Guided by Michael Retter.
Northeast Mexico offers birders the opportunity to encounter many of the country’s endemic birds while traveling through habitats as diverse as high desert plateau, tropical marsh, dry upland oak forest, lowland rainforest, and montane cloudforest. While birds like Crested Guan, Azure-hooded Jay, and Collared Araçari are all undeniably tropical, we enjoyed these flavors of the Neotropics without overwhelming numbers of unfamiliar bird families, making it an excellent tour for first-timers to the tropics. We also enjoyed prolonged studies of many of the region’s endemics, like Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Worthen’s Sparrow, Sumichrast’s Wren, and Hooded and Altamira Yellowthroats. A visit to the stunning pre-Columbian ruin of El Tajín made for an especially memorable trip.