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Where to begin? Action-packed adventures on land and sea, lazy days on sugar-white sands, exploring ancient ruins, discovering new cultures – whatever your clients like to do, you’ll find it in Mexico. Here are some ideas, but with so much to do, it’s only a start. WHAT TO DO ANIMAL Magnetism CREATURE FEATURES On the Riviera Maya, it’s not unusual to see coatimundis, cuddlylooking raccoon-like creatures, playing in the mangroves. For more exotic encounters, a hike into El Cielo Biosphere (near Ciudad Victoria in the state of Tamaulipas) has yielded more than a few black bear, jaguar, wildcat and deer sightings. Keep an eye out for pumas, river otters and white tail deer in the Copper Canyon in the state of Chihuahua. And see how boas have adapted to catching bats in the Cave of the Hanging Snakes near the colonial town of Valladolid outside Cancun. If you like wildlife – it’s everywhere, starting with the humming birds outside your hotel room and spider monkeys swinging through gardens to protected jaguars prowling remote jungles and whales frolicking off shore. Here are some of the ways to observe—and interact—with Mexico’s fabulous fauna. SEA SENSATIONS Cozying up to sea creatures is a thrill to marine-minded clients in resorts throughout Mexico. In Puerto Vallarta, Vallarta Adventure Tours new Dolphin Extreme Swim lets you free-swim, where participants ride and play with dolphins underwater. At Xcaret EcoPark on the Riviera Maya, you can swim with reef sharks. If that’s not enough of rush, speed through the water propelled by a dolphin under each foot on Xcaret’s Unique Dolphin Swim. Hug, feed and swim with manatees at Xel-Ha Cancun eco park. For bigger thrills, take your group sailing in 15-foot pangas (motorized dinghies) for a whale-watching adventure to see dozens of 50-foot, 36-ton Pacific gray whales and their babies. Get up close from February through April, when the whales relax in Magdalena Bay (an hour from Loreto, Baja) before swimming north to Alaska. You can snorkel with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez, or cozy up to sleeping sharks and docile whale sharks at Isla Mujeres off the coast of Cancun. If your clients are up for an outdoor challenge, Mexico will test their personal bests in exhilarating ways. OUTDOOR Action NEED FOR SPEED Racing at top speeds in a Lamborghini, Ferrari and other top-performing autos – and you in the driver’s seat – is a car enthusiast’s dream come true at Exotic Rides in Cancun. Either on the private race track or a four-hour road tour through the spectacular Riviera Maya, participants put pedal to the metal, with a pro in the passenger seat. Customized short and full-day racing programs are sure to supercharge meeting and incentive attendees. FLYING HIGH Beauty takes wing throughout Mexico, with birds and butterflies by the millions. Bird lovers see pink at Rio Lagartos and Rio Celestun natural preserves outside Cancun, where thousands of flamingos strut their stuff for onlookers boating through the serene lagoons. The Sierra Gorda Biosphere near Queretaro is a great spot to view vivid blue military macaws, fork-tailed emerald humming birds and 356 other avian species. Group tours can be arranged with Sierra Gorda Eco Tours. From November through March, millions of Monarch butterflies turn the trees in the state of Michoacan bright orange during their annual migration from Canada. Santuario de la Mariposa El Rosario, three hours from Morelia, is a prime viewing spot. PEAK PERFORMANCE Mexico is renowned for mountain climbing. At 18,490 feet, Pico de Orizaba in the state of Veracruz is North America’s third highest peak. You can arrange treks through the snow and glaciers with operators such as International Mountain Guides. Or take a break from meetings in Monterrey to rock climb on the nearby world-class cliffs of El Potrero Chico. The whiteknuckle thrills of class V river rapids add excitement to programs in Veracruz, and the rush of ATVs, an ever popular event with delegates will wow them from Los Cabos to Cancun. 30 WHAT TO DO

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MMIP 2012

Here and There
Face to Face
Valuable Partners
Meeting Resources
Centers of Attention
The Right Stuff
What to Do
Mexico's Cooking
Baja California
Mundo Maya
Mexican Caribbean
Pacific Coast
Mexico Meetings Hotels

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