|Starts||Feb 23rd 2022|
|Ends||Feb 27th 2022|
|Leader||Steve Gettle & Nicole Sudduth|
|Participants||12 (Already half full!)|
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.
Our home base for the first part of 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 in Angangueo is a family owned establishment that is centrally located, allowing us to easily travel to the different sanctuaries within this UNESCO World Heritage site.
We will then transfer to another lodge located in Zitacuaro for our last night. This lodge is closer to our third sanctuary and closer to Mexico City, making it very convenient. This is a gorgeous lodge where you no doubt will want to relax and reflect before our departure the next day.
Note: Some of our clients have come in to Mexico City either a few days early or stayed a few days later in order to explore some of the museums, pyramids and other attractions that are found in and around Mexico City. You may want to consider that too.
February 23 – 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 first part of the trip.
February 24 – 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.
February 25 – 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 likely need to ride horses to get to and from the roosts.
February 26 – Cerro Pelon
This morning, we will check out and head to Cerro Pelon. Cerro Pelon is the least developed of the sanctuary areas but often yields some of the most spectacular photographic and personal experiences with the Monarchs. We will ride horses up the trail and enjoy the Monarchs at their roosts and flying through the trees.
In the afternoon, we will check in to our lodge, a gorgeous location that sits on 13 acres of Mexican countryside. We will spend the rest of the day relaxing and reflecting on the amazing encounters that you had with Monarchs, enjoying walks in the gardens, do some birding along the river. It is a beautiful spot to wrap up our adventure.
February 27 – Transfer to Mexico City airport for flight home
We will be about an hour outside of Mexico City, and will plan our departure from the lodge to allow enough time for late afternoon or evening flights home.
Deposit of $750 due with your reservation
Balance of $1,700 due January 5, 2021