Featured Tour

Mexico: Veracruz and the River of Birds

The stunning Keel-billed Toucan is just one of the tropical beauties encountered on this tour. Photo: Chris Wood.

October 9–16, 2010

The Mexican state of Veracruz is a justifiably famous travel corridor. Cortés scuttled his ships on the coast of Veracruz before advancing on the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. During the colonial era Veracruz was the only port allowed to manage trade through to Spain until 1760. Today the city still serves as one of Mexico’s principal ports. But centuries before Cortés arrived, many species of Neotropical migrants had already evolved migration strategies that cause them to flood through this coastal Mexican state every fall. Indeed, the hawk migration alone is so spectacular that locals in Cardel refer to the passage of migrant raptors as the “Río de Rapaces” or “River of Raptors.” In a single day in Veracruz, it’s possible to see more raptors than you will see during an entire lifetime in the US or Canada! This tour is set to coincide with the peak of fall migration in Veracruz, while visits to tropical rainforest, pine-oak woodlands, fog-shrouded humid forest, coastal mangroves and other habitats will provide us with an excellent introduction to the birds of Mexico. Chris Wood and Jake Mohlmann lead.