Monarch Butterflies and Magical Cities

DAY 1: Arrival ~ Upon arrival to Mexico City, you’ll be met for the transfer to your hotel. 

Accommodations: Santa Fe Hotel

Meals: None

Day 2: Piedra Herrada/ Valle de Bravo ~ After breakfast at the hotel, depart to Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, the easiest monarch sanctuary to access from Mexico City. Often, visitors to Piedra Herrada encounter swarms of monarchs before even arriving to the sanctuary. Travel by horseback and/or on foot uphill to the heart of the sanctuary to witness massive aggregations of monarchs. Standing in the forests of the reserve as millions of orange and black monarch butterflies swarm overhead is a magical sight.  Today, you’ll experience it first-hand.

Continue on to nearby Valle de Bravo, one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magico (“Magical Towns”) located less than 30 minutes from the sanctuary. You’ll have time this afternoon to explore Valle on your own. Its narrow, cobble-stoned streets and colonial-style buildings along the shores of Laguna de Avandaro are perfect for exploring and your hotel for the next two nights is conveniently located just a few blocks from the main plaza. 

Accommodations: Meson de Leyendas

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3: Valle de Bravo/ El Capulin ~ Today brings a visit to El Capulin, a second monarch butterfly sanctuary in Mexico State. El Capulin receives far less visitors than Piedra Herrada and offers a much wilder feel. The trails here are more rugged and crowds are few and far between if at all. After time to fully enjoy the spectacle of butterflies and lunch at a typical fondita, head back to Valle de Bravo. 

Accommodations: Meson de Leyendas

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Metepec/ Mexico City ~ After a leisurely morning in Valle de Bravo, start making your way back to Mexico City. En route, stop at Metepec to learn how local artisans create “tree of life” sculptures out of clay. Late afternoon return to Mexico City.  Your hotel this evening is located only a block away from Mexico City’s iconic Zocalo and Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodations: Central Zocalo Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: Mexico City/ Departure ~ Morning walking tour of popular Zocalo sites including the Cathedral (the largest on the continent), Mayor Temple Museum (where you can clearly see the remains of the Aztec civilization upon which the Spaniards built the city in the 16th century), and the National Palace to see Diego Rivera’s impressive mural paintings. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home. 

Meals: Breakfast

Price: $2379* per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of two travelers.  Contact us for pricing for three or more travelers.

Pricing includes accommodations, private driver/guide from airport pick up to airport drop off, local ejido guides at monarch reserves, horseback rental at monarch reserves, entrance fees, and meals as listed.

Exclusions: international airfare, alcohol, passport/visa fees, travel insurance, optional activities, gratuities, and personal expenses.

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