Project Description

The Migration of the Monarch Butterflies

~ Mexico City, Valle de Bravo & Morelia ~

Travel Dates: February 2021

*Women’s Only Tour*

Monarch Butterfly, Migration Mexico City tour, Fabulous Food, Iron balconies & tiled rooftops, Lakes and Forests, History and Art, Colonial Cities & Baroque Facades, Butterfly Sanctuaries, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Women’s Only small group tour, Culinary Class and Markets, Teotihuacan Archaeological Site “Place of the Gods”

ITINERARY

Day 1   Saturday, February 6, 2021 International flight to Mexico City

Overnight: Mexico City Meals included: TBA

¡Hola! Welcome to Mexico City.  

Tonight our special welcome dinner will be served at the Café Tacuba Restaurant

Day 2  Sunday, February 7, 2021 Mexico City

Overnight: Mexico City Meals included: BL

Full day City tour – details TBA

Day 3 Monday, February 8, 2021 Mexico City to Valle de Bravo  

Overnight: Valle de Bravo Meals included: B-BL

After breakfast, we will depart for Valle de Bravo in the State of Mexico. En route, visit “Piedra Herrada”, the newest sanctuary opened for viewing the Monarch butterflies. This area is “wilder” than other sanctuaries and often provides a more remote nature experience. After lunch, we will continue to Valle de Bravo, named “magical town” (Pueblo Mágico) in 2005, with its terracotta-tiled roofs, iron balconies and cobbled streets.  After settling into our hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore and dine.

Day 4 Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Valle de Bravo

Overnight: Valle de Bravo Meals included: B-BL-D

Today, enjoy your private city tour of Valle de Bravo, take the Tranvía and tour this charming town, see the artificial Lake Avandaro, the Municipal Boardwalk and Dock where many bars and restaurants are located, some floating alongside the dock. End your tour with lunch at Nuestro Restaurante. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace.

Day 5 Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Valle de Bravo to Morelia

Overnight: Morelia Meals included: B-BL-D

After checkout and breakfast, you will continue to Morelia,  a city in the state of Michoacán, that has stopped in the time, with its calm streets that remain silent witnesses of the history that has been accumulating in every nook and corner. En route, visit the Sanctuary of “El Rosario” in the state of Michoacán, the largest sanctuary of the Monarch Butterfly in Mexico. Hike uphill along a 3-mile path, where you will see butterflies clinging to Oyamel trees. *See notes below for more information. Later in the afternoon, continue to Morelia, the capital of Michoacan.  Tonight’s dinner will be served at the Restaurant Lu.  

Day 6 Thursday, February 11, 2021 Morelia

Overnight: Morelia Meals included: B-D

Today, with your local guide, explore the Morelia, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Morelia is a lively city endowed with a university where the traditional life is very active. The streets of the central district are lined with colonial buildings with arches, baroque facades and walls of pink stone. It is one of the most important colonial cities of Mexico and has been declared the World Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Here is will see the baroque facade and the neo-classic interior of its magnificent Cathedral, the Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de Gobierno, the Palace of Clavijero, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe (or San Diego) with its magnificent baroque décor. In the evening, enjoy dinner at Restaurante Los Mirasoles located in the downtown area, to enjoy the ambiance of the beautiful city.

Day 7  Friday, February 12, 2021 Morelia to Mexico City 

Overnight: Mexico City Meals included: B-D

This morning depart for Mexico City with a stop along the way in Toluca. Here we will visit the stunning and unique Cosmovitral Jardín Botánico. Originally built in 1909 as a marketplace, today is the home of many gardens, all lit through 48 stained-glass panels designed by the Tolucan artist ~ Leopoldo Flores, with the help of 60 artisans. These 500,000 pieces of glass come in 28 different colours from seven countries, including Japan, Belgium and Italy. Enjoy! End this day in Mexico City with your special farewell dinner at Villa Maria Restaurant

Day 8  Saturday, February 13, 2021 International flight home

Overnight: N/A Meals included: On board

Departure home.

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*Please note: This tour is subject to final edits and changes

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B – Breakfast    L – Lunch   D – Dinner

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All private transfers by air-conditioned coach
  • English speaking professional and licensed guides
  • You private TYW tour director
  • All land taxes and service on meals
  • Entrance fees to: National Palace, Piedra Herrada Butterfly Sanctuary and El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary, Cosmovitral Botanical Garden, Archaeological sites as listed  

EXCLUSIONS

  • International Air and air taxes
  • All gratuities for drivers and guides
  • All meals and beverages not mentioned in your day-to-day itinerary
  • Horseback riding at the Butterfly Sanctuary (to be paid on the spot)
  • Post-Tour add on to Guadalupe
  • Travel Visas (if applicable)

PACKAGE PRICE

Based on 12 travellers in shared twin accommodations

Based on land rates of 2020/21

$2,795.00 land only

Single Supplement: $610.00

*Contact TYW for alternate flight options and availability.  tours@tyw.ca | 780-739-2245

Optional Extension Tour (February 13 – 14, 2021)

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Teotihuacan Pyramids

Day 9  Saturday, February 13, 2021 Guadalupe and Teotihuacan Pyramids

Overnight: Mexico City Meals included: BL

Today depart towards the Basilica of Guadalupe, the most famous sanctuary in Mexico located on Tepeyac Hill, dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, close to where Our Lady appeared to an indigenous Mexican. This is an important pilgrimage site and is one of the most visited churches in the world. The original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is impressed on the cloak of Saint Juan Diego that is now on display within the church.  Here you can admire from the square, the old temple dating the 16th century which raises itself on mount Tepeyac and the old basilica built in the 18th century. See the Place of the Three Cultures where the three periods of the Mexican History are recognized, reflected by the architecture in the centre Plaza ~ The pre-hispanic, the colonial and the modern periods. 

After lunch, we will continue on to the great Teotihuacan Pyramids (Place of the Gods) situated 53 km northeast from Mexico City.

Here we will tour the archaeological site where the culture of Teotihuacan first appeared and developed. Discovery of the temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Sun, the Palacio de Quetzalpapálotl and the Pyramid of the Moon from where you will have a magnificent view on the Avenue of the Deaths.

Day 10 Sunday, February 14, 2021 International flight home

Overnight: N/A Meals included: On board

PACKAGE PRICE

Based on 9 -14 travellers in shared twin accommodations

Based on land rates of 2020/21

$235.00

Single Supplement: $100.00

Extension Tour Inclusions

  • 1-night accommodation in Mexico City (superior room)
  • 1 Breakfast & 1 lunch in Gran Teocalli (with taxes & services)
  • Full day excursion to Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine
  • Private coach transportation with air conditioning
  • English-speaking guide during the excursion

Extension Tour Exclusions

  • Arrival transfer from Mexico City airport to Hotel
  • Dinner and all beverages
  • Services not detailed in the program
  • Personal extras at hotels and restaurants
  • Gratuities to guide and driver

TRAVEL FACTS:

Country visiting: Mexico

Language: Spanish

Currency: Mexican Pesos

Visas: Not needed for Canadian passport holders

Vaccinations: *Recommended that all immunizations should be up to date 

Luggage Allowance: Please confirm with your airline of choice

Climate for February: Warm and sunny ~ lows of 6°C, highs of 25°C

IMPORTANT NOTES:

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Application Due Date: TBA

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