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Veracruz, Mexico – River of Raptors Tour

September 30th to October 8th, 2016

Veracruz, Mexico

Join HMANA for the hawk-watching experience of a lifetime! Our tour is planned during the peak of fall migration, when daily counts may number over 200,000 raptors including Broad-winged and Swainson’s Hawks.

Each fall season an average of four and a half million hawks of nearly 30 species, including greater than two million Broad-winged Hawks, are recorded from two count sites in central Veracruz, Mexico. Along with mind-boggling numbers of other migrant bird species – Wood Storks, Anhingas, White Pelicans, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers among them – these raptors are funneled into a 15-mile-wide bottleneck between the mountains and the Gulf of Mexico. Counts in recent years have confirmed that Veracruz is host to the most concentrated raptor migration in the world and receives over 90% of the world population of Swainson’s and Broad-winged hawks, and Mississippi Kites.

The tour will highlight the high diversity and number of raptor and non-raptor migrants (including dragonflies and butterflies – which number over one million per day!), as well as the conservation of these species that is being led by Pronatura-Veracruz. We will also focus on some of the region’s specialty bird species including up to 25 endemics. There will be time for stops at archaeological sites such as Cortez’ first Spanish colony, and cultural immersion, including excellent local food, throughout the tour.

Participant numbers are limited to ensure a quality experience for everyone.

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Tour Leaders:

Phil Brown, HMANA Tour Guide

Eduardo Martinez, Pronatura Biologist

Ernesto Ruelas-Inzunza, Veracruz Hawk Watch Co-founder, former HMANA/RPI Staff

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Cost for nine day tour: $2800

Initial Deposit: $500 to reserve space (first come, first serve)

Single supplement: $400

Cost includes:

  • All ground transportation and an experienced driver
  • Expert local and bilingual guides, and expert HMANA guide
  • All admission fees
  • All meals in Mexico (wine/beer are extra), snacks and water daily
  • Lodging in comfortable rooms
  • Instruction in hawk identification
  • Special introduction to raptor conservation programs in Mexico
  • A contribution to Pronatura Veracruz’s raptor conservation program

Airfare is not included.  The tour begins and ends in Veracruz.  The round-trip airfare to Veracruz will vary with city of origin but is estimated at $600-800 per person. Contact Julie Brown at before making any reservations.

Please read HMANA’s Tour Refund Policy before making your payment.

For more information, contact Julie Brown at

Save your spot! Register NOW for HMANA’s River of Raptors Tour in Veracruz, Mexico.