Flight of the Monarchs: High in the Sierra Madres, the butterflies are literally everywhere
Butterfly sanctuary trek in Mexican mountains an eye-opening time
The butterflies are everywhere – swirling about our faces, alighting on bushes, quivering in the sunshine on nectar-laden lupines.
Thousands upon thousands of delicate orange-and-black Monarchs fill our view. When clouds scuttle overhead, we even hear the susurration of their wings, like soft rain falling, as they flutter to the trees to huddle in clumps. It’s quite magical – almost otherworldly. Read More
Learning Adventures – Escorted Group Tour, February 23-March 1, 2017
You will simply love this truly privileged trip that few enjoy. Marvel at the magic beauty of the shimmering color & movement of millions of Monarch Butterflies that winter near Morelia, Michoacán. The Oyumel Fir Tree Forest highlands of the western Sierras are the perfect refuge for the Monarchs. Commune with them as they personally greet you, resting on your arms & head.
Two hundred & fifty million of these fragile Monarch Butterflies migrate 2500 miles from Canada to the Western Sierra Madre mountain range in central Mexico for the winter. Learn about this epic journey & experience that special encounter as you meet these amazing creatures face to face in their winter refuge. On this enchanting guided trip spend two days walking through two of their protected winter sanctuaries.
This enchanting vacation trip offers the wonderful variety of a privileged visit to two of the protected sanctuaries of the Monarch Butterflies, colonial history, and the unique small colorful folk art villages of Michoacán with centuries-old traditions still alive today. It is suitable for anyone in good health that likes to walk and has a spirit of adventure to enjoy off-the-beaten-track places. Butterfly Sanctuary altitudes are 9,000-10,000 ft elevation & some walks are on steep, rocky paths. Horses are available in some places. All hotels are very comfortable and located in the heart of the historic districts.
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Tour
Day 1 — Arrive in Morelia; Hotel Virrey de Mendoza. No Meals included this day.
Day 2 — Folk Art Villages Trip, Hotel Virrey de Mendoza. B, D
Day 3– Trip To Patzcuaro, Sta. Clara de Cobre and return to Morelia; Hotel Virrey de Mendoza. B,D
Day 4– El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary; overnight in Angangueo. B, snack lunch, D
Day 5– El Chincua Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary; Hotel Virrey de Mendoza, Morelia. B, snack lunch, D
Day 6 — Morning historic walking trip of Morelia; Free Afternoon; Hotel Virrey de Mendoza, Morelia B,D
Day 7 — Departure out of Morelia (MLM airport code)
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary package price is $2095 per person double occupancy. Package Includes: all hotels, breakfast and a main meal, all entrance fees, transfers, day trips, and all normal tips (except for local driver/guide). The package does not include airfare travel, airport transfers, local guide tips, meals not specified in the itinerary or trip insurance. Trip begins and ends in Morelia.