Day 1 Mexico City There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Mexico City/Uruapan Take the morning to explore Mexico City before travelling to Uruapan.
Uruapan is a very traditional Mexican city which retains a little colonial ambience. The Eduardo Ruiz NP is just a 15 minute walk from the town centre.
Local bus (7.00-8.00 hours, 420km)
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 Start the day off with an optional early morning visit to Eduardo Ruiz NP with its crystal-clear waters in a tropical setting. Later, head to Pátzcuaro.
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 cafés.
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
Day 5 Pátzcuaro Take a boat ride across Lake Pátzcuaro 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 José 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
Day 6 Pátzcuaro/Morelia Travel to Morelia and enjoy an included city walking tour to get familiar with the city.
This capital of Michoacán 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 cafés around the Zócalo, or main square.
Morelia Guided City Tour
First-class bus (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
Day 7 Morelia/Mineral de Angangueo 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.
El Rosario Butterfly Reserve Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 130km)
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.
El Capulin Butterfly Reserve Guided Tour
Day 9 Mineral de Angangueo/Mexico City 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.
Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 180km)
Day 10 Mexico City Depart at any time.