A Chance to See the Great Raptor Migration

By Colleen Besman

Audubon is offering another trip to see the annual raptor migration in Veracruz from September 23 to 28〞a veritable aerial river of hawks, kites, ospreys, peregrines, kestrels, merlins, and turkey vultures.

Audubon Eco Journeys by Travelian
Veracruz: Raptor Migration, Archeology, and Botanical
Sept 23-28
Colleen Besman at 152 3644

The tour group will travel to the coastal lowlands of Veracruz to experience and visit three key locations of the fall raptor migration with the renowned bird guide Robert Straub, staying two nights at a lovely beach hotel.

Travelers will then head into the lush tropical mountains of Xalapa and Coatepec for three more nights, staying in the peaceful and charming Pueblo Mágico of Coatepec (elevation 4,300 ft) in a comfortable new hotel three blocks from the main square, with its luscious smells of freshly roasted coffee.

While in Coatepec, the group will go on hikes into the nearby hills of Cerro de Las Culebras, Macuiltepectl State Park, and Texolo Waterfalls (in Xico), led by Robert Straub. There will be a private guided tour of Xalapa*s magnificent Jardín Botánico Francisco Javier Clavijero, with its 16 acres of tropical plants from the State of Veracruz. A private guided tour at Mexico*s second largest Museum of Anthropology (MAX), located in Xalapa will occur as well.

On the ride back to San Miguel de Allende, the group will visit one of Mexico*s largest archeological sites, Cantona, a relatively unknown site surrounded by a landscape of cactus, yucca, and pine forest.

Trip cost is US$1,175 or 14,100 pesos double occupancy. The price for this six-day small-group tour includes all transportation, accommodations, breakfasts, entrance fees and gratuities, and a donation to Sociedad de Audubon de Mexico. For reservations and further details about this trip, visit: www.travelian.com.mx/veracruz2014.html or call Colleen Besman at 152 3644 or Rodrigo López at 415 100 2798.


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