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Monarch Sanctuaries

Various dates from January through March of 2020

OVERVIEW of Monarch Sanctuaries Package

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.

ITINERARY

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.

Day 1
Sunday
  • Arrival
  • Morelia airport hotel
Day 2
Monday
  • Breakfast
  • Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Reserve
  • Tlalpujahua de RayĂłn 
Day 3
Tuesday
  • Breakfast
  • Dos Estrellas Mine
Day 4
Wednesday
  • Breakfast
  • El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve
  • Hotel Rancho San Cayetano
Day 5
Thursday
  • Breakfast
  • Spa day at the hotel
  • Explore Zitacuaro
Day 6
Friday
  • Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Reserve
  • Morelia airport hotel
Day 7
Saturday
  • Departure

Groups are limited to 10 participants

7 day tours are $1250 (double occupancy)

10 day “Carnaval” tour is $1450 (double occupancy)

TESTIMONIALS

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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.

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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.

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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.

DATES, PRICES & INFORMATION

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Various dates from January through March of 2020

  • Transportation to and from Morelia International Airport (MLM)
  • All accommodations
  • Admission Fees
  • Ground Transportation
  • All Guides
  • Breakfast every day
  • Airfare to Morelia International Airport (MLM)
  • Travel Insurance – Proof of travel insurance is required for all travelers.
  • Lunch and Dinner
    • Plan on spending approximately $300 on food, souvenirs, gifts and tips during the trip.
  • Single Occupancy
    • There is an additional $200 fee for the 7 day trip and $300 fee for the 10 day trip for single occupancy

  • There are non-stop flights from Houston, Oakland, Chicago Midway, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Fresno
  • Non-stop flights are available on American, United and Volaris
  • Connecting flights are available through Mexico City and other locations
  • If you need help finding a flight let us know and we’ll assist you in finding the best flight from your destination

The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves that we visit are the principal Mexican migration stops for the entire population of Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains. The number of Monarchs that return to Mexico is dependent on multiple factors during their life cycle; including climate, nectar sources, milkweed and available habitat. The Monarchs are affected by the temperature and on cool days will be seen roosting in the trees. As the day warms the butterflies begin to disperse in search of nectar. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll see thousands of insects filling the skies we do have the opportunity over the course of the week to see three locations which each have their specific attractions. We’ll be in contact with the guides at each sanctuary and may adjust our itinerary to be able to see the most active sites.

Meals include fresh vegetables and tropical fruit. Corn tortillas are served with most meals. Chicken and pork are the most common meats. Vegetarian options are usually available. There are many local specialties that you will be able to try. Michoacán is known for its sweets and open air markets with local seasonal variations.

The weather is generally dry and warm during this time of year. The Monarch sanctuaries are located between 6000-9000 feet above sea level. As you arrive at high elevations however it will be cooler. Temperatures in January at the reserves are usually 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

VIDEOS

Upcoming Trips

Jan
5
Sun
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Jan 5 – Jan 11 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]
Jan
12
Sun
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Jan 12 – Jan 18 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]
Jan
19
Sun
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Jan 19 – Jan 25 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]
Jan
26
Sun
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Jan 26 – Feb 1 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]
Feb
2
Sun
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Feb 2 – Feb 8 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]
Feb
9
Sun
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Feb 9 – Feb 15 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]
Feb
22
Sat
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip – Butte... @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip – Butte... @ Michoacán
Feb 22 – Mar 1 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip - Butterflies and Tlalpujahua Carnaval Odyssey @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]
Mar
8
Sun
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Mar 8 – Mar 14 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]
Mar
15
Sun
2020
all-day Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Mar 15 – Mar 21 all-day
Monarch Sanctuaries Trip @ Michoacán
Travel to Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves Encounter millions of butterflies suspended on the limbs of oyamel pine trees. Deep in the mountains of Mexico experience the magnificent biodiversity unique to our hemisphere. Join the[...]