Eco-Science Monarch Butterfly Tour

Presented by Research Scientist Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez

Scholarly Fundraiser-Tour to the Sierra Chincua Reserve 

Quick Info

Starting Location:  Morelia

Ending Location:  Morelia

Dates:  February 21-22, 2020

Duration:  2 Days / 2 Nights

Group Size:  12 Min / 26 Max

Age Group:  All Ages Welcome

Hotel Locations:  1

Physical Rating:  Med to Tough

Altitude:  Appr. 10,000 Feet +

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

For those who need hotel accommodations in Morelia,

please contact us directly for recommendations.

Traveling from Lake Chapala, Zihuatanejo, San Miguel de Allende, Puerta Vallarta or via Mexico City Airport?  No Problem!  Please contact us for options and suggestions!

PRICE BREAKDOWN
Cielo Cocina Dinner Presentation
$1200 MXP Each
Eco-Science Monarch Butterfly
Tour & Fundraiser
$2800 MXP Each

Witness Mexico's Sacred

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Join us for  scholarly exploration and fundraiser for the Monarch Butterfly Migration with research scientist Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez.  This is a rare opportunity to visit the monarch colony of Sierra Chincua with an academic who has personally conducted extensive research on the environmental impacts of this phenomenal migration, offering insight into what roles and responsibilities we can take in our own lives, to ensure the longevity of local monarch populations.

There are no educational billboards in the reserves, and though local guides are knowledgeable about a range of different subjects, Dr. Jaramillo Lopez has focused his life on the study of this specific species and migration.  You will leave this tour with an abundant wealth of information and fascinating insights.  

You do not need a background in science to benefit from this experience.  Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez presents his information in clear, concise language that is easy to understand.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE & LEARN  

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  • Presentation by Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez at Cielo Cocina Fusion Restaurant - Morelia's #1 rated on Trip Advisor.  Enjoy a five course meal with vegetarian option.  

  • Introspective musical entertainment by acoustic guitarist Rodrigo Nefthali Lopez Alarcon & flautist Carlos Castro.

  • Opportunity to ask any and all questions you can think of, about the monarch butterflies, their environment, struggle, and migration

  • Day tour departing from Morelia at 8:30 AM on Saturday February 22 will be led by Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez

  • Decadent charcuterie picnic 

  • Engage in ethical eco-tourism - we will donate a portion of proceeds to a successful, hands-on charity that assists in stopping illegal logging practices in the reserve.  Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez is utilizing his proceeds for scientific research.  Additional contributions are welcome.

 

BE CONSCIOUS OF LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

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  • Please carry refillable water bottle & to-go mug (we will have water available in the van for refills)

  • Please pack out all garbage

  • Please exercise absolute silence once in the restricted area

  • No smoking or vaping in the nature reserve

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD FELLOW TRAVELER

 

  • Punctuality - crucial for fluid travel

  • Flexibility - always expect the unexpected

  • Participation - including one daily group photo

  • Consideration - please don't chit chat during presentations

  • Cooperation - the rules are made for all of us, including you

  • Respect - for local customs & protocols

  • Diplomacy - agree to disagree about politics & religion​

  • Confidence - know your limits 

Introducing Research Scientist

Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez

Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez is originally from Ecuador and has spent significant time in the three countries that host the monarch butterfly migration. Pablo studied English in the US in his youth, completed his doctorate in Canada, and now lives in Mexico with his Mexican wife and children. His multicultural background and lifelong passion for soil science give him a unique perspective on monarch butterfly biology and conservation. To understand the migration, we need more complete information about their relationship with the forests where they overwinter. And if we are to safeguard the health of the butterfly forest, local people must play a major role in its preservation.

Pablo studied agriculture in Ecuador before completing his doctorate in biology at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. His dissertation research focused on reusing human byproducts (organic residues) to create a soil amendment to improve soil conditions for agricultural and forestry applications. In Ontario, Dr. Jeremy McNeil introduced Pablo to the incredible monarch butterfly migration that originates there. Dr. McNeil encouraged Pablo to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Pablo´s postdoc led him to his current position in the department of agroecology at the Research Institute for Ecosystems and Sustainability at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Morelia.
For several reasons Pablo´s postdoctoral project was a turning point in his life. The project focused on improving the soil ecosystem for more efficient reforestation practices in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. In the process, Pablo collaborated with an indigenous community that lives inside the Reserve. Through the project, 94% seedling survival rates were achieved, and the forest ecosystem was restored in just four years. Pablo learned that collaborating with local communities and promoting their well being is the only way to effectively conserve the forest ecosystem that monarchs choose as their overwintering grounds. This project earned Pablo the 2014 Pollinator Advocate Award which has encouraged to continue finding ways to conserve the forests that host monarch butterflies during the winter.  Pablo has also collaborated with American Entomologist Dr. Lincoln Brower (Sept 10, 1931 - July 17, 2018), who became famous for his important studies of the monarch butterflies, including their automimicry, chemical ecology and what could be done to assist their conservation.
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Visiting the monarch butterfly overwintering colonies with Pablo promises to be a wonderful experience not only focused on learning more about these incredible insects but also to see how all of us can help conserve and protect these iconic winged creatures.

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES 2020

This video was recorded on January 12, 2020.  If you let it run, the slow-motion scenery is quite impressive, considering this filmed on an older i-phone.

TOUR ITINERARY

Friday February 21, 2020

PRESENTATION DINNER WITH RESEARCH SCIENTIST 

DR. PABLO JARAMILLO LOPEZ

Enjoy a beautiful 6 course meal with musical entertainment by Rodrigo Nefthali Lopez Alarcon & Carlos Castro.  Dr. Pablo Jarmillo Lopez will offer a visual presentation about conservation and the Monarch Butterfly habitats.  Finish the evening with dessert and a Q&A period followed by discussion.

Location:  Cielo Cocina Restaurant - Terraza, Blvd. García de León 700, Nueva Chapultepec. Morelia

Doors Open:  6:30 PM        Dinner:  7:15 PM        Presentation:  8 PM        Tickets:  $1200 MXP

Saturday February 22, 2020

VISIT SIERRA CHINCUA MONARCH RESERVE WITH 

DR. PABLO JARAMILLO LOPEZ

Hike through the oyamel forests of Sierra Chincua Reserve with Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez for an informative and educational perspective on this phenomenal migration.  Dr. Jaramillo Lopez will entertain you with stories about his collaborations with late American Entomologyst Dr. Lincoln Brower, and will be ready to answer any questions you may have.  Expect fascinating discussion today.

Meeting Location:  Casona Rosa B&B - 275 Calle Galeana, Historico Centro, Morelia

Breakfast:  7:30 AM        Departure:  8:30 AM        Return:  7 PM        Tour Cost:  $2800 MXP

Friday February 21, 2020

Please join us at Casona Rosa B&B by 5:30 PM for a glass of wine.  We will all travel by taxi to the restaurant, which will be pre-arranged.  Taxi's are not included, but will cost about 70 MXP per cab.  

The 6 course dinner + food tip, presentation & music entertainment are all included in your ticket price.  Drinks + beverage tips are not included.  It is customary to tip the musicians.

 

If you are not staying in the centro of Morelia, we can call you a separate cab home and will help you negotiate the rate with the driver.  The taxi's are approximately 70-80 MXP to any of the hotels in Morelia.

 

Saturday February 22, 2020

 

If you would like to join us for breakfast, please confirm your breakfast reservation with us, and arrive at Casona Rosa B&B no later than 7:30.  Breakfast is $120 MXP (unless you are a guest of the B&B).  

 

We will depart Casona Rosa B&B at 8:30 AM with a professional licensed guide.  The trip takes about 3 hours, though we will stop at a store for ice.  If you would like to purchase beer for the cooler, this is your last chance!  (If you prefer wine, we recommend purchasing this beforehand, as the OXXO's don't all carry white wine).  

Once we get to the park, you can choose to hike or horseback ride.  Horseback riding costs 100 MXP each way, plus a tip.  We recommend tipping your guide a minimum of 20 MXP.  

 

IMPORTANT:  Even if you horseback ride, you will still have to walk for about 25-40 mins, depending on where the colony is.  If you have issues with balance, knees or hips, please consider bringing a walking stick.  If you have asthma or any issues that impede your breathing, please contact us before booking this tour.  The reserve is seated at 10,000 Feet above sea level, so is challenging for those of us who normally reside at sea level.  Please know your limits and discuss your concerns with us.          

TRAVEL DETAILS

CHARCUTERIE PICNIC

Please let us know if you have any allergies ahead of time

We will provide you with reusable dishes and drink-ware

to reduce waste.  We will also provide cutlery & corkscrew.

LUNCH WILL BE SERVED IN THE PARKING LOT FOLLOWING OUR RETURN FROM THE MONARCH COLONY

Italiam Salamis

Cured Salmon

Tuna Atun

Smoked Oysters

Blue Gorgonzola Cheese

Cream Cheese

Ash-Cased Cheese

Merlot Cased Aged Farmhouse

Mennonite Jalapeno Cheese

Housemade Jelly

Stuffed Olives

Dried Figs

Mixed Nuts

Crackers

Fresh Baguette

Coconut Candies

TESTIMONIALS FOR THIS TOUR

TRIP INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Accommodations are not included

  • We are happy to assist you with  your hotel reservations

MEALS & BEVERAGES

  • Cielo Cocina Fusion Dinner + Tip Included

  • Cielo Cocina Fusion Drinks + Tips Not Included

  • Breakfast at Casona Rosa B&B is $120 for non-guests of the B&B

  • Charcuterie Picnic & Purified Water at the Monarch Reserve is Included

  • Beverages are not included.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Taxi to Cielo Cocina Fusion will cost approximately $80 MXP per Taxi

  • Return Van transportation from Morelia to Sierra Chincua is included

  • Assistance from nearby locales is available for an additional charge

SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Entertainment by Rodrigo Nefthali Lopez Alarcon & Carlos Castro Included

  • Tips are customary - Suggestion of $50 MXP

  • Visual Presentation by Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez Included

  • Sierra Chincua Tour lead by Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez Included

CHARITABLE DONATIONS

  • Majority of proceeds for Monarch Butterfly Research will be announced at Dinner 

  • We will donate a smaller portion of proceeds to NGO Butterflies & Their People

  • Please contact us if you would like to further donate to either cause

RESERVATIONS & CANCELLATIONS

RESERVATIONS

We require a 35% non-refundable deposit to confirm your reservation

The balance is due in Pesos upon arrival

 

If you would like to pay your balance with a Credit Card, we charge 4% for processing fees .  Please make arrangements with us so we can invoice you 48 hrs in advance of your arrival.

CANCELLATIONS

If you need to cancel, please try to let us know within two weeks prior to departure

If you have a friend who can take your place, you may transfer your deposit

PAYMENT METHODS

For your deposit, we will invoice you using:

Square

or

Paypal

If you have a Canadian account, you can e-transfer us at info@soulofmexicotours.com

Square & Paypal accept all major credit cards and are recognized for secure online banking.  You do not need to divulge your information to us for payment. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION 

YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

We request emergency contact information from our guests, in the event that there is an accident or emergency.  Please ensure your next of kin has your medical insurance information.  If you would like to include your insurance provider contact information with your emergency contact, this can certainly be helpful in the event that something happens during our travels.

OUR CONTACT INFORMATION

Please give our contact information to your next of kin, in the event that a family member or friend needs to contact you due to an emergency.

Jennifer Bjarnason

Em:  info@soulofmexicotours.com

Whatsapp Text:  001 (778) 585 1882

Mexican Cell Text:  +52 (443) 639 2782

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