Field Trips



Field trip fee: early $50 USD; late $60 USD (after April 30th), includes transportation and boxed lunch.

Technical trips

1. Forest Research Station “El Palmar”

Dr. Carlos Rutilio Monroy Rivera, Jefe de campo




Tel: (278) 733 41 40 y 41

The “El Palmar” Research Station belongs to the National Institute of Research in Forestry, Agriculture, and animal husbandry. It is located at 600 ft above sea level, with an average temperature of 77º F, and 112 inches of precipitation. This Research Station has experiments of different important commercial timber and non-timber tree species, such as mahogany, rubber trees, and cinnamon, among others. It is a very good place to be introduced to tropical forestry.


2. Tropical Forest Reserve “Santa Gertrudis”.

Administered by the “Hernández Ochoa Foundation”

Vega de Alatorre. Sierra de Chiconquiaco, Misantla.

Private reserve.

This is a private natural reserve of approximately 1600 acres, managed by the Hernández Ochoa Foundation. It was created for biodiversity conservation of plants and animals, and it has a very high biodiversity of birds.  “Santa Gertrudis” is one of the first privately owned reserves in Mexico, and collaborates with many education and research Institutions, including the Universidad Veracruzana (UV).

3. Coastal Research Center “La Mancha” (CICOLMA)

Instituto de Ecología AC.

km 26 de la carretera federal 180 Cardel-Nautla. Actopan, Ver.

Dr. Gerardo Mata. Secretario Técnico

Instituto de Ecología, A.C.

Apdo. Post. 63

Xalapa Ver. 91070 México

Tél: 228 842 1824; 8421803

FAX 228 8 42 18 24; 8 18 78 09 ext. 1003

The Coastal Research Center “La Mancha” belongs to the Institute of Ecology. The research center is one of the ground-breaking Institutes in performing research of Coastal Ecosystems in México. Research in Forest Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Biodiversity, and Ecology and Management of Coastal Ecosystems is performed in the research center. It is located nearby Veracruz City. Elevation ranges from sea level up to 170 ft, with an average temperature of 77º F, and 112 inches of precipitation. There are several types of vegetation including: medium semi-deciduous tropical forest, low tropical forest, dunes, savannas, and mangrove. It is an excellent site to observe the vegetation transition, from costal to inland in a very short distance.

Companion trips (leisure)

 1. Coffee Museum

It is located at Km 4 over the highway Coatepec-Las Trancas, in the community “El Grande”, Coatepec, Veracruz, and is a family owned business. Coffee Tour Museum was the first of its kind to immersing visitors in the coffee world in Coatepec, Veracruz. We have being educating and entertaining more than 10,000 visitors per year on a wonderful tour. The coffee is grown under shade, which can be a very important aspect to take into account for biodiversity conservation. Many bird species migrate from the North of the continent to this type of coffee plantations. The museum collection is quite interesting, and allows you to learn the art of professional coffee tasting (the tour includes a coffee tasting example and a visit to a coffee plantation under shade). The tour concludes with a gift store, sometimes with piano music. Food is excellent. We will visit the museum and also the denominated “Magic Town” of Coatepec.

2. Tlacotalpan Bird watching tour

A “Magic Town” along the Papaloapan River.

Tlacotalpan is a beautiful town located on the verge of the “Papaloapan river”, one of the longest rivers in south Mexico.The magic town of Tlacotalpan offers an unusual combination of charm, culture, music, excellent food, and extraordinary bird-watching sites. Tlacotalpan has been declared patrimony of humanity by UNESCO.


More details for NAFEW 2015 field trips coming soon……