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Pelican at Lake Chapala

Pelican at Lake Chapala

Every year, thousands of American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) fly 4,000 kilometers south from their normal habitats in central Canada to enjoy western Mexico’s warm winter. November to April is Pelican-watching season at Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake, located 400 kilometers northwest of Mexico City.

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White Pelicans at Petatan

White Pelicans at Petatan

Some 2000 White Pelicans line up daily for free meals at the pueblo of Petatán on the eastern end of Lake Chapala, creating a spectacle for birdwatchers and tourists.

2000 Pelicans Gather Daily in Lake Chapala

2000 Pelicans Gather Daily in Lake Chapala

The White Pelican is a large bird with a wingspan of up to three meters and may weigh up to seven kilograms. It does not dive-bomb fish as do some other pelicans, which may explain why it finds Lake Chapala particularly attractive.

Feeding American White Pelicans at Petatan

Feeding American White Pelicans at Petatan

Pelican Spectacle at Lake Chapala, American White Pelicans Spend the Winter near Guadalajara, Mexico.

Petatan, Michoacan

Petatan, Michoacan

For the last 30 years, the pelicans have been enjoying free meals provided by several maquiladoras, foreign-owned enterprises which take advantage of Mexico’s low wage scale. These are situated in the little pueblos of Petatán and Cojumatlán de Régules at the eastern end of Lake Chapala, in the Mexican state of Michoacán.

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About Mexico Regions

Mexico is located in the northern region of the American continent between the Gulf of Mexico on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. It is bordered by the United States on the north and by Guatemala and Belize on the south. Mexico’s land area extends 1,964,375 sq km, which is divided into six tourist regions

Northern Mexico. Known for its extreme weather conditions and characterized by its deserts, nature reserves and rugged mountain ranges. Some cities in the region are key industrial and business centers.

Central Mexico. The Mexican heartland. Here you’ll find plenty of natural surroundings, picturesque towns full of life and color, and beautiful colonial cities, some of which have been declared World Heritage sites.

Southern Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico. Lined with the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, this region offers an abundance of marshes, mangrove swamps and forests, all of which are ideal for ecotourism outings and exciting outdoor adventures.

The Yucatan Peninsula. The gateway to the Mayan world. Here you can enjoy the white-sand beach resorts and the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, where you can scuba dive along the world’s second largest coral reef. You can also swim in fresh water pools in submerged caverns, known as cenotes.

The Pacific Coast. In this region, you’ll find cities and towns with rich cultural and culinary traditions, as well as some of the best beaches for water sports like surfing and fishing.

The Baja California Peninsula. Territory that has been inhabited from time immemorial, in this region you can play golf on world-class courses, discover the underwater treasures of the Sea of Cortez, and witness the amazing migration of the Gray Whale.

Mexico’s 32 states are truly diverse, as each one has countless tourist destinations offering a wide array of activities. When planning your trip to Mexico, don’t forget to consult: Trip Advisor in Lake Chapala and Ajijic

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