MEXICO CITY, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, AND MONARCH BUTTERFLY.
AN EXQUISITE TOUR.
A tour by plane - 7 days - February 27th, 2024
Monarch Butterfly - Michoacan
San Miguel de Allende
THIS TOUR INCLUDES
Transfers McAllen – Reynosa’s airport – McAllen
Airfare Reynosa – Mexico City – Reynosa
Complimentary bottled water available on a ground transportation vehicle
6 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
Air conditioned chartered motorcoach or minibus
All hotel nights
Admission to admission to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary of El Rosario.
Certified bilingual tour guide.
Full itinerary below.
Price $1,250 p/p
Tuesday, Feb 27th, 2024 - Day 1
Your adventure into our neighboring country starts with a transfer to Reynosa´s airport. Your flight to Mexico City will take less than two hours and… here it is, a huge population of 23+ million people in the metropolitan area, known to locals as DF (Spanish abbreviation for Federal District): the capital of the Mexican Republic!!!
Our tour will include views of the main square or “zócalo”, the presidential palace, once the place where Aztec emperor Moctezuma had his living headquarters, the massive metropolitan cathedral and the ruins of the “Templo Mayor” (Great Temple), and the sacred Aztec temple devoted to the Gods of War and Rain! Once through with lunch, we will leave Mexico City! Our destination is the Villa Monarca Hotel, situated on the outskirts of Zitácuaro, in the state of Michoacan! Enjoy the included dinner and make sure to fully charge the batteries of your cameras and other devices for tomorrow´s destination! Your guide will offer a presentation about the monarch butterfly: learn about the distance they cover from Canada, the multigenerational journey they undertake to go back home, and many other important facts about these migrant fellows!!!
Tonight, the temperature might drop, so, get ready to cuddle up!
Overnight in Zitácuaro
Wednesday, Feb 28th, 2024 - Day 2
Today is the day! We are on our way to the Monarch Biosphere Reserve! Our driver will take us to the town of Ocampo and then to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary of El Rosario. The wonderful experience of getting so close to the monarch butterflies that you will be able to hear the flapping of their wings and the colorful display they put on when they come down to the ground to get water, will become memories not to be soon forgotten!
We will be dropped off near the visitors’ center and is up the hill for a while, or you may want to rent a horse to ride your way up! Just make sure to take it easy, anyway! As you climb, make sure to look for the Broad-billed hummingbird, you could get a great snap of it!
Millions of Monarch butterflies cluster on fir trees in the state of Michoacán! They certainly happen to be one of the most spectacular shows that nature can offer to mankind! Although we might not want to, we´ll have to continue to our next stop.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Overnight in San Miguel de Allende
Thursday, Feb 29th, 2024 - Day 3
Be prepared to eyewitness an amazing assault of colonial architecture and color to the eyes around every corner: 16th-century buildings, cobblestone streets, plenty of art galleries, high-quality handcraft stores and boutiques, picture-worth scenes, and monuments! A walking tour will be offered to get you acquainted with the most representative icons in town, including the gothic-like parish devoted to Saint Michael, the main square, the market, Hidalgo Street, the Canal House, the Allende Museum, and more. An interesting activity has to do with riding the local trolley and will afford you views of areas of town that otherwise you could miss! Enjoy people-watching at the main square or join locals to listen to mariachi music before (or after) dinner.
Overnight in San Miguel de Allende.
Friday, March 1st, 2024 - Day 4
Well, time to enjoy the hot springs near town. We will be staying here till noon, and we will then depart for lunch at the best chicken restaurant you have ever tried (they offer several other options on their menu, don’t worry!). Right after lunch, we will continue our way back to Mexico City, with enough time for you to explore the surroundings of our hotel.
Overnight in Mexico City.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 - Day 5
We will go north of Mexico City to visit the archaeological city of Teotihuacan, the first one built in Mesoamerica. Get to see the local museum to get a closer look at some of the artifacts found during excavations and take a chance to walk along the Avenue of Death, where you can have great views to the Pyramid to the Sun or the Pyramid to the Moon. Have lunch at a great restaurant while you admire the presentation of prehispanic dances or mariachi musicians! On our way back to Mexico City, we will visit the Basilica that honors Our Lady of Guadalupe, the second most visited sanctuary in the world right after the Vatican!
Overnight in Mexico City.
Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 - Day 6
We´ll tour the southern part of Mexico City as we visit Coyoacán, house to many intellectuals, diplomats, and artists. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived in this suburb! After lunch, there will be a chance to visit Xochimilco, “the floating gardens of Mexico”, enlisted by UNESCO in 1987 as a World Heritage Site. We might be lucky enough to watch the presentation of the famous flying men “Voladores de Papantla” and we will have a chance to buy some souvenirs at bargain prices!!! As an optional but highly recommended activity for tonight, at the gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts, you are strongly suggested to enjoy the presentation of the best folkloric ballet in Mexico: Ballet Nacional de Amalia Hernandez! Your guide can help you get tickets and transportation for this unique experience.
Please remember that we will have a very early wake-up call since our flight is scheduled for departure in accordance. At Reynosa’s airport, transportation will be waiting to bring us back to McAllen.
Overnight in Mexico City
Monday, March 4th, 2024 - Day 7
Very early morning wake-up call to catch our flight back to Reynosa, where transportation will be provided to McAllen. Then, you may want to share with your friends and family the wonderful loads of memories you just got from this unforgettable tour!
THIS TOUR INCLUDES: transfers McAllen – Reynosa’s airport - McAllen, round airfare Reynosa – Mexico City – Reynosa, 6 hotel nights, complimentary bottled water available in the vehicle, admission to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary of El Rosario, 6 hotel nights, air-conditioned chartered motor coach or van type vehicle, certified bilingual tour guide.
NOT INCLUDED: admission to the archaeological city of Teotihuacan (approximately $8 USD), or attractions nor museums (other than the ones clearly described as included in the above paragraph). Tips to waiters at any meal (we recommend a minimum of $1.50 USD or 25 mexican pesos per meal, per person). Gratuities to the tour guide are not included. We strongly recommend setting aside a minimum of $8-10 dollars per person, per day, for your tour guide. Gratuities to bus driver are not included either. Recommended minimum tip for maids of $2 USD per room, or 35 mexican pesos.
NOTE: The cost of the Mexican Immigration Permit to travel into Mexico (charged by Mexican authorities and obtainable at the air or land ports of entry), beyond the 20-mile allowed distance, is about $42 USD, and it is not included in the tour price! Tour participants must get this permit prior to the tour departure date.