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.
" 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."
$10.000 MXN Ea based on shared room
$650 Single Supplement
Tlalpujahua x 1 Night
Tlalpujahua x 1 Night
Age Group: 10+
Group Size: 10 (Min) - 14 (Max)
Tlalpujahua x 1 Night
THIS TOUR IS A FUNDRAISER
Thank you for helping us raise funds
for important science research
HOPE FOR THE MONARCHS LECTURE
Hotel Location: Morelia, Michoacan
Date: Wednesday February 1, 2023
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.
Dinner is Included - Drinks + Drink Tips are separate
Lecture is included - Donations are welcome
Transportation to and from restaurant is not included. A taxi is approximately 50 Pesos each way, from the centro.
Hotel in Morelia is not included
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.
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
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:
Star-shaped Olive Bread (Homemade)
Olive Tapenade (Homemade)
Beet Hummus (Homemade)
Salmon or Tuna (Depends on Availability)
Fruit Dip (Homemade)
Mexican Wines (White, Rose & Red)
Flavoured San Pellegrino (non-alcoholic)
Virgils sugar-free Soda (for diabetics)
Chocolate Truffles (Homemade)
THE LITTLE TOWN THAT DID
Hotel Location: N/A
Date: Friday February 3, 2023
This morning we will enjoy a short walking tour of Tlalpujahua's centro, before breaking away for free time to browse the galleries. We will meet at Noon for lunch, then depart the centro for the drive back to Morelia.
If you are heading to Mexico City or San Miguel de Allende, or somewhere close, we can arrange for a taxi to take you (not included).
All Meals Separate
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.
Be Flexible: Traffic jams or delays can happen anywhere. We will always try our best to keep our schedule and activities fluid.
Be Punctual: We ask guests to be 5 mins early for departure times, so we can load the van and maintain our schedule as best as possible.
Taking Photos: If you are taking up-close photos of the locals, please ask permission. This is especially important with indigenous peoples, and children. Most often, you will be met with a warm smile.
Sales People: Please acknowledge sales people in the streets, even if you aren't interested in what they have on offer. As guests, we must be mindful to show respect for the local people, including those who are homeless and asking for change.
Tipping: It is standard for foreigners to tip between 15-20% in restaurants. If you purchase anything in the grocery stores, and someone bags your items, the standard tip is 5 Pesos per bag. (They pay for their own bags, and do not make a wage. They are often seniors who have no pensions). A standard tip for hotel rooms is $40 Pesos per night. We recommend tipping each morning, as someone different may be cleaning your room each day.
Please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org