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MEXICO MONARCH BUTTERFLY TRAIL

10 Days, Mexico City to Mexico City
MEXICO MONARCH BUTTERFLY TRAIL

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For the nature lover who also appreciates cultural luminescence, this butterfly adventure captures the brightest colours of Mexico in just ten days. From the historic str read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 09 nights accommodation ((Hotels (9 nts)).
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, private van, horseback).
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  • Angahuan visit.
  • Janitzio and Tzintzuntzan tour.
  • Morelia guided city tour.
  • El Rosario Butterfly Reserve tour.
  • Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve tour.
  • El Capulin Butterfly Reserve tour.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 360-470 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Mexico City
Day 2 Mexico City
Day 3 Mexico City/Patzcuaro
Day 4 Patzcuaro
Day 5 Patzcuaro/Morelia
Day 6 Morelia
Day 7 Morelia/Mineral de Angangueo
Day 8 Mineral de Angangueo
Day 9 Mineral de Angangueo/Mexico City
Day 10 Depart Mexico City
Departures
  • Feb
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Thu, 08 Feb '18
  • Sat, 17 Feb '18
  • Sat, 10 Feb '18
  • Mon, 19 Feb '18
  • Sat, 17 Feb '18
  • Mon, 26 Feb '18
  • Thu, 22 Feb '18
  • Sat, 03 Mar '18
  • Sat, 24 Feb '18
  • Mon, 05 Mar '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Mexico City
  • Patzcuaro
  • Morelia
  • Angangueo
  • Mexico City to Mexico City Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Mexico City

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Mexico City

    Enjoy a full day exploring the capital city of Mexico.

    Take the day to explore bustling Mexico City.

    Free Time
    Mexico City Full Day
    Get out and explore. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Mexico City/Patzcuaro

    Travel to Patzcuaro. Spend an afternoon enjoying the colonial city.

    Spend the afternoon marvelling at the beautiful plazas and colonial buildings in this magical city. This is a great day for shopping, or just sampling some local food and drinks at the numerous outdoor cafes.

    Local bus
    Mexico City - Patzcuaro 4h 30m-5h 376km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Patzcuaro Afternoon
    Get out and start exploring. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Patzcuaro

    Enjoy a full day visiting the famous island of Janitzio and nearby Tzintzuntzan, capital of the ancient Tarascan Kingdom.

    Take a boat ride across Lake Patzcuaro to Janitzio. This small island is full of beautiful traditions including the famous "butterfly fishermen", skilled at using their butterfly-shaped nets to catch local fish. View the colossal 40m (131 ft) statue of Jose Maria Morelos, built as an homage to this independence patriot.

    Later visit Tzintzuntzan, the 'Place of the Hummingbirds', which was the capital of the ancient Tarascan kingdom.

    Janitzio Island Visit
    Janitzio
    Visit Janitzio Island, the largest of the islands in Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan, Mexico. Walk the terraced stone steps, past vendors selling everything from honey to handicrafts. Head to the statue of Jose Maria Morelos, Mexico's hero of independence, climb the interior spiral staircase and admire the murals painted by Ramon Alba de la Canal and others as you make your way to the top. Look out and see the fishing boats, with their unique butterfly-form nets.

    Tzintzuntzan Visit
    Tzintzuntzan
    Built in the 13th century, on the shoreline of Lake Patzcuaro and extending to the hills inland, the ancient site of Tzintzuntzan was once an urban centre with 30,000 inhabitants. Learn more about the cultural, religious and social history of the ancient Tarascan people, why they built temples on five pyramid-shaped structures (yacatas); each one on a terrace of stone blocks. Visit the museum to see pottery and obsidian artifacts excavated from the site. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Patzcuaro/Morelia

    Travel to Morelia with a guided city tour on arrival. Opt to explore the many museums or just wander through town admiring the beautiful architecture.

    Travel to Morelia and enjoy an included city walking tour to get familiar with the city.

    This capital of Michoacan state, is a well-preserved colonial city - the historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the atmosphere with a coffee in one of the many cafes around the Zocalo, or main square.

    First-class bus
    Patzcuaro - Morelia 2h 60km
    Ride on in style aboard a bus so roomy and comfortable you may not want to get off. This is not your grandmother's public bus.

    Morelia Guided City Tour
    Morelia
    Take a tour of this Spanish colonial city on foot to truly appreciate all this colonial city has to offer. Stop at some of the main attractions, including the cathedral built from pink volcanic stone, museums, and plazas. Check out the handicrafts museum some of Morelia's best shopping. Feeling hungry? Head to Avenida Madero and ask for the ice-cream stand; it's been there for 30 years and offers up delicious treats such as mango and mamey (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Morelia

    Enjoy a free day to explore this charming city.

    Free Time
    Morelia Full Day
    Get out and explore. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 Morelia/Mineral de Angangueo

    Travel to Angangueo. En route, visit El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve.

    Travel through scenic countryside and into towering forests on the way to El Rosario, a magnificent Monarch butterfly sanctuary situated at the top of a steep mountainside. From November to March, see millions of butterflies that have migrated here from Canada and the US. Learn more about their life cylce at the visitor centre, and enjoy walkways and forested trails.

    Continue the journey 6km (4 mi) further down the mountain road to the small village of Angangueo, meaning "entrance to the cave" in the Tarascan language. Angangueo is an old mining town that still extracts some lead and silver from the rugged hillsides.

    Private Vehicle
    Morelia - Mineral de Angangueo 4h 130km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    El Rosario Butterfly Reserve Guided Tour
    El Rosario
    Hike approximately one hour into the sanctuary. As you reach the top, at nearly 3,048m (10,000 ft) in elevation, monarchs start to appear until there are upwards of 150 million fluttering in the air. Bring your camera and capture this orange and black marvel of monarchs clinging by the thousands to once-green tree branches. Learn more about the life cycle and migratory patterns of these interesting insects. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Mineral de Angangueo

    Enjoy a tour of the El Capulin Butterfly Reserve.

    Spend the rest of the day exploring Angangueo.

    Free Time
    Mineral de Angangueo Half Day
    Get out and explore. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Mineral de Angangueo/Mexico City

    Enjoy a guided tour of Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve before heading back to the capital in the evening.

    Depart Angangueo in the morning for the 45 minute drive through the volcanic highlands towards the Sierra Chincua reserve to visit a monarch butterfly sanctuary. Enjoy the scenic mile-long hike climbing the hillside as we enter into the forest of tall fir trees of the sanctuary.
    At an elevation of 3,000m (9,842 ft), hike along a path to where millions of colourful monarchs gather in trees, bushes, and even along the ground.
    Continue on to Mexico City for a final evening in the capital.

    Private Vehicle
    Mineral de Angangueo - Mexico City 5h 180km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve Guided Tour
    Mineral de Angangueo
    The Mexican government created the Monarch Butterfly Special Biosphere Reserve in 1986. Made up of five hilltop sanctuaries where butterflies migrate for the winter, only two are open to the public. Head up into the Sierra Chincua reserve and meet some of the 50 million monarchs who managed to make journey all the way from eastern Canada to the US. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Depart Mexico City

    Depart at any time. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 360-470 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.


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