• Monarch butterfly migration

Highlights of Michoacan with Butterflies

All prices are in USD per person, based on double occupancy.
From January to March
One of the world’s most outstanding natural events occurs each year in North America, featuring one of its most unlikely creatures, the delicate Monarch butterfly. Up to 300 million Monarch Butterflies fly from Canada and the US southward, for up to 3,000 mile and overwinter in Mexico for approximately five months without breeding until the end of March when they reach sexual maturity.

Day 1
Puerto Vallarta – Angangueo

with dinner included upon arrival

Day 2
Visit Rosario reserve and on to Morelia

Encounter with the monarchs, city tour in Morelia.

Day 3

Boat trip in Janitzio.

Day 4

Highlands of Michoacan.

Day 5
Guadalajara – Puerto Vallarta

Morning walking tour through Guadalajara.

Monarch Butterflies Migration Tour Rates Price (USD) Duration
  • Single room
  • Double room
  • Triple room
$845 5 days
$745 5 days
TBA 5 days

This tour operates with a minimum of 6 people, max 14. Small groups only.

Upcoming tours:


January 21-25 (Fully booked)

January 28-February 01 (Fully booked)

February 11-15  (Fully booked)

February 18-22 (very limited spaces available)

March 11-15

Private Package
  • If these dates don´t work out for you, we can also arrange a private tour. Just send us the dates that you are interested and we will work out something for you. You can leave any day, based on availability. We customize any tour if you rather visit other places. Museums are closed on Mondays. A private group can be done if your group pays for 3 double rooms. If your group consists of 4 people you can take the option to pay for 6 people so a private tour can be guaranteed. If you have a larger private group, the tour can operate with our normal public rates.


Included in the tour:

  • Ground transportation in Mercdes Sprinter with a/c
  • Local bilingual guide
  • 4 nights lodging: 1 in Angangueo, 1 in Morelia, 1 in Patzcuaro and 1 in Tlaquepaque
  • Visit and Entrance Fee to the “El Rosario” monarch butterfly sanctuary
  • Entrance fees for TzinTzunTzan
  • Boat trip to Janitzio
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary (four breakfasts and one dinner)
  • bottled water during transportation

Not included in the tour:

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities, tipping to local guides, driver, bellboys, horse owners, etc
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature or any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

Our group tour is guided in English.

Monarch Butterflies in Michoacan Tour

Until recently, the location of the Monarch Butterflies` breeding grounds remained a mystery. How an infant generation of Monarch butterflies finds it a new each year is still an enigma. Learn about their amazing migration and photograph the monarch butterfly in its natural habitat on this one of a kind Mexican expedition. Besides this unique experience, will visit cities as Morelia and Guadalajara, plus the magic villages of Patzcuaro and Angangueo. This “Superior” Tour is not to be missed!

Day 1. Monday Puerto Vallarta – Angangueo
In our comfortable vehicle with a/c, we will travel to Angangueo. We will explore the village upon arrival with our walking tour. This is one if Mexico´s “Magic Villages” and worth to be explored!  We chose this village for the first night so that the following day we can be early in the butterfly reserve before the large crowds come.We will spend the night a a very charming hotel: Don Gabino* in Anguangueo, with dinner included.

Day 2. Tuesday Anguangueo- El Rosario Sanctuary-Morelia
After breakfast at the hotel today we will venture for an encounter with the monarchs. Usually the highest concentrations of monarchs are found at this Sanctuary. Monarchs are located at elevations of 9,000 to 11,000 ft above sea level. After a steep hike of approximately one mile we´ll finally find the millions of monarchs covering the tall oyamel fir trees, and as the sun warms their black and orange wings, the butterflies fill the air. Mexico’s sanctuaries are the only places in the world where you can actually hear butterflies’ wings beating.  After this amazing experience we will have lunch closeby and will continue to Morelia, the State Capital of Michoacan.  Upon arrival we will make a City Tour. This City, listed on the world heritage list of the Unesco, can be considered as one of the most beautiful of the country. It´s like walking around in a City of Souther Spain, the architecture is amazing.

Day 3 Wednesday Patzcuaro & Janitzio.

Today we travel to another “Magic Village”; Patzcuaro. We drive along a beautiful landscape in the highlands of Michoacan. Upon arrival we will make first a boat trip to the Island of Janitzio, where we will visit the statue of Josè Maria Morelos. This is the heart of the Tarascan indigenous people.  After the boat trip we will make a walking tour through Patzcuaro with it`s beautiful plazas, churches and an amazing mural in the library. One night in Patzcuaro.

Day 4 Thursday Patzcuaro-Tzintzuntzan-Capula-TLaquepaque
Still in the highlands of Michoacan, we visit the town of Tzintzuntzan. The most wonderful handicrafts can be found on the little market. Furthermore we visit the Archeological site just out of town. Then we continue to Capula, another unique village close to the Patzcuaro lake.  This is where the famous ” Catrina” statues are made. A must to visit when visiting Michoacan! In the late afternoon we continue to Guadalajara, where we will spen  dthe night at Tlaquepaque art district. Having some time to go around shopping and exploring the main plaza

Day 5. Friday Guadalajara – Puerto Vallarta
This morning we spend with a walking tour through Guadalajara. Have you been to Guadalajara before? No worries, you can spend some time on your own before we head back to Puerto Vallarta.


  • We will primarily be traveling in a mountainous, cool environment (yet close to the sun). Weather is typically windy and cool
  • Temperatures will vary during the day, as well as depending upon the time of year in which your expedition takes place. For those expeditions departing from January to mid-February, be prepared with warm, windproof clothing to wear while in mountainous areas
  • For those expeditions departing in late February and March, heavy clothing may not be necessary. As mornings can still be chilly, you will want to be prepared with layer able clothing that you can remove throughout the day as temperatures increase (i.e. T-shirt, fleece, etc.)
  • This tour is mainly on high elevated areas; make sure you are in good conditions.



  • Lightweight, waterproof rain jacket
  • Windproof fleece
  • Lightweight, water-resistant hiking shoes or tennis
  • Warm sleepwear , the hotels in Angangueo are unheated and can get very cold at night


About the hotel: Plaza Don Gabino Hotel Angangueo Michoacan
Plaza Don Gabino Hotel is located in the tiny mountain village of Angangueo. Here, amenities are limited, but enormous charm and authenticity are the rule. This is a 7 rooms accommodations in the region and, even so, the hotel is not heated, and you must run the shower for a long time to get warm water. But extra blankets and a space heater are provided in each room and the remote charm adds to our trip. We have chosen this town (and the Plaza Don Gabino) for the unique ambience, its involvement in Monarch preservation and its relative access to Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary.

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