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Mexico: Veracruz - A River of Birds

Tour Information

Note: The information presented here is an abbreviated version of our formal General Information for Tours to Mexico: Veracruz. Its purpose is solely to give readers a sense of what might be involved if they take this tour. Although we do our best to make sure that what follows is completely accurate, it should not be used as a replacement for the formal document sent to all tour registrants, whose contents supersedes any information contained here.

ENTERING MEXICO: Mexico requires a valid passport for entry by US citizens. Citizens of other countries may need a visa and should check their nearest Mexican embassy. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date the tour ends. Tourist cards are required and are obtained upon entry at the border customs.

LEAVING MEXICO: For those flying into Mexico, the tourist tax is included in your flight ticket by the airline. For those entering by land, the tourist permit must be paid for at a bank before exiting the country; this can usually be done at the border when you get the permit.

MAPS AND COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can view maps of Mexico in the University of Texas series here. You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information here, and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Mexico here.

HEALTH: No specific inoculations are necessary, although up-to-date tetanus protection is always a good idea. Bottled water is now widely available in motels, restaurants and even the simplest stores. You can review the latest CDC advisories here.

PACE OF THE TOUR: As with all tours in the tropics, we’ll try to be in the field close to dawn which means about 6:30 a.m. But don’t worry, birding sites range from 30 minutes to about an hour’s drive from our hotels, so you won’t need to “sleep in”. The pace of each day varies somewhat with this tour: All breakfasts are at our hotel.  Because of the high temperatures in the lowlands, all lunches are at restaurants. All dinners are at restaurants.  Walking is mostly along roads and wide trails that are level to gently sloping, with the option for some short stretches of steeper gradients. The highest elevation where we will be is no more than 6500 feet. Within the itinerary there are several afternoons where participants have the choice to relax at the hotel where the grounds offer excellent birding and photographic opportunities while others continuing birding at other sites.

CLIMATE: Mexico’s climate is extremely variable. The lowlands around Veracruz, Cardel and Los Tuxtlas are humid and hot. Daytime highs could reach 90°F while in the lowlands. The highlands around Xalapa will be more comfortable, but early mornings may be cool enough for a jacket and warm clothing (high 40°s F). Rain is likely. We highly recommend your bringing a folding umbrella..

ACCOMMODATIONS: All hotels have enhanced cleaning and offer standard facilities.  All have AC except the hotel in Coatepec in the mountains which is fan cooled due to the cooler temperatures. All hotels should have wifi, though strength of signal may vary.

Hotel Fiesta Inn Boca del Rio, Veracruz has private beach access, pool and fitness center.

Playa Azul in Los Tuxlas provides comfortable rooms and great birding in their forested garden. 

Hotel Puente Nacional, Chichicaxtle is a quiet and relaxed hotel with an outside dining area, pool and spa.

Casabella Hotel, Coatepec, Xalapa is in a historic hacienda with a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. 

DRESS: Informal throughout.

TRANSPORTATION: Transportation during the tour is by 15-passenger van/bus. All participants should have a window.

SMOKING: We request that you do not smoke in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a non-smoker, please do not smoke in the room. If you smoke in the field, we ask that you do so well away and downwind from the group, if possible.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF WINGS TOURS: Please take a moment to read the About WINGS Tours. This section contains important information about how we conduct tours, e.g., what is included in the tour price, refund and cancellation policies, pace of the tours, and other information that will help you prepare for the tour.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A more complete General Information for Veracruz, Mexico, Tours will be sent to each registrant on receipt of their booking. Final information with instructions for meeting the group, hotel addresses, etc., will be mailed about three weeks before trip departure. Other news will be communicated as necessary. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Updated: 06 December 2021