Our Veracruz & Eastern Sierras Extension takes in some of the major highlights of the Lower Gulf of Mexico, covering the towns of Xalapa for such delights as Stricklands Woodpecker, Rufous-naped Wren, Mexican Sheartail, Canivet’s Emerald and the elusive Bearded Wood Partridge before heading to Tuxtepec and Valle Nacional for Sumichrast’s Wren, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, White-faced Quail-Dove, the incredibly rare Dwarf Jay and Red Warbler.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Strickland's Woodpecker, Rufous-naped Wren, Mexican Sheartail, Canivet’s Emerald, Bearded Wood Partridge, Sumichrast’s & White-bellied Wren, Slate-colored Solitaire, Long-billed Thrasher, White-Naped Brushfinch, Bronze-winged Woodpecker, Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Blue-capped & Lesson’s Motmot, Gartered Trogon, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Emerald-chinned and Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, Barred Parakeet, Black-faced Antthrush, Azure-hooded and Unicolored Jay, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, Berylline Hummingbird, Dwarf Jay (rare)
Habitats Covered
semi-deciduous tropical forest, shade grown coffee, subtropical cloud forest, pine oak forest, volcanic slopes, wetlands
Expected Climate
hot with varying levels of humidity, can get chilly at higher elevations
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Ease of Birding
easy birding with some tough species
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
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Mexico was a blast! I saw 81 lifers on the extension and another 86 on the main trip. Our local guide, Eric, was great. He is young, enthusiastic, has good ears and eyes and knows his birds and their behaviours very well. I quickly dubbed him 'Mr Never-give-up' as he would keep at it until we saw each bird. I also thoroughly enjoyed Chris Sharpe's company and his knowledge about many things.

Our tour leaders produced a very successful tour. They worked together well and their skills complemented each other. Chris's education and experience provided us with a plethora of knowledge and fun facts. His personnel skills were put to the test with quite a diverse group of birders with an assortment of desires. He succeeded well. One could not ask for a better local guide than Eric. He knows every nook and cranny of his turf. He knows the birds well and multiple sites to look for each species. He has very good eyes and ears. But for me, his strongest characteristic is his genuine desire to find every target for the group. His persistence is unmatched. It paid off several times. I enjoyed the trip.

A good trip... The trip focused on endemics and extraordinary time and effort went into this. The local guide, Eric, knew his patch and earned the name Mr P (for persistence) - but he did get the difficult birds! I achieved my personal birding goals... and I again thank Rockjumper for that.

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