Wildlife Wonders of Mexico - Birds, Butterflies & More

      Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

      Reefs to Rockies
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      57 reviews
      Jan 19 - 26, 2025
      Group size: 7 - 11
      Wildlife Wonders of Mexico - Birds, Butterflies & More
      Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

      Reefs to Rockies
      • Email address verified
      57 reviews

      Jan 19 - 26, 2025
      Group size: 7 - 11

      About this trip

      Every winter, montane cloud forests in central Mexico host millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies. This aggregation of monarchs in Mexico’s central highlands ranks as one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles on the planet. It’s a must see for nature lovers!

      The monarch sanctuaries aren’t the only highlights during our wildlife expedition to Mexico. In addition to two days at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve west of Mexico City, we’ll explore wildlife hotspots in Oaxaca, a coastal state that has the highest biological diversity in Mexico. Oaxaca is home to almost 800 species of birds with close to 100 of them endemics. The butterfly list in Oaxaca is even longer. In case the birds and butterflies aren’t enough, we’ll even explore some of Oaxaca’s beaches famous for nesting sea turtles.We’ve timed this trip to maximize our chances for incredible wildlife sightings throughout.

      Join Reefs to Rockies and Denver Audubon for this 8-day wildlife expedition highlighting Mexico’s natural and cultural wonders.

      About Your Expedition Leader

      Reefs to Rockies Co-Founder Sheridan Samano is thrilled to host this small group wildlife expedition to Mexico. If you’ve ever had the chance to hear Sheridan talk about Mexico, you’ve likely heard her refer to it as “the most underrated wildlife destination on the planet.”

      During this trip, her love for her father’s home country will be unmistakable as she takes you into the heart of the region’s best biodiversity hotspots. Local expert guides will join us throughout making this immersive wildlife experience unforgettable.

      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        Double occupancy. Standard Room at Circulo Condesa; Grand Luxury at Misión Grand; Deluxe at Casa Bocana.
      • Airport transfers
        On arrival and departure days
      • In-country transport
      • Expedition Leader
        Sheridan Samano, Co-founder of Reefs to Rockies
      • Local guides
        From community-based tourism projects
      • Actives
      • Entrance fees
      • Meals as listed
      • Gratuities
        For guides and drivers, and at restaurants for included meals
      • Horse rental
        if applicable at monarch sanctuaries
      • Purified drinking water
        Available throughout
      • Conservation donation

      What’s not included

      • Flights
        We will assist with flight recommendations.
      • 1 Dinner & 1 Lunch
      • Passport fees
      • Room upgrades
      • Private room supplement
      • Personal expenses
      • Optional gratuities
        For hotel staff
      • Travel insurance

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy Room
      Deposit: $500

      Available options

      Private Room
      Deposit: $0

      If you prefer a private, single occupancy room, add this amount.


      Day 1
      Sun, Jan 19: Arrival to Mexico City

      Upon arrival to Mexico City, we’ll be met by our local guide and transferred to our hotel conveniently located close to neighborhood parks and markets. Get to know fellow travelers this evening during our Welcome Dinner.

      Accommodations: Circulo Condesa

      Meals: Dinner

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      By Kathy S for Coastal Carolinas' Savage Gardens and Botanical Hotspots on Jun 07, 2024
      Marcos and Frank were the most amazing guides imaginable. Their deep knowledge and enthusiasm were a huge part of the experience. The trip itself involved a couple dozen middle schoolers and had some highs and lows. High points: seeing two sloths on a night hike through the jungle, spending time at the ecolodge Finca Siempre Verde, and the boat tour of Rio Tarcoles. Low points: getting super seasick on a "snorkeling tour" to Cano island (quotations because what little snorkeling we managed in between vomits was uninspiring) and having to pack up and move every day but one. We spent so much time packing, herding kids onto buses, and driving around, that it was hard to ever relax and enjoy the surroundings.
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      We had such an outstanding trip! I know I am echoing all of the voices from our part of six when I say that it could not have gone any better. The three guides we had were all excellent. They knew their subject matter and they conveyed it professionally. However, José Ugalde Ajú is a keeper! Having been a tour guide myself for five years when I was young (The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA), I can say with confidence that you will find no better guide. It was a pleasure being with him. His English is so good that he laughed along with our (very) lame jokes, treated every person with whom he interacted (native English speakers and non-native English speakers) with great care, and always had an eye out for making sure that we were both learning and enjoying ourselves. He went above and beyond: ensuring one of us had ice for her medicine, taking care that another of our party was not allergic to (and survived!) the scorpion bites, gauging terrain difficulty for those of us using walking sticks, and answering all questions (sometimes three and four times and in two languages) with grace and honesty--indicating when he was unsure or did not know. José was more than a guide; our relationship with him was not simply transactional, but rather one based on a foundation he built of respect, interest, and friendship. The itinerary that Sheridan Samano at Reef to Rockies designed was delightful. It was an extraordinary mix of learning, experiencing, and enjoyment. the leader of our group of six asked all of us which activity we enjoyed the most. I was struck by the question because I could not come up with just one answer. How do you pick between visiting the Maleku community (an anthropologist's dream) and experiencing Arenal on a clear day? Can you easily differentiate between the lunch we had in Cinchona with birds (repeatedly) zooming by us as we ate, or cooking our lunch over an open fire under the watchful eye of Chela? Waterfalls, craters, artesanías, one-day orchids, puentes colgantes, along with friendship cemented this trip as one of my best ever! Thank you and your colleagues for making our eco-tourism experience so memorable.
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