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10-Day Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail
Product Code: 1113-113203
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Janitzio and Tzintzuntzan tour
  • • Morelia guided city tour
  • • El Rosario Butterfly Reserve tour
  • • Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve tour
  • • El Capulin Butterfly Reserve tour
Tour Code
1113-113203
Duration
10 days
Departure City
Mexico City
End City
Mexico City
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Backpacker, UNESCO, Nature

Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Mexico City

Mexico City

Hotel: Hotel Posada Viena or similar

Today arrive at anytime and transfer to the hotel.

Please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5:00pm and 7:00pm), where you will get a chance to meet your Certified Experience Officer (CEO) and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!

Tips:
Joining hotel: Posada Viena Hotel (Marsella 28 Esq. Dinamarca, Zona Rosa, 06600 Mexico City).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Mexico City

Mexico City

Hotel: Hotel Posada Viena or similar

Today you'll be free to explore capital city of Mexico on your own.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Patzcuaro

Mexico City - Patzcuaro

Hotel: Posada Yolihuani or similar

Today we'll travel to Patzcuaro.

Spend the afternoon marveling 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. You'll be free to explore on your own.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Patzcuaro

Patzcuaro

Hotel: Posada Yolihuani or similar

Enjoy a full day visiting the famous island of Janitzio and nearby Tzintzuntzan, capital of the ancient Tarascan Kingdom.

We'll begin with 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. Walk the terraced stone steps, past vendors selling everything from honey to handicrafts. Head to the statue of Jose Maria Morelos, Mexico's hero of independence, climb the interior spiral staircase and admire the murals painted by Ramon Alba de la Canal and others as you make your way to the top. Look out and see the fishing boats, with their unique butterfly-form nets.

Later we'll visit Tzintzuntzan, the ‘Place of the Hummingbirds', which was the capital of the ancient Tarascan kingdom. Built in the 13th century, on the shoreline of Lake Patzcauro and extending to the hills inland, the ancient site of Tzintzuntzan was once an urban center with 30,000 inhabitants. Learn more about the cultural, religious and social history of the ancient Tarascan people, why they built temples on five pyramid-shaped structures (yacatas); each one on a terrace of stone blocks. Visit the museum to see pottery and obsidian artifacts excavated from the site.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Morelia

Patzcuaro - Morelia

Travel to Morelia with a guided city tour on arrival. Opt to explore the many museums or just wander through town admiring the beautiful architecture.

Travel to Morelia and enjoy an included city walking tour to get familiar with the city.

This capital of Michoacan 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 Zocalo, or main square.

Morelia Guided City Tour

Take of tour of this Spanish colonial city on foot to truly appreciate all this colonial city has to offer. Stop at some of the main attractions, including the cathedral built from pink volcanic stone, museums, and plazas. Check out the handicrafts museum some of Morelia's best shopping. Feeling hungry? Head to Avenida Madero and ask for the ice-cream stand; it's been there for 30 years and offers up delicious treats such as mango and mamey.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Morelia

Morelia

Enjoy a free day to explore this charming city.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Angangueo

Morelia - Angangueo

Hotel: Hotel Don Bruno or similar

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.

Hike approximately one hour into the sanctuary. As you reach the top, at nearly 3,048m (10,000 ft) in elevation, monarchs start to appear until there are upwards of 150 million fluttering in the air. Bring your camera and capture this orange and black marvel of monarchs clinging by the thousands to once-green tree branches. Learn more about the life cycle and migratory patterns of these interesting insects.

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.

Day 08
Angangueo

Angangueo

Hotel: Hotel Don Bruno or similar

Enjoy a tour of the El Capulin Butterfly Reserve. Spend the rest of the day exploring Angangueo.

Day 09
Mexico City

Angangueo - Mexico City

Hotel: Hotel Posada Viena or similar

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 colorful monarchs gather in trees, bushes, and even along the ground.

Continue on to Mexico City for a final evening in the capital.

Day 10

Mexico City

Today we'll say farewell.

You are free to depart at anytime.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Janitzio and Tzintzuntzan tour
  • Morelia guided city tour
  • El Rosario Butterfly Reserve tour
  • Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve tour
  • El Capulin Butterfly Reserve tour
  • 9-night tourist-class accommodations
  • Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Teotihuacan Ruins, church of Guadalupe tour: USD 35.00 (includes transport, entrances and guide)
    - Bosque de Chapultepec tour with Museum of Anthropology: USD 45.00 (includes transport, entrances, and guide)
    - Templo Mayor ruins: USD 7.00
    - Xochimilco Tour USD 25.00
    - Museum of Anthropology USD 10.00
    - Palacio national and the paintings of Diego Rivera entrance free, guide: USD 10.00
    - Museum of Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul) USD 10.00
    - Mexico City tour hop on hop off Turibus USD 10.00 (whole day pass)
    - Patzcuaro Walking tour: USD 10.00
    - Parque Zoologico: USD 1.00
    - Museo Casa de Morelos: USD 3.00
    - Horseback tour to butteflies: USD 7.50 (one-day), USD 15.00 (both ways)
Special Notes
  • Travel style: classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can't-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Physical grading: demanding. Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travelers.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Age requirement: 12+. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Trip type: small group with max 16, avg 12.
* Single occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
* Please note that availability and prices of optional services including airport transfers, pre and post accommodations are subject to final confirmation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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what time of the year would be the best time of the year to visit. For the incoming migration. 08/20/2016 01:50:23
Tours4Fun 08/20/2016 08:19:45

Dear Maria,

Thank you for your inquiry.

The annual migration is from November to March and we currently have available dates for the tour for Feb, 2017.

To place your order for a reservation online, simply select your desired tour start date and the number of rooms you need/ travelers you are booking for on the upper right portion of the tour information page, then click on "BOOK NOW".

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