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On this year’s World Wetland Day, the WWF put The Pantanal firmly on the map with a campaign highlighting an area larger than England that makes up three per cent of the entire world’s wetlands. As one of our favourite destinations, it deserves the attention: packed with wildlife, including giant anteaters, capuchin monkeys and elusive jaguars, the Pantanal is still a relative secret to tourists: far fewer visitors travel to this incredible wilderness than to Brazil’s other more famous animal-viewing region, the Amazon Rainforest. This year, Awesome Experiences is running trips during the short dry season from July to November, when the area’s waterways shrink, making it possible to traverse the incredible landscape by land. In partnership with the Pantanal’s most respected lodges, we’ve arranged canoe trips through the mangroves to see giant otters at play, night safaris to search for caiman, ocelot and jaguar, and forays by horse into otherwise inaccessible stretches of this vast wilderness. Go now – before the world catches on.


Coco is this year’s most talked-about child-friendly flick– a Mexican mariachi extravaganza set on the Día de los Muertos, in a colourful world of music, skeletons and multiple marigold decorations. But the real celebrations – across the country between October 21 and November 2 – are even more magical. Immerse yourself in this year’s festivities on a week-long extravaganza with Awesome Experiences, and you’ll get to watch ancient Aztec dances, visit cemeteries heady with incense and town squares packed with floral offerings, and see some of Mexico’s most exciting sites along the way. You’ll also spend time in the colourful colonial city of Morelia, where Coco first premiered.


Growing up to 40 feet long, whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea – but they only eat plankton and krill. These captivating creatures lead such mysterious lives that they warranted an entire episode of Blue Planet II. But, right now (November to March), there’s the chance to get acquainted with these gentle, polka-dot giants while they winter in the warm winters off the Pacific coast of Mexico. Thanks to a relatively large population, this country is the best place in the world to spend time with the endangered creatures – snorkeling alongside them as they float gracefully along. For a really wild experience, we’ve come up with an adventure that combines the incredible opportunity of swimming with them and witnessing another amazing natural phenomenon – the Monarch butterfly migration in the forests surrounding Angangueo in central Mexico.


There are journeys, and then there’s the 3,000-mile flight from Canada to central Mexico, made by Monarch butterflies who rest in the oyamel fir trees around the sleepy village of Angangueo from December to the end of February. Dripping from every branch and fluttering through the sun-dappled air, they make an incredible sight, and the icing on the cake of our adventure through the highlights of Central Mexico. Book now, to see one of the world’s most delicate natural wonders as you traverse pristine forest by horse and on foot. As featured in a number of David Attenborough wildlife series in recent years.

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