MEXICO CITY, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE AND MONARCH BUTTERFLY…AN EXQUISITE TOUR!!!
Feb 8th & March 9th, 2020 (by plane)
7 days tour. $1,050 per person (double occupancy)
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 14 million people in the metropolitan area, known to locals as DF (Spanish abbreviation for Federal District): the capital of the Mexican Republic!!!
Upon arrival we´ll have lunch and then our driver will take us to the friendly town of San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato. Be prepared to eyewitness an amazing assault to the eyes around every corner: colonial architecture, 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!!!
Overnight in San Miguel de Allende.
This morning we are off to visit the town of Dolores Hidalgo, where Mexican independence war was originated in 1810. Enjoy the colorful hand painted pottery known to locals as talavera and shop for some unique presents! After lunch, we will head back to San Miguel de Allende! You may want to ride the local trolley to enjoy more views of this town, or may be, you happen to be interested in taking a hike in the local botanical garden, or perhaps may want to hire a cab to take you to enjoy the hot springs around, or stroll the streets in town to find your own intimate restaurant for dinner!!
Overnight in San Miguel de Allende.
After lunch we will leave San Miguel de Allende! our destination is the Villa Monarca Hotel, sitting in the outskirts of Zitacuaro, 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!
but day is the day! We are on our way to the Monarch Biosphere Reserve! Get your cameras ready and batteries fully charged!
Tonight the temperature might drop, so, get ready to cuddle up!
Breakfast included and supper included
Overnight at Villa Monarca Inn Hotel.
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 watching 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 might 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! 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!!!
Although we might not want to, we´ll have to continue our way to Mexico City!
Overnight in Mexico City.
This morning we continue our journey to Mexico City! We will stop for lunch and will tour the historic district in this metropolitan area! 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), the sacred Aztec temple devoted to the Gods of War and Rain! If at all possible, we might have the opportunity to admire the famous murals painted by Diego Rivera.
Then, we will visit the archaeological city of Teotihuacan, the first city built in Mesoamerica. Get to visit the local museum to see some of the artifacts found during excavations and take a chance to climb the huge Pyramid to the Sun or the Pyramid to the Moon. Have lunch at a great restaurant while you admire the presentation of a prehispanic show! On our way back to Mexico City, we will stop at the Basilica that honors Our Lady of Guadalupe, the second most visited sanctuary in the world right after the Vatican!
Overnight in Mexico City
We´ll tour the southern part of Mexico City as we visit Coyoacán, house to many intelectuals, 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!!!
Overnight in Mexico City!
An early morning wakeup call to get ready and catch our flight back to Reynosa, where transportation will be provided to McAllen. Then, share with your friends and family the wonderful experience you just had!
THIS TOUR INCLUDES: transfers McAllen – Reynosa’s airport - McAllen, airfare Reynosa – Mexico City – Reynosa, 6 hotel nights, complimentary bottled water available in the motor coach, 2 breakfasts in Mexico City, 2 breakfasts in San Miguel de Allende, 1 supper and 1 breakfast in Zitácuaro, admission to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary of El Rosario, hotels for six nights, air conditioned chartered motor coach or van type vehicle, certified bilingual tour guide.
NOT INCLUDED: admissions to attractions or museums (other than the ones clearly described as included in the above paragraph), tips to waiters at any meal. Gratuities to tour guide are not included. We strongly recommend setting aside a minimum of $6-8 dollars per person, per day, for your tour guide. You will find that your guide is very knowledgeable and professional. Besides, he will always be on call to take care of you in every aspect you indicate him. Gratuities to bus driver are not included either.
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 $35 USD, and it is not included in the tour price!