Mexico: Michoacan’s Butterflies
Located in central Mexico, Michoacán is crossed by the Sierra Madre del Sur. Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies from Canada and the United States cover 3,000 miles at almost 75 miles a day on their long migration route.
Upon your arrival in Mexico City, you will be met by your driver and privately transferred to your hotel. We suggest that you dine at your hotel this evening, enjoying a spectacular view of the Zocalo, the National Place, and Mexico City’s Cathedral.
At 7 am this morning, you’ll meet your guide in the hotel lobby to begin your adventure. Head three hours towards the city of Zitácuaro in Michoacán. Leaving Mexico City behind, you’ll wind through thick forests en route to your accommodation for the next two nights. Covering 12 acres of rural woodlands, the ranch is rustic and tranquil, and offers charming, roomy cabins, as well as both Mexican and French home style cooking.
Several butterfly sanctuaries have been established throughout the area, and this afternoon, you’ll have your first encounter with the monarchs, as you hike through the forest to find butterflies blanketing the trees.
Breakfast this morning will include real huevos rancheros, after which you’ll head out on your second visit to the butterfly sanctuary, finding the best observation point in the area. Other daily activities include a visit to the Endandio Waterfall and the nearby hot springs, further hiking along the dramatic landscape of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, and a trip into town.
Please note that your visits to the sanctuaries will depend on the location of the migration and local conditions.
This morning, you will be privately transferred three hours by car to Mexico City in time to meet your departure flight home, or to continue on to your next Willing Foot destination in Mexico. Please do not schedule flights before 2:30 pm.
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