One of the world’s great cities, Mexico City is a draw for travellers who can enjoy monuments and lively public places steeped in centuries of history and culture. The city is also a wonderful birding destination, as it holds, both within the urban area and around its fringes, parks and reserves that collectively span several distinct habitats. These include oak and pine forests, cacti-filled deserts, and wetlands. Nearby to the west is one of the prime wintering sites of Monarch butterflies that have made the harrowing journey southward from Canada and the United States. Potentially millions of Monarchs cling to trees at the Piedra Herrada reserve, weighing down branches and placing visitors among a spell-binding flourish of orange and black. This region is one of the best places to see the jaw-dropping Mexico endemic Red Warbler as well as a multitude of colourful highland birds.
Within Mexico City itself, wander along a colonial avenue leading to an opulent castle in Chapultepec Park, one of the largest urban green spaces in the world. Sit back and enjoy local food at Xochimilco while drifting along on a peaceful boat ride among the famous canals. Wading birds like White-faced Ibises and Snowy Egrets feed at close range, while Belted Kingfishers dive into the calm waters and Green Jays work scrubby edges. Desert flora and oak forest abound in Sierra de Guadalupe State Park in the northern part of Mexico City. In this dry protected area, scan the vast open stretches for roadrunners and songbirds. End each day’s intriguing exploration with meals featuring such gastronomical delights as pan dulce, tostadas, tacos, and enchiladas.
Join us to explore Mexico City through a birding lens and prepare yourself to be surprised by just how much avian life this remarkable city has to offer.
- Birding in Chapultepec Park
- Enjoying local foods while floating down the Xochimilco canals
- Observing Monarch butterflies at Piedra Herrada
- Finding Red Warblers in fir and pine forests
- Searching for desert birds in Sierra de Guadalupe State Park
Day 1: Arrive to Mexico City
Day 2: Chapultepec Park: Castle and botanical gardens
Day 3: UNAM Botanical Gardens / Xochimilco canals
Day 4: Travel to Valle de Bravo / Butterflies and birds at Piedra Herrada
Day 5: Birding on hotel grounds / Valle de Bravo-area hotspots
Day 6: Monte Alto Reserve / Free afternoon in Mexico City
Day 7: Sierra de Guadalupe State Park / Farewell Dinner
Day 8: Depart Mexico City
If you are travelling alone and would like to share, we will attempt to match you up with an appropriate roommate. If we cannot, the single supplement will apply. This will be collected at 90 days prior to departure.
- Airport transfers on tour start and end dates
- Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar
- Ground transportation
- All activities as described in the detailed itinerary
- Park and museum entrance fees
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person
- Gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals
- All taxes
- Services of your Tour Leader David Lindo
- Services of local Mexican guide and driver
- Return airfare from your home to join the tour
- Fuel surcharge (if applicable)
- Airport departure taxes
- Visa fee for Mexico, if required
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers, outside of tour start and end dates
- Alcoholic beverages
- Items of a personal nature
- Additional transportation required due to any emergency or other situation
- Any item not mentioned in “Included Features”
A non-refundable deposit of US$750 per person is required to reserve a space on this tour. A second deposit of US$2000 will be required 6 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
How to Book
Please contact the Worldwide Quest office for more information and to secure your booking.
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What to Expect
This tour begins on Sunday, February 18th at the Mexico City International Airport to our first hotel. Travellers arriving on the tour start date will be met on arrival and transferred to our meeting point. This transfer is included in the cost of the tour. When you book the designated pre-trip accommodation with Worldwide Quest, your transfer from the airport to our group hotel on arrival is also included. If you are making your own pre-trip arrangements, this transfer can be provided at additional cost.
The tour concludes on Sunday, February 25th with a single included transfer to the Mexico City International Airport. Please contact us to verify timing of this transfer prior to making any flight arrangements.
Level of Activity: Easy to Moderate
We will use well-marked walking paths. Terrain is sometimes gently sloping and may be uneven at sites around Valle de Bravo, so we recommend comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and a trekking pole for extra balance. Mexico City and Valle de Bravo are both highland communities. Please contact us if you have any questions about travelling at higher altitudes.
Hotel Circulo Condesa is modern hotel in Mexico City’s Colonia Condesa area, a short walk from the artsy district’s many stores and restaurants. It also includes an on-site restaurant/bar, free WIFI, and shop.
Misión Grand is a favourite of past travellers who have enjoyed the lush grounds and impressive views of pine-clad mountains. The hotel is well-provisioned with all standard amenities, including WIFI, on-site restaurant, and swimming pool.
Hotel Habita Polanco is a fully remodelled 1950s building with bright rooms, WIFI, a swimming pool, and restaurant. It is located in Mexico City’s trendy Polanco district.
We will be travelling in a comfortable air-conditioned 16-passenger Mercedes Benz Sprinter driven by a professional driver.
Daytime highs in Mexico City and Valle de Bravo at this time of year usually hold steady around 22 to 24 °C, while nighttime lows hover between 4 and 8 °C. Skies are mainly sunny, and a small amount of rain is possible. Wind and humidity are typically both very low.
You will require a passport for your trip to Mexico. Please make sure it is valid for six months after the date of your return home. UK, Canada, and USA passport holders do not require a visa to visit Mexico.
Worldwide Quest has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council’s #SafeTravels Stamp for adopting health and hygiene global standardized protocols. Learn more.
COVID-19 Entry and Travel Requirements
All travellers should be prepared to show proof of vaccination as per local regulations. Please refer to these websites for current requirements: Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid
Extend Your Stay
We are offering a one-night extension in Mexico City that includes a day trip to Teotihuacán to observe birds among the ruins of this ancient city whose origins remain unknown. Please contact us for further information.
If you are interested in exploring more of this region, we would be happy to design a personalized extension for you either before or after this tour. Please let us suggest some options, based on your time available, budget and interests.
Terms and Conditions
For additional information about our terms and conditions, please refer to your booking form, the current brochure or our website. All participants booking with Worldwide Quest are covered by the terms of the Ontario Travel Industry Act (Worldwide Quest International, Ontario – License # 2667946). See full details here.
All payments are non-refundable, however you may transfer your initial deposit for any land tour to another tour 90 days or more prior to your scheduled departure date. Initial deposits for cruises are non-refundable and non-transferable. Your second payment and your final payment are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you cancel within 90 days prior to trip departure, all associated trip costs are non-refundable. In the event of a cancellation, you must notify Worldwide Quest immediately and in writing. See full details here.
We urge you to ensure that you have adequate cancellation and medical insurance in place, should an unexpected event cause you to cancel or interrupt your trip or should the tour not be operable per our terms and conditions. We will offer you Manulife insurance coverage. Medical insurance including emergency medical evacuation coverage is mandatory on all our tours.