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Pre-Conference Tour

Announcing a Pre-Conference Tour of the Tillandsias & Other Bromeliads in Southern Mexico!

May 15-May 28 [tentative]

Mexico Nature Tours is pleased to once again announce collaboration with Pamela Koide-Hyatt, to offer a Tillandsia and other bromeliad sweep in southern Mexico as the pre-conference tour for the Bromeliad Society International World Conference in San Diego, California in 2018.  The pre-conference tour dates are tentatively scheduled for May 15-May 28. This tour fits perfectly before the BSI conference, which runs May 29-June 3.

The tour will begin in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and end in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico on May 28, 2018 (14 days/13 nights).  We will travel in a luxurious, 20 passenger minibus.  Our group size will be limited to 12 participants per vehicle with plush seats and air-conditioning.  The tour price will include hotels, meals (and tips), beverages, transportation, fuel, guide costs, tolls, entry fees, and snacks from point of origin in Oaxaca to point of departure in Tuxtla Gutierrez (airfare is not included).  The price per person is $4,350 USD double occupancy with a single supplement of $530.  A portion of each participant’s trip fee includes a donation to World Bromeliad Society Committee.

Our organizer, Jeff Chemnick, has been leading botanical eco-tours throughout Mexico for over 30 years to show groups the most sought after plant families in the country.  Jeff, the owner/operator of Mexico Nature Tours (, is a member of the IUCN Cycad Specialist Group and is currently co-authoring a book on the cycads of Mexico.  Pamela Koide-Hyatt, the owner/operator of Bird Rock Tropicals, will be along.  Pam has been researching Tillandsias in Mexico for over 30 years.  Pamela is a world expert on the genus Tillandsia. As a grower and hybridizer, she has introduced many species and varieties into cultivation. Pamela is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences.

Jeff Chemnick and Pamela Koide-Hyatt will be joining forces on the tour again, having done a similar successful trip previously.  Together, they have more than 60 years combined experience traversing Mexico in search of plants.  Mexico Nature Tours has just confirmed the 2018 dates for the BSI pre-conference Tillandsia – Bromeliad Sweep Ecotour in southern Mexico.  The tour in January of 2017 sold out with participants from the United States, Australia and New Zealand. They were pleasantly surprised to see 82 species of Bromeliads (mostly Tillandsia) including several natural hybrids.  Tillandsias at this time are luxuriant in their bloom display.

For additional information and reservations, contact Jeff via email: or call Jeff: (805) 705-3397.  We are looking forward to having you aboard!

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