of each group.
- Certified and specialized bilingual Guide
- binoculars and spotting scope
- checklists and field guides
- continental breakfast
- throughout the tour energetic snacks, fruit, purified water and soft drinks are provided
- Ground transportation
- first aid kit