Turtles

Whales, Turtles & Migratory Birds Are Featured in Vacation Packages to Mexico

One Worry-Free package features three nights at the all-inclusive Samba Vallarta by Pueblo Bonito Resort in Riviera Nayarit and the very popular Kon Tiki snorkeling tour.

Another Worry-Free package features the all-inclusive Vallarta Palace Resort in Riviera Nayarit plus the Palace Passport Promotion that provides unlimited select tours, including horseback riding, a Sunset cruise, Sea Life Park. During some travel dates, guests staying seven nights will also receive a complimentary swim with dolphins experience sailboat san blas.

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s newest tourism destination is blessed with an abundance of protected natural wonders including giant humpback whales, four kinds of protected sea turtles, wild dolphins, 250 species of migratory birds, countless “big game” fish and other magnificent species of wildlife that inspire endless fascination and delight for travelers from around the world.

With over 100 miles of coastline and beaches against the backdrop of the impressive Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains, Nayarit is a natural playground. Hundreds of humpback whales visit Banderas Bay each year From November through April. Vallarta Adventures is one of several companies that offers guided whale watching expeditions.

Designated the official
mascots

of Riviera Nayarit, four protected species of sea turtle, including leatherback, Olive Ridley, hawksbill, and green turtles, use the coastal beaches of Nayarit as nesting sites. Indigenous to Nayarit, the Olive Ridley is one of the smallest species of sea turtle and nests between June and November. Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, in the San Francisco area, features a marine turtle sanctuary open to the public. Wildlife Connection, an eco tour group based in Marina Vallarta, offers an evening tour to turtle camps where visitors can participate in the release of baby turtles and learn more about these fascinating creatures.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, La Tovara National Park and the mangrove eco-region in San Blas in Riviera Nayarit are some of “the most important winter habitats for birds in the Pacific, home to 80 percent of the Pacific’s migratory shore bird populations.” Among the most exciting sightings are the black-bellied tree duck, great blue heron, roseate spoonbill, the bumblebee hummingbird and the Mexican woodnymph.

In January/February, The Festival of Migratory Birds is held to celebrate the avian wildlife in the area. In addition to special seminars and bird watching expeditions, boat tours of La Tovara National Park are also featured. And, Banderas Bay Tours & Travel offers a guided bird watching tour of San Blas by boat through mangroves and flat wetlandsalong with a visit to the Crocodile Reserve in El Manantial of La Camelota.

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