Our daily travel schedule on our Western Mexico birding tour will vary to account for weather, bird species and habitat. We often want to be out birding early in the morning — we may have breakfast before dawn or take a box breakfast into the field. In addition, there will be a few optional late evening expeditions in search of nocturnal birds for those interested. The tour will involve generally easy walking and some hill climbing and it may be muddy in one or two places. There will be a couple of long drives of up to five or six hours, but we stop at two or three places along the way to break up these journeys into shorter segments. When we have two leaders, we sometimes split into “faster” and “slower” groups.
Around noon time we stop to have a picnic lunch or, usually, for a sit-down meal at a restaurant. If it is hot, as it can be in western Mexico, we may rest for an hour or so during the middle of the afternoon. During dinner we discuss the day’s activities and review the list of birds seen and heard.
We will be visiting in the dry season, but we may encounter showers late in the day. During our time in Tepic and on Volcán de Fuego, when we are at higher elevations, we will encounter cooler weather. For the most part, January is a season of high bird activity and a lovely time to visit Mexico.