On this overnight tour, experience hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies at their winter migration site at Rosario Biosphere Reserve. Hike or horseback ride at the reserve and delight in one of nature’s most outstanding and beautiful spectacles. In your free time, relax and explore at your natural resort with thermal pools, hiking trails, and butterfly gardens.
The yearly migration of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is an amazing journey of more than 2,000 miles from Canada and the United States to the mountains of Mexico. Each year a special generation of these extraordinary butterflies discover the same place to winter-over in the highland pine forests of Michoacan and the Estado de Mexico.
At the Rosario Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, experience not only the hundreds of thousands of butterflies that winter there, but also the breathtaking natural landscape of this region.
On this 2-day monarch butterfly reserve tour, travel to a tranquil and relaxing resort and hike along its trails for butterfly and bird watching, or swim in the warm mineral pools of its manicured gardens. Enjoy delicious meals and friendly co-travelers.
The next day you’ll be driven to the entrance of the reserve where you will begin your hike or horseback ride up the butterfly site. There, you will spend hours with the monarch colony before returning to San Miguel de Allende in the afternoon.
Day 1: Hike, Swim, and Relax at your Resort
7:00am – Depart from St. Paul’s Church (Cardo #6, Centro SMA). Enjoy a boxed breakfast en route. Arrive at the resort in early afternoon and have lunch in the gardens.
After lunch, hike the trails around the resort or swim in the therapeutic, mineral-rich thermo-pools.
In the evening, watch a monarch movie presentation to learn more about the monarch’s outstanding annual cross-national journey. As you watch, enjoy a cocktail or other drink from the bar (not included). Enjoy dinner at 19:00 pm in the resort dining room.
Day 2: Delight in your Monarch Butterfly Reserve Tour
Enjoy 7:30 am breakfast in the resort dining room and check out by 8:45 am. Depart for the Rosario Monarch Biosphere Reserve. Upon arrival at the Reserve, hike or horseback ride to the outstanding colony. Horseback rental costs approximately $200 Mexican Pesos, and horses are tame and individually guided.
The hike to see the monarchs may take up an hour, depending on where the butterflies are located within the sanctuary. The reserve entrance is located at 9,000 feet (2,750 meters) and butterflies may be nesting as high as 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) into the mountains.
The reserve has paved trails with handrails and benches for resting and admiring the spectacular landscape as you climb. As you hike, you’ll encounter hundreds of thousands of brilliant orange and gold monarchs stretching across the reserve — the view is spectacular.
At 13:00, you’ll begin your descent toward the Sanctuary entrance and you’ll depart at approximately 14:00 for San Miguel. Enjoy lunch en route and arrive at the St. Paul’s Church at approximately 19:00 (7:00 pm).
This monarch butterfly reserve tour is not recommended for persons with health problems or those who have difficulty hiking, riding horses up or down steep mountain trails, have heart conditions or breathing issues.
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