BIRDING TOURS IN PUERTO VALLARTA AND RIVIERA NAYARIT

with Gerardo Hernández Vázquez                                      

Bilingual (English-Spanish) Guide Specialized in Nature-orientedTourism.                                      

Puerto Vallarta is situated at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the State of  Jalisco in México´s West Coast, withing one of the most beatiful Bays in México, La Bahía de Banderas (The Bay of Banderas), is the home of some of the birds endemic to Northwest and Southwest México. Rivers, riparian vegetation, mangroves, beaches, sand dune vegetation, palm and thorn forest, tropical sub-deciduous forest, tropical deciduous forest, holm oak forest, pine-oak forest and cloud forest are habitats that host birds ranging from Bobo Patiazul (Sula n.Nebouxii) Blue-Footed Booby to the Momoto Coronicafé (Momotus mexicanus) Russet-Crowned Motmot. Other highlights among the many possibilities, incluiding Mexican endemics, are: Rufous-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis wagleri), West Mexican Chachalaca (Ortalis poliocephala), Elegant Quail (Callipepla douglasii), Lilac-crowned Parrot (Amazona Finschi), Mexican-Blue-Rumped-Parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius), Colima Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium palmarum), Mexican Hermit (Phaethornis mexicanus), Golden-crowned Emerald (Chlorostilbon auriceps), Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (Centurus chrysogenys), Black-throated Magpie Jay ((Calocitta colliei), San Blas Jay (Cyanocorax sanblasiannus), Happy Wren (Thryothorus felix), Sinaloa-bar-vented Wren (Thryothorus sinaloa), Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus), Blue Mockingbird (Melanotis caerulescens), Golden Vireo (Vireo hypochyseus), Red-brested Chat (Granatellus venustus), Rosy Thrush-Tanager (Rhodinocichla rosea schistacea) and a number of migrating birds in the winter like the Colorín Siete Colores -Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris).

On the Sierra Madre Mountains, in the area of San Sebastián del Oeste, among the possibilities incluiding endemics to the mountain forest are: Bumblebee Hummingbird (Selasphorus h, heloisa), Mountain Trogon (Trogon m. mexicanus), Transvolcanic Jay (Aphelacoma ultramarina), Spotted Wren (Campylorhynchus gularis), Blue Mockingbird Malanotis c. caerulescens), Brown-Backed Solitaire (Myadestes o. occidentalis), Gray Silky -Flycatcher (Ptilogonys c. cinereus), Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons), Red-headed Tanager (Spermagra erythrocephala) , Black-headed Siskin (Carduelis notata forreri), Collared Towhee (Pipilo ocai alticola), Rufous-capped brushfinch (Atlapetes pileatus).

Las Islas Marietas make up an important area for seabirds to reproduce, rest and feed. They are a breeding site for: Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii), Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster), and Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)

Las Islas Marietas are located in the meeting place of the biographic divisions, the Neartic and Neotropic zones

Distance in km (approximately) from Las Islas Marietas to:

Punta de Mita, Nayarit 7.9

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit 24

Bucerías, Nayarit 30

Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit 33

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 39

During the season from November to March each year, humpback whales swim along the eastern shores of the Pacific Ocean from the cold northern waters to the Bay of Banderas to carry out the rituals of courtship and mating, and to have their calves in the welcoming, relatively warmer waters of this region.

NATURE VALLARTA

BIRDING TOURS

www.naturevallarta.com

gerardomexico@yahoo.com.mx

Phone (322) 227 9750

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco México

Photos by -Fotos de- Gerardo Hernández Vázquez

ENDEMICS OF | MEXICO

BIRDING TOURS TO la desembocada

with Gerardo Hernández Vázquez                                                                                                         Bilingual (English-Spanish) Guide Specialized in Nature-oriented Tourism.                   On our private guided birding tour, for you and your group, La Desembocada -endemics of México- we will pick you up at your hotel or private villa in the Puerto Vallarta area at 6:00 a.m. We will then drive for 50 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta to the natural habitat of some of the bird species endemic to México: Rufous-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis wagleri), West Mexican Chachalaca (Ortalis poliocephala), Elegant Quail (Callipepla douglasii), Lilac-crowned Parrot (Amazona Finschi), Mexican-Blue-Rumped-Parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius), Colima Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium palmarum), Mexican Hermit (Phaethornis mexicanus), Golden-crowned Emerald (Chlorostilbon auriceps), Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (Centurus chrysogenys), Black-throated Magpie Jay ((Calocitta colliei), San Blas Jay (Cyanocorax sanblasiannus), Happy Wren (Thryothorus felix), Sinaloa-bar-vented Wren (Thryothorus sinaloa), Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus), Blue Mockingbird (Melanotis caerulescens), Golden Vireo (Vireo hypochyseus), Red-brested Chat (Granatellus venustus), Rosy Thrush-Tanager (Rhodinocichla rosea schistacea).

We’ll return to your hotel or private villa by 12:00 noon

BIRDING TOURS TO El Tuito                                                                                                                  

with Gerardo Hernández Vázquez                                                                                                       Bilingual (English-Spanish) Guide Specialized in Nature-oriented Tourism

On our private guided birding tour, for you and your group, to El Tuito We will pick you up at your hotel or private villa in the Puerto Vallarta area at 6:00 a.m. We will then drive one hour south of Puerto Vallarta to the natural habitat of some of the bird species endemic to Northwest and Southwest México. West Mexican Chachalaca (Ortalis poliocephala), Black-throated Magpie Jay ((Calocitta colliei),San Blas Jay (Cyanocorax sanblasiannus), Orange-brested Bunting (Passerina L. Leclancherii.
Bird list:
Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Common Black Hawk, Gray Hawk, Crested Caracara, Laughing Falcon, American Kestrel, West Mexican Chachalaca, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Ruddy Ground Dove, White-tipped Dove, Military Macaw, Orange-fronted Parakeet, Lilac-crowned Parrot, Groove-billed Ani, Squirrel Cuckoo, Colima Pygmy Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Mexican Hermit, Golden-crowned Emerald, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Berylline Hummingbird, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Citreoline Trogon, Elegant Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Green Kingfisher, Lineated Woodpecker, Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Rose-throated Becard, Masked Tityra, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Thick-billed Kingbird, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Nutting´s Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Tufted Flycatcher, Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Raven, Black-throated Magpie Jay, White-throated Magpie Jay, San Blas Jay, White-bellied Wren, Northern (common) Mockingbird, White-throated Robin, Rufous-backed Robin, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-capped Vireo, Cassin´s Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Golden Vireo, Yellow-green Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Tropical Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, MacGillibray´s Warbler, Red-breasted Chat, Wilson´s Warbler, Yellow-winged Cacique, Bronzed (Red-eyed) Cowbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Orchard Oriole, Hooded Oriole, Streak-backed Oriole, Scrub Euphonia, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Grayish Saltator, Yellow Grosbeak, Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Orange-breasted Bunting, Blue Bunting, Indigo Bunting, Varied Bunting, Painted Bunting, White-collared Seedeater, Blue-black Grassquit, Stripe-headed Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Black-headed Siskin, House Sparrow.

Birding tours Puerto Vallarta to San Blas -RIVIERA NAYARIT-

with Gerardo Hernández Vázquez
Bilingual (English-Spanish) Guide Specialized in Nature-oriented Tourism

On our private guided birding tour for you and your group to San Blas, Nayarit, We will pick you up at your hotel or private villa in the Puerto Vallarta area at 6:00 a.m. We’ll then drive for about 3 hours north of Puerto Vallarta to San Blas, Nayarit. We will go on a boat river trip thru the mangroves in the San Cristobal estuary, better known as La Tobara, after one of the water springs that feed the estuary, looking for such species as Northern Potoo, Boat-billed Heron, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Limpkin.

Tecuitata is the new birding site in San Blas area
locate at 25 Kilometers from San Blas,  endemic birds: Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, Colima Pygmy-Owl, Citreoline Trogon, Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, Mexican Parrotlet, Lilac-crowned Parrot, Golden Vireo, Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Sinaloa Crow, Happy Wren, Sinaloa Wren, Blue Mockingbird.                                                                              Bird list, birding trip -MAY-20-2014-                                                                                                                                                  Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Gray Hawk, Red-billed Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-tipped Dove, Colima Pygmy-Owl, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Citreoline Trogon, Elegant Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Laughing Falcon, Orange-fronted Parakeet, Mexican Parrotlet, Lilac-crowned Parrot, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper , Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Bright-rumped Attila, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Masked Tityra, Golden Vireo, Yellow-green Vireo, Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Sinaloa Crow, Happy Wren, Sinaloa Wren, White-throated Thrush, Rufous-backed Robin, Blue Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Grayish Saltator, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Varied Bunting, Bronzed Cowbird, Streak-backed Oriole, Yellow-winged Cacique .

CERRO DE SAN JUAN                                                                                                                                  

Russet.crowned Motmot, White-striped Woodcreeper, Pine Flycatcher, Black-throated Magpie Jay, Spotted Wren, Sinaloa Wren, Bronw -backed Solitare, Blue Mockingbird, Grey Silky Flycatcher, Rusty Sparrow, Red-headed Tanager, 

 

San Sebastian -endemics to the mountain forest-

with Gerardo Hernández Vazquéz.

Bilingual (English-Spanish) Guide Specialized in Nature-oriented Tourism.

On our private guided birding tours, for you and your group, to San Sebastian del Oeste, endemics of highland, We will pick you up at your hotel or private villa in the Puerto Vallarta area at 6:00 a.m. Then we’ll drive for about 2 hours to San Sebastian del Oeste, locate in the West Sierra Madre Mountains, From here we will go to the road to La Bufa. La Bufa is the highest elevation in the region and is covered by a cloud forest, the home to an important number of particularly interesting species of birds, like Bumblebee Hummingbird, Mountain Trogon, Spotted Wren, Blue Mockingbird, Brown-Backed Solitaire, Gray Silky -Flycatcher-, Rufous-capped Warbler, Red-headed Tanager, Black-headed Siskin, Collared Towhee, Rufous-capped brushfinch The scenery changes dramatically as you leave the Valley of Banderas on the way to the West Sierra Madre Mountains. Temperature also drops a few degrees as you drive up to the mountains, there is a rapid ascension from sea level to 1,480 meters above sea level. It can be clearly perceived how the tropical forest is left behind to give way to the sub deciduous mixed forest, only to see it replaced with the pine-oak forest soon after. Tropical Montane Cloud Forests are the most threatened ecosystems at national level, they are of great importance due to the extraordinary biodiversity they support and the hydrological services they provide. San Sebastian del Oeste is a town of approximately 600 inhabitants. Its main attractions are the colonial architecture, the San Sebastian parish dating from 1608, with an adjacent small museum of archaeology and history. San Sebastian del Oeste-La Bufa.

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MARIETAS | ISLANDS

Bird and whale watching tours to The Marietas Islands

bird watching all year round, whale watching Dec-08 thru March-23-
with Gerardo Hernández Vázquez
Bilingual (English-Spanish) Guide Specialized in Nature-oriented Tourism.

 

On our private guided bird and whale watching tours, for you and your group, We will pick you up at your hotel or private villa in the Puerto Vallarta area at 8:00 am. or at your cruise ship, then We will drive to Punta de Mita, and to board an outboard-motored panga boat, driven by a certified captain.

In the early hours of the morning the sea is calm, making sailing smooth and making whale watching more enjoyable, providing great photo opportunities and to witness courtship rituals, lobtailing, breaching and flipper-slapping as well calves under the protective watch of their mothers and accompanying males.
Motoring the channels between the islands is amazing. Thousands of Blue-footed boobies and Brown Boobies, Elegant Terns, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Heermann´s Gulls adults and juveniles alike can be seen perched atop the cliffs or flying in circles above. Our private guided tours incluide the boat (2 hours)

During the season from November to March each year, humpback whales swim along the eastern shores of the Pacific Ocean from the cold northern waters to the Bay of Banderas to carry out the rituals of courtship and mating, and to have their calves in the welcoming, relatively warmer waters of this region.
The annual migration of the whales has always been a known fact, but it is only in recent years that whale watching has become relevant as a recreational activity for visitors and residents alike.
The Ministry of Tourism has taken it upon itself to train tour guides and boat captains offering activities such as sport fishing and boat rides on the bay to have whale watching enjoyed without altering the natural life of the ocean.

On a recent whale watching excursion guided by Certified Guide Gerardo Hernandez, specialized in nature-oriented tourism and certified by the Tourism Ministry in whale watching, we enjoyed the view of such magnificent mammals, the largest in the world, and some of the largest living creatures in nature.
Aboard a “panga” with a certified boat captain we motored west to the Marieta Islands,a short 20 minute traverse, in whose surroundings humpback whales are most likely to be found.
It wasn’t long before our guide pointed out to the presence of a whale group made up of a mother, a calf and an escort. Water jets could be seen in the distance, indicating the presence of the whales. We turned that way and as we approached, the boat slowed down to maintain the distance established by the regulations. We were in awe, watching the magnificent spectacle: the calf frolicked alongside its mother. Other boats soon joined in the watching, escorting the group eastward.
We could hear the exclamations coming from the other boats, joining our own as we rejoiced in the acrobatic demonstrations of the baby whale, while its mother patiently watched over it, and showed only her back and dorsal fin.
As Gerardo saw the number of boats near the whales increase, he suggested turning the boat around and looking for other group of whales, not to overwhelm the mother and its calf. On route to the Marietas in search of other whales, we encountered a large number of marine birds, feeding on schools of fish. Pretty soon we had other groups of whales in sight, and headed towards them.
Again, we were presented with the wonderful experience of watching the enormous marine mammals breaching impressively.
That day there was a lot of whale activity: at a given moment, we had five different groups of whales surrounding us. Being near these huge animals is a very intense experience that combines the sensation of being at sea, with the sun and the breeze, witnessing the activities of the cetaceans, which include courtship and the care for the calves.
Always in search of whales, we motored past the Marietas, and when the time to return came, we passed near the islands, and marveled at one more spectacle: hundreds of marine birds of various species perched on the rocky formations. the Marieta Islands are a protected natural area and a bird sanctuary for marine birds like the blue footed booby.
As we made our way back to shore, expressions of joy and satisfaction were on the faces of the passengers. Comments among fellow passengers revived the highlights of the trip, a beautiful morning in the company of the humpback whales, the yearly VIP visitors to the Bay of Banderas.

NATURE VALLARTA
Bird and whale watching tour
www.naturevallarta.com
gerardomexico@yahoo.com.mx
Phone (322) 227 9750
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco México
Photos by -Fotos de- Gerardo Hernández Vázquez

CULTURE

GUACHIMONTONES PYRAMIDS

Circular pyramids above the Mexican town of Teuchitlán date between 200 B.C. and A.D.
This complex society, responsible for the area’s shaft tombs, reached its peak between 200 B.C. and A.D. 350, when more than 50,000 people may have lived within 15 miles of the Tequila volcano.

HUICHOL INDIANS

The Huichol Indians inhabit the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico, which includes parts of the states of Nayarit and Jalisco.
Art, culture, history and shamanic traditions of the last pre-columbian tribe.

PETROGLYPHS IN MASCOTA

On our private guided tours, for you and your group, to the archaeological Patolli Petroglyphs in Mascota, Jalisco (El Refugio) and Archaeology Museum in Mascota. We will pick you up at your hotel or private villa en Puerto Vallarta area.

PUERTO VALLARTA CITY TOUR

On our private guided Puerto Vallarta City Tour, for you and your group, We will pick you up at your hotel, private villa in Puerto Vallarta or at your cruise ship at the port terminal, Then We will go to the Malecon, which has always been the heart of town, the meeting point for Vallartans. A series of bronze sculptures by renowned Jalisco artists have been installed along the boardwalk. At the end of the promenade is the main square, which is surrounded by some of the city landmarks: the Church of Guadalupe, with is unmistakable crowned tower, and the City Hall.

SAN BLAS

On our private guided tour for you and your group to San Blas and La Tovara We will pick you up at your hotel or private villa in the Puerto Vallarta area at 7:00 a.m. We’ll then drive ( 3 hours) north to the State of Nayarit. Certainly one of the highlights of a trip to San Blas is an a boat trip through the mangroves in the San Cristobal estuary, better known as La Tobara, after one of the water springs that feed the estuary. famous for roosting Boat-billed Herons, along the way keep an eye out for the ever present River Crocodiles.

SAN SEBASTIAN DEL OESTE

On our private guided tour for you and your group to San Sebastian del Oeste We will pick you up at your hotel or private villa (or at your cruise ship) in the Puerto Vallarta area at 9:00 a.m. We’ll then drive for about 90 minutes on our air conditioned van to San Sebastian del Oeste, located in the West Sierra Madre Mountains at 1,391 meters above sea level, (SISTEMA DE INFORMACIÓN ESTADÍSTICA Y GEOGRÁFICA DE JALISCO).

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NATURE VALLARTA

BIRDING Tours in Puerto Vallarta

  • Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
    Mexico.
  • Gerardo Hernández Vázquez
    Bilingual (English-Spanish) Guide
    Specialized in Nature-oriented
    Tourism.
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