Traveling soon to Mexico? Let’s learn today what spots are the best to get to see Mexican wildlife at its purest and enjoy the nature of this country like an authentic local!
Baby Sea Turtles in the Pacific Coast
Between August and September, you can see near the town of Huatulco an impressive phenomenon which only takes place in a few beaches around the world: hundreds of Olive Ridley Sea turtles arrive to the shore to lay their eggs and cover them with sand, so they can peacefully return to the ocean. A month and a half later, baby turtles hatch and go back to the sea, always watched by organized groups of locals and visitors, who usually take care of the eggs, especially at night, when they are the most vulnerable, during all this process.
Humpback Whale Watching in Baja California
This is the longest mammal on Earth to migrate from the Arctic and it’s an authentic nature spectacle. They look for warm waters in this coast to breed and give birth. You can find all kinds of whales in Mexico’s coast, such as the grey whale, killer whale and sperm whale, but the humpback whale is definitely the most friendly. The best time to find them is from December to March and going on excursions- that do not get very close, remember to always respect their space- on a boat or even in kayaks is a great way to spot them.
Whale Shark Watching in Contoy and Holbox Islands
It’s considered the biggest fish on Earth and every year, over 400 of them visit these islands when migrating. They can swim up to 13 thousand kilometres and are not aggressive at all. They get close to the shore generally from May to September and it’s very likely you’ll spot them if you further out to sea. Just be careful not to get too close, boats and too many people around them can cause unnecessary stress to the animals. It’s an endangered specie and is federally protected. It’s something great for travelers to be able to see them, just act responsibly when traveling!
Thousands of Flamingos in Yucatan State
Mexico is a true paradise for those travelers who love birds. In Yucatan State, you can find natural habitats for the migrating American Flamingos: the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, which is full of them during fall, and the Rio Lagartos one, that shelters flamingos during spring for them to take care of the young. Spotting flocks of flamingos is something you will want do from far away: they scare very easily. Not bothering them so they don’t fly away is the first thing to take into account in this kind of experience. Some good binoculars are more than enough.
Monarch Butterflies in Michoacan
Nothing less than over 300 million Monarch butterflies fly from the northeast of the US and Canada to the central part of Mexico looking for a warmer climate to spend the winter. The best time to see them is from January to March, when they establish here to rest and breed. Due to the large number of butterflies that migrate over Mexico, many sanctuaries have been built in protected areas, that focus their work in preserving this beautiful specie, such as El Rosario Butterfly Reserve in the state of Michoacan.
I hope these paragraphs inspired you to research a bit more about this beautiful country and its awesome wildlife. Just take into consideration that everything you do that has to do with the environment has to be done with a respectful state of mind. Causing a positive impact when traveling to is the best way to go, not only for the local flora and fauna, but for the communities that welcome you and make you feel one of them. Travel green friends!