Photo Tour

The Magic of Monarchs

StartsFeb 19th 2020
EndFeb 23rd 2020
Participants12 (1 Spot just opened - Female looking for roommate)

Our world is blessed with many unique and amazing natural splendors. One of those is the magical and mysterious migration of the Monarch butterfly where virtually the entire world’s population flies to one tiny mountain area deep in the heart of Mexico to roost among the mighty Oyamel Fir trees. Join us as we experience this incredible wildlife spectacle and stand witness to this amazing cycle of life.

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Our home base for this trip will be the small town of Angangueo. Walking through this town, you will notice subtle nods to the Monarch butterfly through murals, stone patterns in cobblestone walkways, and other artwork built into the landscape. Our lodge for the trip is a family owned establishment that is centrally located, allowing us to easily travel to the different sanctuaries within this UNESCO World Heritage site.


Day 1

February 19 – Arrive in Mexico City

This first day is focused on travel: getting quickly out of Mexico City and off to Angangueo. This tiny town is located out in the country, in the very heart of the Monarch Biosphere reserve. This will be our home base for the entire trip.

Day 2

February 20 – El Rosario

This is it! Our first trip up into the Monarch Sanctuaries where we will be in the midst of millions of Monarchs! El Rosario is the easiest of the sanctuaries to visit. We will walk up the dirt trail to the Monarch clusters. Along the walk, we may photograph hummingbirds and warblers that are often found feeding along the trail. We will spend the morning and afternoon photographing the butterflies and other wildlife we see.

Day 3

February 21 – Sierra Chincua

The next sanctuary we will explore is Sierra Chincua. The Monarchs roost in different areas of the biosphere reserve each year. Sometimes they are high up on the mountain and other times they are lower. At Sierra Chincua we will walk part of the way to the colony but will likely need to ride horses to get to and from the roosts.

Day 4

February 22 – Cerro Pelon

Cerro Pelon is the least developed of the sanctuary areas but often yields some of the most spectacular photographic experiences with the Monarchs. We will ride horses up the trail and enjoy the Monarchs at their roosts and flying through the trees.

Day 5

February 23 – Transfer to Mexico City airport for flight home

We will get up early to make the drive to Mexico City, allowing enough time for late afternoon or evening flights home



Payment schedule

Deposit of $750 due with your reservation
Balance of $1,700 due January 1, 2020

  • Included

  • – All lodging while in Mexico
  • – All meals
  • – All ground transportation, including horses LOL
  • – Cost of field trips to locations
  • – *Pricing based on double occupancy
  • – *Single Supplement (if available) $550/person
Price does not include
  • – Roundtrip airfare from your home to Mexico City
  • – gratuities
  • -any alcoholic beverages
  • -travel insurance