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SACRED MIGRATION TOUR
TO RANCHO CAYETANO 

February 7-10, 2023
Custom Dates Available

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.  Stay in Rancho Cayetano Resort, where the late Diane Kennedy spent a great deal of time.  Bask in the tranquility of this region.  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."

*****

Benoit Laroche

QUICK INFO

PRICE DETAILS
$36,000 MXN based on shared room
$8,000 Single Supplement
TOUR LOCATION
San Miguel de Allende & Mexico City
TOUR DATES
Feb 7-10, 2023
GROUP DETAILS
Age Group:  40+
Group Size:  12 Max
HOTEL LOCATION
Rancho San Cayetano x 3 Nights
Mexico City / San Miguel de Allende not included
THIS TOUR IS A FUNDRAISER
Thank you for helping us raise funds
for important science research
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GETTING TO RANCHO SAN CAYETANO

 

The price of this tour includes transportation from San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City.  If you are travelling from somewhere else, please contact us for more information. 

From Rancho San Cayetano, we will travel together for our day tours. 

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HOPE FOR THE MONARCHS LECTURE

Hotel Location: Rancho San Cayetano, Michoacan Mexico

Date:  Tuesday February 7, 2023

 

Our transport vans will depart Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende at 11:00 AM.  Get settled into your room, have lunch and enjoy the grounds of Rancho San Cayetano. 

 

Our dinner party 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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Transportation from CDMX / San Miguel included

Dinner is Included  - Drinks + Drink Tips are separate

Lecture is included - Donations are welcome

Hotel included

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SACRED MIGRATION TOUR

Hotel Location:  Rancho San Cayetano, Michoacan

Date:  Wednesday February 8, 2023

Depart this morning by 9:00 AM for a morning arrival at San Felipe Los Alzati pyramid site.   From there, we will begin the ascent to the Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve.  

 

Enjoy a light snack and toast before hiking into the reserve with Dr. Jaramillo.  Some guests may choose to horseback ride, but will still need to dismount and hike for at least 15 mins each way.

 

Upon returning to the park entrance, we will enjoy a lovely charcuterie picnic, complete with local award winning wines from Queretaro State, artisan beer and mezcal from Michoacan.  Non-alcoholic / sugar free drinks also included.

Return to Rancho San Cayetano for a relaxing evening.

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*****

Transportation Included

All Entrance Fees Included

Charcuterie Picnic with Wine & Mezcal etc Included

Tour led by Dr. Jaramillo included

Hotel Included

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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. 

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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RETREAT & RESET

Hotel Location: Rancho San Cayetano

Date:  Thursday Feb 9, 2023

This morning we make a short stop at the Ex-Hacienda of Jesus de Nazarene enroute for the El Rosario Butterfly Reserve.  Famed for having the most concentrated population of butterflies, be prepared to horseback ride or climb a steep mountainside, most of which has steps.  

If you prefer to rest, Rancho San Cayetano offers a pool, restful gardens, and a spa. 

This evening we will enjoy a special mezcal tasting following dinner.

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*****

Tour Included

Spa Treatments Separate

All Meals Separate

Mezcal Tasting Included

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RETREAT & RESET

Hotel Location: Rancho San Cayetano

Date:  Thursday Feb 9, 2023

This morning we make a short stop at the Ex-Hacienda of Jesus de Nazarene enroute for the El Rosario Butterfly Reserve.  Famed for having the most concentrated population of butterflies, be prepared to horseback ride or climb a steep mountainside, most of which has steps.  

If you prefer to rest, Rancho San Cayetano offers a pool, restful gardens, and a spa. 

This evening we will enjoy a special mezcal tasting following dinner.

 ​

*****

Tour Included

Spa Treatments Separate

All Meals Separate

Mezcal Tasting Included

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RETREAT & RESET

Hotel Location: Rancho San Cayetano

Date:  Thursday Feb 9, 2023

This morning we make a short stop at the Ex-Hacienda of Jesus de Nazarene enroute for the El Rosario Butterfly Reserve.  Famed for having the most concentrated population of butterflies, be prepared to horseback ride or climb a steep mountainside, most of which has steps.  

If you prefer to rest, Rancho San Cayetano offers a pool, restful gardens, and a spa. 

This evening we will enjoy a special mezcal tasting following dinner.

 ​

*****

Tour Included

Spa Treatments Separate

All Meals Separate

Mezcal Tasting Included

DEPARTURE DAY

Hotel Location: N/A

Date:  Friday Feb 10, 2023

This morning we depart for Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende.  If you would like to visit another region before returning to your starting point, please ask for assistance.  From Rancho Cayetano, it is possible to reach Morelia, Patzcuaro, San Miguel, Queretaro, Guanajuato City or Valle de Bravo wtihin a few hours.

If you started in San Miguel, and would like to go to Mexico City, we can arrange this - likewise for those who start in Mexico City, but want to visit San Miguel de Allende following this tour.

So long as we have advance notice, we can make arrangements for you!

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*****

Return Transport to Mexico City or San Miguel de Allende is included.  Options vary.

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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.

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TOUR ETIQUETTE

 

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.

Questions?

Please contact Jennifer at info@soulofmexicotours.com

INCLUSIONS & RESERVATIONS

HOTEL INCLUDED BASED ON 2 PER ROOM
Single Supplement is $8,000 MXN
TRANSPORTATION
Sprinter Van or Private Driver
PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANTS
PHD Scientist
Licensed National Guide
Logistics Manager / Coordinator