For the nature lover who also appreciates cultural luminescence, this butterfly adventure captures the brightest colours of Mexico in just ten days. From the historic streets of Mexico City, you'll travel through stunning national parks, colonial towns and beautiful countryside as you follow the migration of the monarch butterfly. Wander through flutters of butterflies in the reserves of El Rosario and Sierra Chincua. Off the beaten path, this quirky adventure will give you a unique insight into the people and 'mariposas' of Mexico.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Take the morning to explore Mexico City before travelling to Uruapan.
Uruapan is a very traditional Mexican city which retains a little colonial ambience. The Eduardo Ruiz NP is just a 15 minute walk from the town centre.
Local bus (7.00-8.00 hours, 420km)
Take an orientation walk of Uruapan, before a free day to explore. Opt to go horseback riding, visit rural Angahuan, or visit the beautiful waterfall of Eduardo Ruiz National Park.
Start the day off with an optional early morning visit to Eduardo Ruiz NP with its crystal-clear waters in a tropical setting. Later, head to Pátzcuaro.
Spend the afternoon marvelling at the beautiful plazas and colonial buildings in this magical city. This is a great day for shopping, or just sampling some local food and drinks at the numerous outdoor cafés.
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
Take a boat ride across Lake Pátzcuaro to Janitzio. This small island is full of beautiful traditions including the famous "butterfly fishermen", skilled at using their butterfly-shaped nets to catch local fish. View the colossal 40m (131 ft) statue of José Maria Morelos, built as an homage to this independence patriot.
Later visit Tzintzuntzan, the ‘Place of the Hummingbirds', which was the capital of the ancient Tarascan kingdom.
Janitzio Island Visit
Travel to Morelia and enjoy an included city walking tour to get familiar with the city.
This capital of Michoacán state, is a well-preserved colonial city – the historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the atmosphere with a coffee in one of the many cafés around the Zócalo, or main square.
Morelia Guided City Tour
First-class bus (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
Travel through scenic countryside and into towering forests on the way to El Rosario, a magnificent Monarch butterfly sanctuary situated at the top of a steep mountainside. From November to March, see millions of butterflies that have migrated here from Canada and the US. Learn more about their life cylce at the visitor centre, and enjoy walkways and forested trails.
Continue the journey 6km (4 mi) further down the mountain road to the small village of Angangueo, meaning "entrance to the cave" in the Tarascan language. Angangueo is an old mining town that still extracts some lead and silver from the rugged hillsides.
El Rosario Butterfly Reserve Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 130km)
Prepare for a steep climb, but the reward at the end is well worth it. After hiking into the El Capulin Butterfly Reserve, reach Cerro Pelon and prepare to be blown away by the sheer number of monarchs dancing across the sky. Spend the rest of the day exploring Angangueo.
El Capulin Butterfly Reserve Guided Tour
Depart Angangueo in the morning for the 45 minute drive through the volcanic highlands towards the Sierra Chincua reserve to visit a monarch butterfly sanctuary. Enjoy the scenic mile-long hike climbing the hillside as we enter into the forest of tall fir trees of the sanctuary. At an elevation of 3,000m (9,842 ft), hike along a path to where millions of colourful monarchs gather in trees, bushes, and even along the ground.
Continue on to Mexico City for a final evening in the capital.
Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 180km)
Depart at any time.
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Good group size, interesting places we visited, good local guides. Great job Nina.Overall Rating
Everything about this trip was easy and fun. Our guide, Nina, was immediately welcoming and laid-back which set a great tone. The butterflies were absolutely indescribable.Overall Rating
Although I have lived across the border from Mexico (i.e. in New Mexico/USA) for many years, this was the first time I ventured into the interior of Mexico and got a glimpse of its colorful history and culture. Of course our visits to the two Monarch butterfly sanctuaries was the prime reason for signing up for this trip and they were indeed a very unique and wonderful experience I shall never forget.Overall Rating
The trip was fantastic. Our G Adventures guide was attentive, fair, interesting, a fine leader. While all the cities and towns we visited were intriguing and beautiful, the Monarch Butterfly Reserves were the absolute highlights! Amazing and unforgettable.Overall Rating
This is a great trip, off the beaten path with a finale that is a true wonder of nature.Overall Rating
The balance between organized activities and free time was just right. The towns we visited were wonderful and travel days short.Overall Rating
Extreme Fun! Kevin, our tour guide, provided a blend of structure and free time that enhanced enjoyment of the trip. It was marvelous.Overall Rating
Good choice of locations. A variety of things to see and do.Enjoyed the group and the ambiance. The trip gave us the opportunity to interact with the local population and not just other tourists.Overall Rating
the trip was very well planned and the tour guide Kevin was very good.Overall Rating
great balance of activities and people. Hassle free!!!!Overall Rating
I was looking for an affordable trip to see the monarch butterflies and the G Adventures tour provided much more: volcanoes, ruins, UNESCO world heritage sites and more, all to my delight.Overall Rating
this was with an older group, so I thought that the pace would be slow, but much to my delight, we had very full days,and there was always something to do.Overall Rating
I would rate this tour an A+. I was able to see a lot of Mexico in a short period of time without feeling hurried. It was both fun and educational!Overall Rating
I like how the Monarchs were the last part of the trip, because it was spectacular.Overall Rating
We totally enjoyed the tour. We were lucky to have a small group of only 9 people. The butterflies were amazing!Overall Rating
I loved every moment of this trip. We were very lucky to have a great guide and a good group of people to travel with.Overall Rating
A wonderful variety of experiences: city tours, a boat ride, horseback rides to a volcano, and of course, those amazing butterflies! A delightful trip.Overall Rating
This G Adventures Monarch Butterfly Trail trip was a 'dream come true'. Not knowing any Spanish our G Adventures leader enabled us to experience indigenous parts of Mexico off the 'beaten path' that we probably never would have seen had we gone alone. Seeing the Monarchs on those mountains was the closest to Heaven I have ever come. Truly amazing and unbelievable. One of those miraculous moments in life that you know are precious. Thanks for making my dream come true!Overall Rating
This was my first G Adventures tour, and I was very pleased with the format and the whole experience.Overall Rating
Trip Name: Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail
Duration: 10 Days
From Price: 1049
Trip Code: 126856
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