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Mexico’s Monarch Migration: Butterflies, Local Heritage & More

Program No. 24845RJ
Come to the mountains southwest of Mexico City for the Monarch butterflies, stay for the opportunities to learn about art, natural wonders and local life!

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At a Glance

Each year, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico, creating a unique concentration of butterflies that is a sight to behold. The Monarch butterflies might bring you to Mexico, but you’ll depart with a greater understanding of biology, indigenous culture, history and more! Walk amidst the fluttering Monarch butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as experts lead you in learning about the complex migration pattern of these insects and the importance of habitat conservation. While spending three days viewing butterflies in different sanctuaries to maximize your viewing opportunities, delve into the natural and human history of the areas you explore, including visiting a botanical garden encased in stained glass, an ex-Carmelite monastery and indigenous villages. Experience magnificent natural beauty and rich culture on this incredible learning adventure!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Sanctuaries are at altitudes above 9,000 ft. and require 1-3 hours of walking/hiking on graded paths, with uphills, often steep.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Explore three different butterfly sanctuaries to maximize your viewing opportunities and learn more about the Monarch butterflies and their annual migration.
  • Immerse yourself in this region’s history and culture through discussions with locals, including a trout farmer and the Mazahua people.
  • Begin and end your adventure in Mexico City, where you can delve into history and art at museums and iconic buildings, including Templo Mayor.
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