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SEA TO SKY JOURNEY
FROM ZIHUATANEJO

February 1-8, 2023
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JOURNEY FROM SEA TO SKY

 

Step away from the tropical heat of Zihuatanejo's beautiful sandy beaches for a bucket-list worthy expedition to visit the Monarch Butterflies, and explore several enchanting and important Pueblo Magico's of the nearby highlands.  Enjoy an educational lecture and dinner party with Dr. Pablo Jaramillo Lopez, to learn about the sacred migration of butterflies, their obstacles and solutions for survival.  Embark on a magical trek through the oyamel and pine forests to visit the monarchs in person, then explore the Pueblo Magico's of Tlalpujahua, El Oro de Hidalgo, Ixtepan de la Sal, Tonatico and Taxco.  This tour also includes 3 UNESCO sites, being the city centro of Morelia, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere, and the ancient city of Xochicalco.

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MEXICO'S SACRED MIGRATION

 

Americans and Canadians aren't the only snowbirds who migrate south for the winter.  The single most phenomenal migration of the world takes place between the Canadian province of Ontario, and Mexico's majestic state of Michoacan.

Visit the UNESCO Protected Monarch Butterfly Biosphere with an award winning research scientist, for an educational and rewarding experience.  Spend the night in Michoacan's nearby Pueblo Magico Tlalpujahua, which is famed for their hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments.  This tour is designed for philanthropists with a passion for protecting nature, and who feel compelled to make a difference.

 

HOW DOES THIS TOUR MAKE A DIFFERENCE? 

 

It is estimated that between 150,000 to 250,000 people visit the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere in Mexico each year.  Most of those visitors enjoy seeing the Monarchs, but learn little to nothing about their migration or environment, or how we as individuals, can make a difference to Monarch survival.  Not only do we educate our guests about the daily impact our personal choices make (eg: dietary),  this tour also raises funds for science research in the Monarch Butterfly Reserves, with a focus on soil restoration and local solutions.  Something foreigners rarely understand, even after visiting the reserves, is that indigenous Mazahua groups have been living in and logging the reserves since long before the world ever knew about the Monarch Migration.  Due to intense population growth and sustenance that relies heavily on logging, part of Dr. Jaramillo's work with soil has involved hands-on work with indigenous Mazahua communities, teaching them sustainable practices for organic avocado production, with sales that replace any revenues lost through the surrender of traditional logging practices.  The money raised from these tours assist local scientists in their endeavor to educate and inspire future generations about sustainability. 

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" We'd like to give a special thanks to Jennifer, at Soul of Mexico Tours, for planning and executing this event perfectly. This tour was truly a magical experience that we will never forget. We have already highly recommended this tour to our family and friends."

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Benoit Laroche

QUICK INFO

PRICE DETAILS
$TBA  MXN based on shared room
TBA Single Supplement
TOUR LOCATION
Starts & Ends in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero
TOUR DATES
Feb 1 - Feb 8, 2023
GROUP DETAILS
Age Group:  18+ (Private = 10+)
Group Size:  6
HOTEL LOCATION
Morelia x 1 Night
Tlalpujahua x 2 Nights
Ixtepan de la Sal x 2 Nights
Taxco x 2 Nights
THIS TOUR IS A FUNDRAISER
Thank you for helping us raise funds
for important science research
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HOPE FOR THE MONARCHS

Hotel Location:  Morelia, Michoacan

Date:  Wednesday February 1, 2023

 

This morning, depart Patzcuaro by 9 AM, first stopping in Tzintzuntzan to explore this lovely Pueblo Magico.  Have lunch at La Yacatas, then travel to Capula, to visit the estate of Juan Torres.  From Capula, you will be transported to your hotel in Morelia.

Our dinner party at Cielo Cocina Fusion starts at 6:00 with cocktails and wine.  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the lecture with visual presentation will begin at approximately 7:30 PM, following dessert.  Dr. Jaramillo Lopez will deliver a fascinating lecture and visual presentation to explain the Monarch butterfly migration, and will also explore the obstacles these fragile insects face, alone with solutions that we can be a part of, in our every day lives.  This is a really inspiring lecture, as it is solution based and raises money for Dr. Jaramillo's research in the reserves.

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Dinner is Included  - Drinks + Drink Tips are separate

Lecture is included - Donations are welcome

Hotel in Morelia is included

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SACRED MIGRATION TOUR

Hotel Location:  Tlalpujahua, Michoacan

Date:  Thursday February 2, 2023

Depart this morning by 8 AM for a noon arrival at the Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Reserve.  We will have snacks for the bus and a toast in the park, prior to departing for the short hike to the wintering home of the Monarchs.  Upon returning to the park entrance, we will enjoy a lovely charcuterie picnic, complete with lcoal award winning wines from Queretaro State.  This elegant afternoon ends with dinner in the Pueblo Magico of Tlalpujahua, where we can browse the local galleries and rest.

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Transportation Included (from Centro Morelia)

Entrance Fees Included

Charcuterie Picnic with Wine & Mezcal Included

Tour led by Dr. Jaramillo included

Hotel in Tlalpujahua Included

Breakfast and Dinner Separate

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CHARCUTERIE PICNIC

Your tour coordinator will stay behind to prepare your picnic, while you are in the Monarch Butterfly reserve with Dr. Jaramillo.  Our picnic creates little waste, as we bring picnic-ware to avoid waste.  Read more about our picnics here! 

Our Charcuterie Menu includes:

  • Salami

  • Select Cheeses

  • Star-shaped Olive Bread (Homemade)

  • Olive Tapenade (Homemade)

  • Beet Hummus (Homemade) 

  • Smoked Oysters

  • Salmon or Tuna (Depends on Availability)

  • Vegetable Platter

  • Fruit Platter

  • Fruit Dip (Homemade)

  • Baguette

  • Mexican Wines (White, Rose & Red)

  • Mezcal

  • Flavoured San Pellegrino (non-alcoholic)

  • Virgils sugar-free Soda (for diabetics)

  • Chocolate Truffles (Homemade)

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TWIN VILLAGES

Hotel Location:  Tlalpujahua

Date:  Friday February 3, 2023

This morning we will explore the captivating towns of El Oro de Hidalgo and Tlalpujahua, while learning the history of the mining history and brutal tragedy that closed the Dos Estrellas Mine.  Though El Oro de Hidalgo is only a 10-15 minute drive from Tlalpujahua, it is located in Mexico State.

 

This tour will allow you the chance to enjoy free time in the afternoon, browsing through the glass workshops and galleries that sell Christmas ornaments that this picturesque village is famed for.   

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*****

All Meals Separate

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MATLATZINCO

Hotel Location:  Ixtepan de la sal

Date:  Saturday February 4, 2023

This morning we depart Tlalpujahua for the city of Toluca.  After having lunch and exploring some of Toluca's treasures, we will head to the Pueblo Magico of Ixtepan de la Sal.

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*****

All Entrance Fees Included

All Meals Separate

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GRUTAS DE LA ESTRELLA

Hotel Location:  Ixtepan de la sal

Date:  Sunday February 5, 2023

Today we will have the chance to explore the quaint Pueblo Magico of Ixtepan de la Sal, and visit the Grutas de la Estrella, or Star Cave.  For those who want to soak in hot-springs, this town is known for it's water parks.  Please contact us for more information if you would like to visit one of the spas.

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*****

All Entrance Fees Included

Spa's Optional (Not Included)

All Meals Separate

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A CITY OF SILVER

Hotel Location:  Taxco

Date:  Monday February 6, 2023

Today we depart Ixtepan de la Sal for the beguiling streets of one of Mexico's most famed silver towns.  Spend the day browsing through the many galleries, and visiting the phenomenal Santa de Prisca Church to see a fine example of Churrigueresque architecture.  In the afternoon, if guests would like to swim in pristine and cool waters, we can take guests to Pozos Azules for the afternoon.   

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*****

Posoz Azules Optional (Entrance not included)

All Meals Separate

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IN THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS

Hotel Location:  Taxco

Date:  Tuesday February 7, 2023

This morning we will depart Taxco for the UNESCO protected ancient city of Xochicalco.  Built between 200-900 AD, this site features characteristics of many cultures including Olmec, Zapotec and Aztec, including many elaborate and stunning frescoes that remain well preserved.  We will spend the bulk of our day here, before returning to Taxco for an afternoon of free time.    

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*****

Entrance Fees Included

All Meals Separate

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TO THE BEACH

Hotel Location:  N/A

Date:  Wednesday February 8, 2023

This morning we will depart Taxco and return to lovely Zihuatanejo.  We will depart early in the morning, for an afternoon arrival.

 

We hope you have had a wonderful journey, and will adventure with us again!   

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*****

All Meals Separate

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TOUR CONSIDERATIONS

 

Not all tours are meant for everyone!  Please take a moment to read through a few considerations, before committing to this tour!

Elevation:  If you suffer from COPD, are on oxygen, or suffer from altitude sickness, this is not the right tour for you.  We start at an altitude of 1981 Meters (6500 Feet), and climb to a height of nearly 3050 Meters (10,000 Feet).    

Hiking:  As the monarchs move throughout the season, we are never sure where we will end up - but as horses are not allowed within the protected area, it's inevitable that riders will need to hike.  The hike at Sierra Chincua is much tamer than the steep incline of El Rosario; however, there are steep sections on the trails and even those on horseback will hike for around 20 mins each way.  The paths are well marked and stable.  Please remain on the path whenver possible, and try not to trample vegetation at the edges of the trail.

 

Horseback Riding:  Horseback riding is optional, though when it is crowded, it can be a long wait for a return-ride.  The rides cost approximately $200 MXN each way / $400 return.  Please consider tipping your guides, as their income here is very seasonal.

Grutas de la Estrella:  There are a lot of staircases inside the cave, so be prepared to walk.  If you suffer from claustrophobia, we suggest skipping this activity.  Please contact us ahead of time so we can find some alternate activities for you.

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TOUR ETIQUETTE

 

Be Flexible:  Traffic jams or delays can happen anywhere.  We will always try our best to keep