Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travelers
A very important feature of this adventure is the limited group size, as butterfly encounters are best experienced in a quiet, intimate setting. Small groups also mean our environmental impact is light.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the final day, purified drinking water, soda and beer with meals, services of NHA Expedition Leaders, all airport transfers (including early arrival transfers if extra hotel night(s) are booked at the Camino Real Polanco), horseback riding at butterfly sanctuaries, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end points of trip, alcoholic beverages (except beer with meals), some gratuities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, Internet, etc.), optional travel insurance.
Visiting the butterfly sanctuaries requires walking for approximately two miles at a time at altitudes up to 10,660 feet, on very steep inclines and sometimes over rough, rocky terrain, in some cases walking up and down over 600 steps to reach the butterflies. The physical exertion involved can be considered strenuous for people who are less active. Horses are available to ride for some portions of certain trails at the sanctuaries, though trails are narrow and rugged, and riders must be alert to maintaining balance. Due to the small stature of the horses that are local to the Mexican highlands, the maximum rider weight each horse can carry is 260 pounds. Travelers concerned with their physical capabilities should contact our office for further details on the exact physical requirements of this trip, as well as their personal physician for an appraisal of their suitability for the demands of this itinerary.
Important Information About This Trip
The monarch butterfly sanctuaries in central Mexico are a wonder that no nature lover should miss! Observing the movements of the monarchs is a truly moving experience. This trip can be more strenuous than most, however, so please read carefully the section on 'Physical Requirements' above.
Getting There & Getting Home
Plan to arrive no later than 5:30 pm on Day 1 of the adventure, as there is an informal group welcome dinner and orientation at 7 pm. You are free to depart anytime on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.