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The Best Places to See Wildlife in Mexico

Mexico’s expansive beaches and historical sites are legendary, to be sure. But Mexico is also a surprisingly rewarding place to view wildlife, featuring an array of lesser-explored nature reserves and other locales.

According to the Mexico Tourism Board, Mexico is home to some 1,500 species of reptiles, mammals, and amphibians that inhabit protected areas. These reserves dot the landscape throughout the country, providing off-the-beaten-path ideas for travelers looking to add some wildlife excitement to their journeys.

In Aguascalientes, nature lovers can camp at Ejido Eco Turistico El Ocote and spot wild animals including wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, foxes, quail, rabbits, boars, coyotes, bobcats, pumas, and snakes.

In the state of Veracruz, Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve is the UNESCO-recognized habitat of some 877 species of vertebrates, including 46 amphibians, 122 reptiles, 140 mammals, and 569 birds such as sparrows, parrots, eagles, larks, and toucans. Adventure tour companies offer multi-day tours that include hikes in the rainforest and boat rides to see monkeys and tropical birds.

The unique ecosystem on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula provides interesting opportunities for wildlife viewing. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, located in the Riviera Maya, is home to 103 species of mammals, 345 species of birds, and more than 1,400 species of plants. Among the wildlife that visitors might spot here are pumas, ocelots, jaguars, tapirs, spider and howler monkeys, white-tailed deer, and white-cheeked wild boars.

The Pacific resort city of Mazatlan is an excellent gateway for bird watching. A Sierra Madre excursion includes a visit to the Tufted Jay Preserve, along the border of the states of Durango and Sinaloa. The protected area is home to—you guessed it—the tufted jay, and visitors can spot other species during a hike through the preserve. Guests have the options of making the excursion a day trip or a two-day expedition, during which they’ll stay in wooden lodges that accommodate two, six, and ten people.

International News

The World’s Most Remote Island Finally Gets An Airport

Saint Helena, a tiny British Overseas Territory about 1,200 miles from the coast of South Africa, is most well known for being the site of Napoleon’s final exile, from 1815 until his death in 1821.

Saint Helena has a population of about 5,000, and until a few weeks ago it could only be reached via a five-day boat journey from Cape Town, South Africa. This changed in early May when a Boeing 737-800 touched down at the island’s newly built airport. This historic occasion marked the first-ever commercial flight to Saint Helena.

The flight, which took off from Johannesburg, was operated by Comair, a subsidiary of British Airways. According to Comair, the plane will be used for regularly scheduled flights to the island from Johannesburg. The addition of an air link could be very helpful for Saint Helena’s virtually nonexistent tourism industry.

The island is naturally beautiful and has an interesting history. Also, there is the allure of saying that you have visited one of the more remote places on earth before everyone else. Airlines are aware that there could potentially be more demand for flights from tourists. Since Saint Helena is officially a British territory, flights from London could be added in the future.

It is the residents of Saint Helena who will benefit the most from these flights. Before now, they were more or less cut off from civilization and depended on supplies that arrived by sea. The planes will bring a closer connection to the outside world and a major change in lifestyle for the residents of an island that may no longer qualify for the title of the “world’s most remote place.”

Cruise News

Ponant’s First-Ever Underwater Lounges

Ponant recently announced that it will build four new expedition ships. It is now detailing the vessels’ features, not the least of which will be the first-ever underwater lounges. In total, the ships will come outfitted with 92 staterooms, each with its own private veranda, a reinforced hull for polar regions, and a crew complement of 110. The most exciting features, of course, are the glass-enclosed submerged lounges for viewing passing marine life, an infinity pool with a transparent side, and a three-position marina deck for both launching and lounging.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“Every few hundred feet the world changes.” —Roberto Bolaño

Deal of the Week

International Tango Festival

During August, the International Tango Festival will be celebrated. If you want to live a truly impressive experience with this magical dance, travel to Buenos Aires and be part of it! Here are two travel specials that include one of the best tango shows of Buenos Aires:

Classic Buenos Aires 4-days from US$585 per person

European-like Buenos Aires, also called “Paris of South America,” world famous for its tango, restaurants, vibrant nightlife, fashion style, and traditional cafés, proudly embraces her title and shows off plenty of her own culture! The Classic Buenos Aires tour includes private transfers to/from airport; 3-nights accommodations in Buenos Aires; breakfast daily; Buenos Aires city tour; tango show and dinner; bilingual guide (English/Spanish).

Buenos Aires & Iguaçu Falls 6-days from US$900 per person

Enjoy the perfect combination of South American culture, tango, and tropical jungles on this 6-day tour of Argentina. Discover sophisticated Buenos Aires’ eclectic neighborhoods before touring Iguaçu Falls National Park. Shared by Argentina and Brazil, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a “must-see” during your stay in Argentina.

The Buenos Aires & Iguaçu Falls tour includes transfers during the trip and to/from airports; 3-nights in Buenos Aires, 2-nights in Puerto Iguaçu with breakfast; Buenos Aires city tour; Buenos Aires tango show and dinner; full-day Iguaçu Falls tour (Argentina); half-day Iguaçu Falls tour (Brazil); bilingual guide (English/Spanish).

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She designs journeys that are tailored to suit a client’s interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email judynewell@perfectjourneys.net. Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores across from the entrance road to Atotonilco; hours Mon–Fri, 11am–4pm. View the latest travel specials on the website perfectjourneys.net.

Sources: Travel Age West, Travel Pulse, Ponant, Say Hueque,

 

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