Batty Hidalgo, Mexico

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Parque ecologico cubitos

All tours are operated independently of IBRC/NASBR, and organized by generous volunteers. As with all travel, we strongly encourage participants to secure appropriate travel insurance including trip cancellation and travel health insurance.

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Dates: Saturday August 13 to Thursday August 18

Travel: Pick-up and drop-off at Mexico City Airport

Cost: $1600 (flights not included)
Minimum: 12 people  Maximum: 16 people
Includes transportation to all sites, travelers insurance, meals, snacks, and beverages, four nights in a hotel (double), entrance to attractions, and bilingual tour guides.

Magic and Batty Hidalgo
Travelers will be amazed by the traditions, landscapes, cuisine, and diversity of bats that can be found in Hidalgo, a Mexican state located in the central region of the country. Hidalgo is known for its “Pueblos mágicos” (magic towns), places recognized for their beautiful architecture and traditions. During this week, our visitors will visit some of these magical places, as well as walk through traditional Agave plantations, the origin of one of the most popular products from Mexico, Pulque, and learn about its production. They will also see a natural geyser, and swim in the pools next to it. Eat typical food from the region, and buy some handcraft in the local markets. And, the main attraction, visit caves, and forested areas to meet Mexican bat species. Nectar bats, insectivorous and frugivorous bats would be present during this trip.

General Recommendations:
People taking this tour should be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and follow the local regulations and social protocols for protection against Covid-19 (including wearing face masks). Everyone meant to interact with bats and other fauna needs to be vaccinated against rabies. Attendants will need to bring their equipment (headlamps, protective gloves, insect repellent, boots, and comfortable clothes). Also, a swimming suit, and a jacket. Medical insurance is advised, and any special needs (such as allergies) should be informed at arrival. Special medication is the full responsibility of the tourist.

Saturday, August 13th
15:00 Welcoming and Transportation from Mexico City-Airport to Pachuca City, Hidalgo.
17:00 Check-in at the hotel.
18:30 City tour in Pachuca.
21:00 Dinner at the hotel.

Sunday August 14th
08:00 Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 Agave plantations Tour
14:00 Lunch time
16:00 Return to Pachuca.
17:00 Free-time
19:00 Tour to Ecological Park “Cubitos” to see nectar-feeding bats (Choeronycteris mexicana and Leptonycteris nivalis).
22:30 Dinner at the hotel.

Monday August 15th
08:00 Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 Tour to “Pueblos Mágicos” Mineral del Monte and Mineral del Chico.
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Visit to Biosphere Reserve “Barranca de Metztitlán”.
19:30 Sighting of bat emergence at “Cueva del guano”- San Pablo Tetlapayac- Metztitlán.
21:30 Dinner at San Pablo Tetlapayac
22:30 Return to Pachuca.

Tuesday August 16th
08:00 Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 Transportation to Tolantongo
11:30 Tour to “Grutas de Tolantongo”.
13:00 Lunch at Tolantongo.
18:00 Return to Pachuca
21:30 Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday August 17th
08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
10:00 Transportation to Teotihuacan.
11.00 Arrival and tour in Teotihuacan archeological site.
13:30 Lunch at Teotihuacan
18:00 Return to Pachuca
20:30 Thematic Dinner “Hidalgo en la piel”

Thursday August 18th
08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
10:00 Return to Mexico City airport.