Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail

Classic, Mexico City to Mexico City
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Tour description

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 streets of Mexico City, you'll travel through stunning national parks, colonial towns and beautiful countryside as you follow the migration of the monarch butterfly. Wander through flutters of butterflies in the reserves of El Rosario and Sierra Chincua. Off the beaten path, this quirky adventure will give you a unique insight into the people and "mariposas" of Mexico.

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Janitzio and Tzintzuntzan tour
  • Morelia guided city tour
  • El Rosario Butterfly Reserve tour
  • Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve tour
  • El Capulin Butterfly Reserve tour
  • Free time in Uruapan
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Watch thousands of monarch butterflies surround you
  • Tread off the beaten path on horseback to small towns
  • Set your sights on impressive architecture in morelia's city centre
  • Sample mexico city's vibrant nightlife


Day 1: Mexico City Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Mexico City/Uruapan Explore Mexico City before travelling to Uruapan.

Day 3: Uruapan Take an orientation walk of Uruapan, before a free day to explore. Opt to go horseback riding, visit rural Angahuan, or visit the beautiful waterfall of Eduardo Ruiz National Park.

Day 4: Uruapan/Pátzcuaro Opt to visit the national park in the morning before continuing on to Pátzcuaro. Spend an afternoon exploring the colonial city.

Day 5: Pátzcuaro Enjoy a full day visiting the famous island of Janitzio and nearby Tzintzuntzan, capital of the ancient Tarascan Kingdom.

Day 6: Pátzcuaro/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.

Day 7: Morelia/Mineral de Angangueo Stop to visit El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve en route to Angangueo. Get ready to hike approximately an hour to the top of a hill in the reserve, and be rewarded with millions of butterflies.

Day 8: Mineral de Angangueo Prepare for a steep climb, but the reward at the end is well worth it. After hiking into the El Capulin Butterfly Reserve, reach Cerro Pelon and prepare to be blown away by the sheer number of monarchs dancing across the sky. Spend the rest of the day exploring Angangueo.

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.

Day 10: Mexico City Depart at any time.