Epic Encounters with Mexico’s Monarch Butterflies – Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

October 26, 2021

Piedra Herrada Reserve The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Mexico’s top ecotourism destinations. There are several sanctuaries open to visitors across two Mexican states – Michoacán and Mexico. Piedra Herrada is the easiest monarch sanctuary to access from Mexico City and only a 2-hr drive from the […]

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What It’s Like to Travel To Baja Sur, Mexico Right Now

October 19, 2020

Earlier this month, I traveled to Baja Sur, Mexico for a scouting trip. I flew Southwest Airlines non-stop from Denver International Airport (DEN) to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). This was the first time I’ve traveled to a destination involving flights since my last trip to Mexico in February. Even though a negative Covid-19 test […]

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Isla Mujeres Mural Project

August 29, 2016

One of the highlights of our recent trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico while exploring the island by golf cart was spotting colorful murals along the way. In 2014, Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project opened to the public. The mural project consists of 15 large-scale murals created by well-known contemporary street artists. With the goal […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks 2016 Recap

August 24, 2016

In 2009, we added Isla Mujeres whale shark trips to our Mexico portfolio. Whale shark season runs from late May to September, but we recommend traveling between mid-July to mid-August if you have flexible travel dates. Those weeks tend to be the best with respect to whale shark aggregations in the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve. […]

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Whale Sharks Move from Vulnerable to Endangered Status

July 19, 2016

Earlier this month, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species announced that the whale shark has moved from vulnerable to endangered status. Whale shark populations throughout the world have declined more than 50% in recent years. This sharp decline places whale sharks at a higher risk of extinction and explains the endangered status listing. Whale […]

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Gray Whale Baby Boom in Baja Sur, Mexico

March 18, 2016

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 […]

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In Search of Mexico’s Monarch Butterflies – Piedra Herrada

February 16, 2016

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 […]

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Lost Tourist Card in Mexico – What To Do

February 12, 2016

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, […]

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Pedestrian Bridge Connecting San Diego and Tijuana Airports Opens Today

December 9, 2015

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 […]

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Mexico 2015 – Photo and Video Highlights

October 26, 2015

We’ve just returned from our sixth scouting trip to Mexico this year. Our latest trip was to Guadalupe Island where we spent three days cage diving with great white sharks. Wow! All of this year’s Mexico trips offered unforgettable wildlife experiences. Friendly gray whales, millions of monarch butterflies, a bat volcano, and sharks (both whale […]

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