Monarch Butterfly Migration

Multi-day tour “Monarch Butterfly Migration” from Mexico City

From November to March

Monarch butterfly migration refers to the phenomenon of annual migration of the eastern/northeastern population of Danaus plexippus from southern Canada and the US, to overwintering sites in central Mexico. It also refers to the migration of the western population of monarch butterflies which migrate seasonally from regions between the Rocky Mountains and the coast of California. Monarch differ from most butterflies resident in temperate climates which typically enter winter diapause as an egg, larval or pupal state.

By the end of October, the population of monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains migrates to the sanctuaries of the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve within the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests in the Mexican states of Michoacán and México.



Departure: Hotel Mexico Intercontinental Departure Time: Please arrive by 9:15
AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
Return Time: Approximately 8:30 PM.

Dress Code:

Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.


  • Departure Taxes
  • Excursions
  • Personal Guide

Not Included:

  • 5 Star Accommodation
  • Entry Fees

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Mexici City. Transfer to the hotel
Day 2: Mexico City sightseeing tour. Tour to Teotihuacan
Breakfast at hotel. Mexico City Tour: Mexico City is one of the largest and most populous cities in the world. Its age is a paradox. If reference is foundation of Mexico – Tenochtitlan by ancient Mexica, by mid-14th century, then it is a young city. If focus on its historical nature as the agglomeration of some 50 small regions, all of them ancient city-states, then its age goes beyond 2,000 years. You will be able to visit Tenochtitlan, the historical center of the city, as well as Plaza de la Constitución, more commonly known as Zocalo, with its government buildings and the Cathedral. You will visit the National Palace, the seat of the Federal Executive Power. See the staircase of the Empress, Presidential balcony, Central and Back Patios, Murals by Diego Rivera. Then you will be amused by the majestic view of the Cathedral with its Altar of the Kings, Archangel, Pinnacle, Metropolitan Sacrarium and Alta of Forgiveness. You will enjoy the view of one among main city avenues: Paseo de la Reforma with its historical monuments. Teotihuacan is one of the most impressive sites of the Aztec World. It is located only one hour outside of Mexico City. You will have a chance to see the complexities of Aztec treasures, climb the magnificent Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. See also the Butterflies Temple, the Avenue of the Dead, and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. By afternoon, back to hotel. Overnight
Day 3: Day 3. Mexico City – 71 km – Cosmovitral Botanical Garden (Toluca) – 69 km – Piedra Herrada (Temascaltepec) – 25 km – Valle de Bravo – 158 km – Mexico City
Breakfast at hotel.
You will visit the Cosmovitral-Botanical Garden: Completed in 1910 as part of Mexico’s centennial celebrations, the former City of Toluca Market boasts 5,000 square meters of space holding 400 plant species within its walls and comprised for 3,000 square meters of stained glass. The market was closed in 1975 and five years later the building was rededicated as the Cosmovitral-Botanical Garden.
The stained glass, finished in 1990 by Leopoldo Flores Valdes, includes 28 different colors of glass and is considered one of the largest artworks in the world. In the glass, Flores Valdes sought to depict his interpretation of time, movement and the contradictory phenomena taking place in matter, from a cosmogony perception.
Piedra Herrada & Valle de Bravo: It is unique in that you’ll often encounter swarms of butterflies before even arriving at the sanctuary. Each day around noon, millions of butterflies head down from the mountains and out along the road leading to the reserve on their way to a nearby river which serves as a butterfly watering hole. Standing in the forests of the reserve as millions of orange and black Monarch butterflies swarm overhead is a magical experience, and it’s not unusual for the butterflies to land on visitors. While you’re visiting the reserve, you might also stop off in some of the nearby towns and villages. The Pueblo Magico (magic town) of Valle de Bravo is located just down the road from the butterfly sanctuary at Piedra Herrada and makes a pleasant stop along the route to or from the reserve. Back to hotel in Mexico City. Overnight.
Day 4: Breakfast. Leisure time. Transfer to the airport
Recommendation: This circuit fits well with the beach rest or with the classic circuits.

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