Dates and Cost

February 16-23, 2018
$2900 per person ($500 single supplement)

February 17-24, 2019
$3050 per person ($500 single supplement)


About This Trip

One of the greatest ecological spectacles in the world is the wintering grounds of the monarch butterflies in a small area of forest in central Mexico. Over 20 million monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) make their amazing yearly migration of more than 2000 miles from Canada and the United States to a small area in the mountains in the highland pine forests of Michoacan and the Estado de Mexico. Each year, a special generation of these extraordinary butterflies discovers the same place. It’s a marvel of nature that is not to be missed! There are several sanctuaries that protect these forests and we’ll visit two of them. In addition, we’ll bird La Cima for the Sierra Madre Sparrow and Strickland’s Woodpecker. We also visit the Lerma marshes, where we look for the beautiful Black-polled Yellowthroat.  We’ll also spend some time birding around the Lake Patzcuaro region looking for some central Mexico endemics such as Dusky Hummingbird, Black-backed Oriole, Pilleated Flycatcher, Transvolcanic Jay, Russet-nightingale Thrush, Golden-cheeked Woodpecker and Striped Sparrow. Beyond birds and butterflies we have the opportunity to explore the staggering Mexican biodiversity, enjoy great food, some amazing arts and crafts and lots of adventure!


To simplify arrivals into Mexico City, we stay at a very nice Courtyard Marriott right next to the airport. In the region of the butterfly reserves, we have chosen to stay at the very comfortable Hotel Aguablanca that is centrally located and provides good birding right around the hotel.  In the Pueblo Magico town of Patzcuaro, we stay at the beautiful Posada Yolihuani, where our hosts make us feel like family and we are a short walk from the beautiful plaza. Our last night is spent in the colonial city of Tlaquepaque, a part of greater Guadalajara.  Our home for the night is a boutique hotel with a great restaurant on site. It is a short drive to the airport.

This is a one-way trip that starts in Mexico City and ends in Guadalajara.

(Note: there is a chance the itinerary will vary slightly for 2019…stay tuned!)

To book your trip or for more information, please contact us by email or call 888-383-0062.