A surprisingly different itinerary and a fresh perspective
When my partner and I are planning a trip to Mexico, we aren’t dreaming about palm-lined beaches and stiff margaritas – though we may enjoy both from time to time 😉 No, we’re planning our days around watching the antics of the colorful endemic birds, hiking the pine-oak clad forests of the Sierra Madre and enjoying delicious street food like deep friend churros dusted in cinnamon sugar. Our most recent trip took us to the states of Nayarit and Jalisco, where we visited the 16th century village of El Tuito, took an evening boat ride through a jungle wetland, ventured into the interior mountains to stay with a local indigenous Huichol family, and visited the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, where I was honored to be invited to teach bird sketching classes as part of their bird watching festival.
If your only trips to our neighbor south of the border were to a beach resort, or worse still, you’ve been afraid to visit the country at all, you might want to read our Top Five Reasons to Visit Mexico (especially if you’re a bird watcher like us) written by my partner Steve Shunk.
Slideshow of our trip to the Jalisco region of Mexico
A warm welcome to the Huichol homelands
The video below highlights some of the places we visited recently with our birding guide Francisco Garcia of Safaris San Blas, who is the local guide featured in this video. James Currie of Birding Adventures TV focuses this episode on his pursuit of the beautiful and rare Tufted Jay (which we were also lucky enough to see). It resides in the pine-oak woodlands of the Cerro Colorado area of the southern Sierra Madre Occidentale mountains, which is also home to the indigenous Huichol Indian community of Guadelope de Ocotan.
Photos from our recent trip to Pacific Mexico area of Nayarit and Jalisco
Link to our blog with lots more photos: http://pacificmexicobirding.tumblr.com/