Mexico

Swimming with Whale Sharks - Isla Mujeres

The gigantic, polka-dotted whale shark, called “domino” by locals, is the largest living fish on the planet. One of only three filter-feeding sharks, the whale shark feeds on minute organisms including krill, fish eggs, crab larvae, and jellyfish. They are able to open their mouth wide to optimize feeding. They can also feed via suction while vertical in the water. Even though the whale shark has a sizable mouth, it shows no evidence of large, sharp teeth characteristic of most shark species.  This trip is designed to have you in the water, swimming alongside whale sharks during peak congregations in summer.

Baja Sur Explorer

Baja California Sur, Mexico, a long peninsula stretching 800 miles to the south from California, is one of the best places in the world for up close encounters with whales. Visitors to Baja’s wild coasts have the chance to spot a greater variety of whales in a week’s time than anywhere else. In addition to humpback whales, friendly gray whales, blue whales, and sperm whales, the area is also home to whale sharks (the world’s largest fish), boisterous dolphins and playful sea lions.

Monarch Butterflies and Magical Cities

Every winter, the cloud forests in the mountains of central Mexico play host to millions and millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies. This aggregation of monarchs in Mexico’s central highlands remains one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles on the planet. When masses of butterflies are in flight, it sounds like rain falling and their cumulative weight can bend branches of oyamel firs. In addition to visiting two butterfly sanctuaries in the state of Mexico, travelers will also visit vibrant Mexico City and colonial Valle de Bravo, one of Mexico’s “Magical Towns”.

In Search of Whales - Baja Sur

Baja California Sur, Mexico, a long peninsula stretching 800 miles to the south from California, is one of the best places in the world for up close encounters with whales. Visitors to Baja’s wild coasts have the chance to spot a greater variety of whales in a week’s time than anywhere else. In addition to humpback whales, friendly gray whales, blue whales, and sperm whales, the area is also home to whale sharks (the world’s largest fish), boisterous dolphins and playful sea lions.

 

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