Durango Highway & San Blas 2017

Russet-crowned Motmot
February 10 - 19, 2017
Tour Length: 10 days Est. Spaces Left: 6

Our trip to San Blas and Durango Highway provides access to nearly 1/3 of the endemic Mexican species in habitat ranging from coastal mangrove estuaries to high elevation pine forest.

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
No Future Dates Available
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
7 (+1 leader)
Focus:
Birds; Photography; Butterflies/Moths;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; 2 - 4 miles hiking per day
Double Accommodation:
$ 3000
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 550
Deposit:
$500.00 [per person]

By combining a visit to the northern Sierra Madre along the Durango Highway with some time in the tropical lowlands surrounding San Blas, it is possible to see more than 25 percent of the bird species that exist in the entire country of Mexico, including more than a third of Mexico’s 100 endemic birds!

An extensive variety of habitats are available in this small geographic region. Moving from low elevation to high we will visit large estuaries with extensive mudflats, to the vast stands of dry, tropical deciduous forests in the foothill region of Concordia and Copala, one of the richest plant communities on earth. Then on to gallery oak forests that hold dozens of the 200 plus oak species found in Mexico. Finally, reaching the coniferous forests at the highest elevations with more a dozen species of pines, including the rare “Sacred Fir” (Abies religiosa). By visiting all of these distinct habitats in one trip, it is not unreasonable to expect more than 300 species of birds!

Photo: Russet-crowned Motmot   by F. Davis

 

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Download Itinerary

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  • Meeting Location

    Mazatlan

    Accomodations

    Basic on Durango Highway to very comfortable hotel in San Blas.

    Included

    all meals from dinner on the first day through breakfast on the final day, guides, taxes, tips.

    Excluded

    International air; laundry, phone calls; alcoholic beverages.

  • Top Birds

    Mexican Parrotlet; Citroline Trogon; Purplish-backed Jay;  Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, Elegant Quail, Crane Hawk, Yellow-winged Cacique, and Yellow Grosbeak; Eared Quetzal, Green-striped Brush-finch, Red-headed Tanager, Golden-browed, Crescent-chested and Red Warbler, Red-breasted Chat, Blue Bunting, Black-capped Vireo, Golden-crowned Emerald, Rusty-crowned Ground-sparrow, and Russet-crowned Motmot; Military Macaws, San Blas Jay, Gray-collared Becard, White-striped Woodcreeper, Black-headed Siskin, Gray-crowned Woodpecker, Happy, Sinaloa, Spotted Wren, Bumblebee Hummingbird, Mexican Woodnymph.

    Top Mammals

    Ocelot & Jaguar (both rare, but possible); Morelet’s Crocodile.

    Habitats Covered

    Tropical deciduous forest; mangrove estuaries; Sierra Madrean woodland; high elevation pine forests.

    Expected Climate

    Cooler in the mountains, warm & tropical in the lowlands. 60 – 90 degrees fahrenheit.

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