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Gray Whale Baby Boom in Baja Sur, Mexico

Recent censuses in Baja Sur, Mexico show that gray whale populations are experiencing a baby boom this year.  More than 1000 gray whale babies have been counted in three calving lagoons – Ojo de Liebre, San Ignacio and Magdalena Bay.

Gray whale populations crashed due to over hunting in the past.  Now, gray whales numbers are […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Search of Mexico’s Monarch Butterflies – Piedra Herrada

On our recent Monarch Butterfly and Magical Cities trip to Mexico, we visited two reserves in Mexico State. Piedra Herrada Sanctuary was the first and El Capulin the second. Located less than two hours west of Mexico City, Piedra Herrada is easily accessed in a day trip.

We left our Santa Fe hotel at 8:15 am […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lost Tourist Card in Mexico – What To Do

US citizens traveling to Mexico are not required to have a visa in addition to a passport for entry. Instead, you need a Mexico Visitor’s Permit. This form should be handed out during flights to Mexico or you can get one at a border crossing if entering by road.

During a recent trip to Mexico, one […]

By |February 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Six Reasons to Visit Iceland in Winter

1.  Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Guaranteed darkness is an important factor in catching a glimpse of the northern lights. Winter months offer full dark nights. Your best chances of seeing displays of bright, colorful dancing lights in the night sky are from November to February.

2.  Mild temperatures. Iceland’s winter climate is relatively mild for its […]

By |January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yellowstone Wolves and Changing Landscapes

Most of us learned about the web of life in school, but no one has a complete understanding of the complexities involved in food webs. Given time, we often see unexpected results and Yellowstone National Park provides an excellent example.

Current research at Yellowstone links the resurgence of beaver populations to the grey wolf reintroduction in […]

By |January 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

R2R Travelers’ Favorite Trip Photos from 2015

One of our favorite perks is hearing about trip highlights from travelers when they return from a trip. This year, Reefs to Rockies’ travelers explored places ranging from Peru to Costa Rica to New Orleans to Iceland to Mexico and to Vietnam.

It was an absolute joy to review this past year through the eyes of their trip […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Don’t Forget About Our National Wildlife Refuges

Florida’s Pelican Island became the country’s first national wildlife refuge back in 1903.  Today, every state and territory has at least one refuge within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas.  National wildlife refuges provide habitat for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and more […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pedestrian Bridge Connecting San Diego and Tijuana Airports Opens Today

Starting today, travelers will be able to walk between San Diego and Tijuana International Airports.  The crossing is limited to ticketed passengers flying out of Tijuana within 24 hrs.  It’s free to cross the 390-ft bridge until Dec 18.  After that date, the fee goes to $18 each way.  Mexico flights are often less expensive from Tijuana so this […]

By |December 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Peru’s Newest National Park – Sierra del Divisor

Earlier this month, a new national park received final approval by Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala. Sierra del Divisor National Park spans 3.3 million acres, protecting a huge swath in the Amazon basin. Rainforest Trust in the US worked with Peru’s CEDIA (Center for the Development of an Indigenous Amazon) along with local communities and government […]

By |November 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Do Some Lions Climb Trees?

The vast majority of lions stay put on the ground, leaving tree climbing to other big cats like the leopard. However, there are two places in Africa where you have the opportunity to see lions scattered along tree branches – the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda and Lake Manyara National Park […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments