Nature & Culture - hand in hand

Mexico - Butterfly Tours

As our friend, Mike Williams, one of the leaders of the West Midland Branch of BC noted:

Not many people realise that Mexico is not just the wintering place of hundreds of millions of incredible Monarch butterflies, but also host to almost 10 percent of the total butterfly species of the entire globe! That is close to 1800 species which means a hard to beat diversity. What is more, butterflies often occur in great number as well, so with good timing and some luck we can end up with a terrific list of butterflies during a 2 week long trip visiting various habitats. Our tour through the Land of the Mayas takes us to some of the great butterfly hotspots among fascinating Mayan ruins in Yucatan and Chiapas, two contrastingly different areas.  Beside butterflies, we should see some breathtaking birds, colourful wildflowers, various mammals, plus interesting amphibians and reptiles.  Chiapas alone has one of the greatest biodiversity in not just in Mexico, but in the entire Americas: there are more than 100 species of amphibians, 700 species of birds, more than 50 species of mammals and just over 200 species of reptiles.

We pay visits to famous and some less known Mayan archaeological sites surrounded by lush forests and full of many great species. We also explore various other habitats: broadleaved and pine forests, wetlands, mangroves, Caribbean beaches, all with their own unique rich flora and fauna, including many endemics as well.