Note: The information presented below has been extracted from our formal General Information for this tour. It covers topics we feel potential registrants may wish to consider before booking space. The complete General Information for this tour will be sent to all tour registrants and of course supplemental information, if needed, is available from the WINGS office.
ENTERING MEXICO: U.S. citizens traveling to and from Mexico must have a valid passport, valid for at least six months after the date the tour ends, or other secure, accepted document to re-enter the United States.
Citizens of other countries may need a visa and should check their nearest Mexican embassy. If required by the embassy or visa-granting entity, WINGS can provide a letter for you to use regarding your participation in the tour.
LEAVING MEXICO: For those flying into Mexico, the tourist tax is included in your flight ticket by the airline. For those entering by land, the tourist permit must be paid for at a bank before exiting the country, and this can usually be done at the border when you get the permit.
COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html, and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Mexico at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mx.html.
HEALTH: No specific inoculations are necessary, although up-to-date tetanus protection is always a good idea. The most current information about travelers’ health recommendations can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s Travel Health website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list. Specific vaccinations and proof thereof may be required to enter the country. For entry and exit information please visit the U.S. State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html.
Sun in Mexico can be very intense. Adequate protection is necessary. Biting insects and arachnids are seldom a major nuisance; during this season chiggers and mosquitoes are all but non-existent.
Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a non-smoker, please do not smoke in the room. If you smoke in the field, we ask that you do so well away and downwind from the group. If any lodge, accommodation or location where the group is staying or is gathered has a more restrictive smoking policy than WINGS’ policy, the more restrictive policy will prevail.
PACE OF THE TOUR: We’ll try to be in the field around dawn, which means daily starts about 6:00 a.m. on most days; some a little earlier or later. All days will include one to two hours at the hotel before dinner or after lunch with optional late afternoon outings.
Walking is mostly along roads and wide trails that are level to gently sloping, with the possibility of some short stretches of steeper gradients. We’ll also occasionally be walking off the road and trails in wide washes, with some small boulders to navigate.
CLIMATE: The southern Baja California Peninsula usually has a warm and dry climate in late winter. Early mornings are pleasantly cool, and rain is remotely possible though very unlikely. The morning boat ride on Magdalena Bay can be quite chilly (lower 60’s F are typical), accentuated by the wind.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Our hotels offer standard amenities.
FOOD: Most breakfasts and one lunch will be picnics, with remaining lunches and all dinners in restaurants. Despite common perception, spicy food is easy to avoid in Mexico.
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation during the tour is by mini-van or 15-passenger van depending on group size.
Updated: August 2014