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Monarch Butterfly Tour

Found 1976, thanks to research by Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart, the winter refuge of the monarch butterfly in central Mexico is a real wonder of nature. Declared a UNESCO protected natural site in 2008, it´s the green place where butterflies that leave Canada & the United States mountain areas in the fall come & hide in the woods of “El Rosario” sanctuary (Michoacán, Mexico), to hibernate from late November to February. Due to their sexual maturing in March, they reproduce a new generation of butterflies that will continue the millennial migration flight to North America; when the spring begins. Well preserved to present day by WWF & Monarch Watch among other NGO´s is now recovering from a serious reduced number of butterflies from the last 5 years. Note: It´s possible to customize tour to +3 people.

Tour Highlights:

After departing at 9:00 AM from Morelia (departs from San Miguel Allende, Patzcuaro or Mexico city available), enjoy the scenic drive to find landscape with volcanic mountains and valleys having beans, chickpeas, corn & winter wheat, plus the lakeshore of Cuitzeo, a long shallow lake that looks like a winter paradise for ducks and birds from North America. Find the fir trees where the Monarchs winter beyond the pine Tree Mountains at 3000 meters above sea level.

The further we hike in the woods, the more monarchs we can see, flying between trees and, sometimes around people! This tour works with a minimum of 2 people. Discount for groups over 6 people.

Tour Duration: 8 Hours.

Tour Type: Transport Based.

Maximum Number of People: 8

Tour Inclusions:

Round trip transportation from Morelia (tours from San Miguel Allende, Patzcuaro or Mexico City available), admission to the wood areas, Mexican lunch on the site, and all details about migration flight of the monarchs.

Tour Exclusions:

Breakfast early morning, mountain bike rental or horseback rides (when available), additional services out of the program of the tour. Drop off service to a different destination.

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