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10 Day Birding Copper Canyon Hummingbirds, Cultural, and Wildlife Tour in Sierra Madre

Los Cabos Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Outstanding Safari Tour in Mexico

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!

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: Maximum of 10 persons
  • Starts and ends in Baja California
  • Spanish and English speaking guides
  • All park fees are included

Meet the guides

Maria
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Highlights

  • Visiting lookout points for birdwatching
  • A visit to estuary and desert environment to see three endemic birds
  • Copper Canyon train ride and visiting Indian communities of Tarahumara
  • Use of scope and appropriate bird books for identification
  • Services of a certified naturalist guide with local experts
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • 9 nights' accommodation

Styles


9 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

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.

Program

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'.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrivals

Spread your wings and get a welcome dinner.

  • Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: Birding endemics and desert specialties

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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Ride the most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere and enjoy birding

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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Hawks and wine will combine today along with other surprises

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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Admire six canyon junction and make a 360-degree loop

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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Hummingbirds' big day

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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Encounter with Tarahumara Indian nation and woodpeckers

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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Give back to the community

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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Birding and archaeology

You will go on a birding trip and enjoy petroglyphs and much more. By the evening, you will enjoy your farewell dinner.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Hasta la vista! (departures)

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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast (coffee and pastries)

Included excursions

  • Copper Canyon train ride
  • Visit Indian communities of Tarahumara
  • Visit some vineyards
  • Visit to vista and Indian Ramamuri home
  • Walking tour to visit a museum

Guides

Maria Elena Muriel

Location

Los Cabos

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

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.

Food

Nine breakfasts, five lunches, nine dinners, and purified water during the trip will be served for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Visiting lookout points for birdwatching
  • A visit to estuary and desert environment to see three endemic birds
  • Copper Canyon train ride
  • Visit Indian communities of Tarahumara
  • Walking tour to visit a museum
  • Certified naturalist guide in partnership with local experts
  • Use of scope and appropriate bird books for identification
  • Departs / return to Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
  • Transportation needed during the safari
  • Some transfers (hotel-train-hotel)
  • Check-lists to take home
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • Purified water during the trip
  • 9 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare from / to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)
  • Travel documents such as passport / visa / medical insurance / travel insurance
  • Gratuities nor tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals during the train ride
  • Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls
  • Things not mentioned in the description

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). Transfer to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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