Various dates from January through March of 2020
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves
Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere deep in the mountains of Mexico . Join the Monarchs. Escape the winter cold. This winter excursion is designed to focus on the phenomenon of North America’s migratory Monarch butterflies. Three full days are set aside to visit three different sanctuaries and learn about Mexican efforts to promote environmentally-sound economic practices in the delicate ecosystem of the Sierra Madre. Besides being educational, we want this trip to be fun as well. That’s why we’ve included time to meet local people, swim, sample delicious Mexican cooking, time to and visit traditional sites of Michoacán while being warmed by the Mexican sunshine. Join us on this late-winter adventure. Follow the butterflies to the warm mountains of Mexico.
The following is a sample itinerary.
All Monarch Odyssey tours will include visits to three butterfly sanctuaries and will vary depending on where we stay in order to take advantage of seasonal activities in the area or special interests such as hot springs, historical sights or local festivals. There is also a special trip at the end of February that includes a traditional “carnaval” festival unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else.
Groups are limited to 10 participants
7 day tours are $1250 (double occupancy)
10 day “Carnaval” tour is $1450 (double occupancy)
Peggy Haas, Menominee Falls, WI
When my horse and I arrived at the mountaintop clearing at El Rosario Sanctuary and I saw thousands and thousands of Monarchs swirling around me, as though in an orange snow globe, my heart stopped. It’s a phenomenon unlike any I’ve ever witnessed. I wish everyone could have a chance to see this natural wonder.
Gayle Jones, Madison, WI
These tours take you to the real Mexico. Everyone is kind, friendly, and welcoming – even if you don’t speak Spanish! The area is very rich in history and culture, and Mexicans are eager to share that with us. The food is wonderful! You can appreciate beautiful natural vistas and impressive architecture. I found some kind of pleasant surprise every day of the trip.
John Simmons, New York, NY
I’ve gone on two Conocer /Odyssey trips and both were very well organized. The Mexican guides did everything imaginable to make the trip enjoyable and comfortable. They know the regions geography, history and culture very well because they’ve lived it. They are eager to share it with visitors.