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Join Birding Los Cabos in an exciting safari in Los Cabos and Copper Canyon. You will depart on a safari that explores endemic, migrant, and vagrant birds in the area. You will find many interesting bird species such as Mexican jay, eared quetzal, mountain trogon, endemic's gray thrasher, Belding's Yellowthroat, and Xantus hummingbird. You will also enjoy Copper Canyon train ride and immerse yourself in the culture by visiting Indian communities of Tarahumara. Make memorable moments in Mexico!
Due to the nature of safari, you will stay in the best hotels available in each area. All hotels are comfortable with en-suite bathroom, one or two beds, Mexican style room, hot water shower, and air conditioning or heater, depending on your need.
You will go from sea-level to 8,000 feet, from sea, plains, to upper canyons to enable you to enjoy great diversity. You will enjoy a great variety of flora and fauna, perhaps deer, bighorns sheep, mule, and white-tail deer. You might also see the almost extinct Mexican wolf, fox, raccoons, and jack-rabbits among others. You will also visit valleys, waterfalls, lakes, and several indigenous communities.
Regarding the birds, this beautiful area is home to hummingbirds along with more than 300 birds resident, migrants, and vagrants birds. Your goal will be finding as many hummingbirds and raptors as you can. There are also other birds such as Mexican jay, eared quetzal, mountain trogon, endemic gray thrasher, Belding's yellowthroat, Xantus hummingbird, and any other bird will be a plus.
These beautiful canyon system is also home to Tarahumara or Raramuri nation since more than 500 years ago. The Tarahumara or Raramuri still keep their traditions and culture dwelling in caves, despite the encounter with Europeans along the Conquest. It might sound incredible or impossible but in the 21st century, these natives live happily in caves without electricity, concrete floor, and no furniture or objects that people today would be impossible to live without.
Their philosophy of life is to live upon what Mother Nature provides them. They are governed by customs and traditions from before the Spanish conquest. There are few Tarahumara or Raramuri communities that are still unknown to the 'white man', as they call foreigners, but some others had accepted foreigners even when they don't speak Spanish but their own dialect. During this unforgettable adventure, your tour-guide will interpret the Tarahumara culture and traditions.
This trip will be led by a keen birder, certified by Minister of Tourism and NPS, along with local experts that will interpret the culture, traditions, and philosophy involved in this wonderful culture alive, adapted to environment in a happy relationship between man and nature, where it feels that time had stopped more than 500 years ago.
Another attraction you must experience is to ride the train that connects the Copper Canyon which is undoubtedly an engineering marvel due to the Mexican techniques used at old times. It is considered one of the engineer wonders of the world which have surprised engineers around the world even today. You will admire a system of six canyons, cross 37 bridges, and 86 tunnels. The Reader's Digest named it 'the most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere'.
Spread your wings and get a welcome dinner.
You will visit estuary and desert environment in search of three endemics to begin your journey. You will enjoy breakfast hosted by ranchero family then get a transfer to the next site across the Sea of Cortes or Gulf of California. You will spend the night at an old Spaniard Fort from 1600s. This day you will go from sea level to 400 meters.
You will enjoy a beautiful landscape, cross tunnels and bridges marvel of the engineer of the early time, keep your eyes open to enjoy wildlife such as deer, bighorn sheep, Mexican wolf, and numerous birds. The highlight will be the violet-crowned hummingbird and golden eagle, quetzal, and trogon. Today, you will ascend from 400 to 1800 meters.
You will visit a lookout point in search of raptors such as the zone-tailed hawk, common black hawk, golden eagle, and many more birds in addition to vista and Indian Ramamuri home. You will visit some vineyards where wine is being made since the early 1700s.
Sit down, relax, and get your binoculars ready while you ascend to 2,400 meters. You will visit a lookout point where the system of six canyons confluence, make a loop of 360 degrees, and visit an Indian market at night. Birding Los Cabos might have a surprise.
You will enjoy breakfast and spend the day birding devoted to enjoy hummingbirds and at least 50 more species of birds. You will admire the beautiful landscape offered by the wilderness.
Today, in addition to birding for woodpeckers and sapsuckers, you will visit Indian communities. You will be immersed in their culture, traditions, and relieves. You will visit a lake, valley, cascade, old mission, and much more.
You will enjoy a walking tour of the town, visit a museum, and buy a handmade souvenir to help the community. Many times, it is the only income they have.
You will go on a birding trip and enjoy petroglyphs and much more. By the evening, you will enjoy your farewell dinner.
Birding Los Cabos will supply coffee and pastries and each of you will depart to the airport on your own. Transfer from the hotel to the airport is available at extra cost.
Maria Elena has a degree in Tourism Administration but made a career in ecotourism and public land administration with a specialty in natural and cultural heritage interpretation. She is a certified tour guide by the Ministry of Tourism and National Park Service (NPS). When she is not leading programs, she trains other guides or teach environmental education to youth in high-school. She will combine her knowledge, skills, experience, and expertise with other local experts to provide you with the best Mexican safari ever.
Los Cabos is a municipality located at the tip of Baja California Peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California. It is formed by minor and major capes such as Cabo San Lucas where the arch is located or San Jose where the airport is located and the State capital is La Paz.
Copper Canyon is considered as the home of hummingbirds and is located in the middle of the Sierra Madre mountains. It is a 25000-square mile area of beautiful landscape and breathtaking vistas which is full of hummingbirds, eared quetzal, Mexican chickadee, and more than 200 migrants, resident, and vagrant birds. In addition, it has beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna, wildlife, lakes, waterfalls, impressive geology, rock formations, and more surprises.
Some of the canyons are 6136 feet deep, the reason why geologist said it is bigger and deeper than the grand canyon in the USA. Copper Canyon is the largest and most complex canyon systems in the world. The area contains a vast array of habitats. It is the combination of these habitats that allow for such a diversity of resident, migrating, and wintering bird species with more than 400 species are reported in the area thus in bucket list of birders.
Furthermore, these beautiful canyon system is home to the Tarahumara or Raramuri culture, an ancestral tribe that has been living there forever. During the Spaniard conquest, they were discovered but they had kept their traditions, culture, and believes alive, living in caves and other primitive dwellings. They only live with the elements that nature provides them. They are also famed for their long-distance running ability.
Nine breakfasts, five lunches, nine dinners, and purified water during the trip will be served for you.
Please book your flight to arrive at Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). Transfer to this airport is available upon request.
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