MONARCH BUTTERFLY RESERVE
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March 2–3, 2017
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Join the friendly, knowledgeable guides of Travelian Tours and experience for yourself the awe-inspiring natural wonder of the overwintering Monarch Butterflies, high in the mountains of central Mexico.

The migration of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is an amazing journey of nearly 3000 miles, starting from Canada and the northern United States, through the Great Plains, funneling into Texas, and then across a border they cannot see into the mountains of central Mexico. Each year a special generation of these extraordinary butterflies locates the same right place to winter in the highland pine and fir forests of Michoacan and Estado de Mexico.

Spend the first day traveling to a charming countryside eco-resort, surrounded by tree-covered hills and a fast-flowing river. After an outdoor lunch, relax and enjoy the surroundings, swim in the fresh mineral water pools or hike in search of wildflowers, birds, or even the surprise of a Monarch Butterfly larva eating up the milkweed plant on which its egg was laid. Before dinner learn more about the natural history of the Monarchs, their journeys south and north, and the new scientific discoveries about how they navigate these journeys.

After a good night’s rest, prepare for the best!! Make your journey to the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The sanctuary is located high in the mountains of eastern Michoacan and is the perfect setting for travelers to experience not only hundreds of thousands of Monarch butterflies, but also the breathtaking natural landscape of this region. Hike or ride on horseback up to the overwintering butterfly colony. Take a second look at the thick-clumped branches of the pines and firs, then realize that you are seeing the Monarchs at rest. As sunlight hits a clump, watch it explode into an orange cloud of Monarchs in flight. See the blue sky fill with orange, backlit like stained glass. This is the Monarch experience.

Travelian invites you to join a small group of appreciative and interested travelers in experiencing and sharing this central Mexican natural adventure, with attention to your comfort and safety.

ITINERARY


DAY 1

TRAVEL DAY TO ECO-RESORT, RELAXATION AND LEARNING ABOUT THE MONARCHS

7:00 am Leave St Paul’s Church (Cardo #6, Centro SMA). Box breakfast provided en route. Arrive at eco-resort, check in and enjoy lunch in resort gardens. Time to relax and enjoy the thermal mineral springs pools and site. Hiking, birding, exploring trails and grounds, or more time to relax. Cocktail time (drinks* not included in trip cost), Monarch documentary and discussion. Dinner in resort dining room.

DAY 2

EXPERIENCE THE EL ROSARIO MONARCH BUTTERFLY RESERVE AND RETURN TO SAN MIGUEL

07:30 am Breakfast in resort dining room. Pick up sack lunches, check out and leave for El Rosario Monarch Biosphere Reserve. Hike or ride horse to get to location of the butterfly colony and enjoy the company of the Monarchs. Ride horse or hike back downhill to site center and shops. Leave sanctuary for San Miguel de Allende, with estimated arrival time of 7:00 pm (at St. Paul’s).

*Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the fee.
This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.

 

TOUR COST

 
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  Sharing Room

$440.00 USD


My Own Room

$480.00 USD

 
 
     
If you are traveling alone we will try our best to match you with another single traveler of the same gender. Otherwise we offer single accommodations for an extra fee.
     

WHAT'S INCLUDED

     
  Accommodations (1 nights)
  Breakfast daily
  All Meals
  Entrance fees
  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
  Travelian tour leaders
  Small group experience: 20 travelers maximum
     
     

WAYS TO SAVE

     
   

PAY EARLY AND SAVE MONEY

     
  Save $25 USD if you pay your TRAVELIAN JOURNEY tour in full 70 days before the departure date.

This is applicable for LAND TRIPS: trips starting in San Miguel and not involving any air travel. The $25 USD savings will be applied toward the final payment; the normal deposit fee for the tour shall be paid in full.
     
     
   

FRIENDS SAVE MONEY*

     
  Inspire friends to purchase any of our 2016 - 2017 Travelian Journeys, and they will save $15 USD each.

* These savings are applicable to first time Travelian-travelers only
* These savings will be applied toward the final payment; any normal deposit fee for the tour shall be paid in full.
     
     
   

SAVE MONEY BY REFERRING*

     
  Earn $15 USD in travel credits toward a future Travelian tour by referring a friend who travels on a TRAVELIAN JOURNEY.
*These travel credits are awarded for each referred traveler who is traveling for the first time with Travelian. The travel credits will be applied toward the final payment on any selected Travelian tour occurring after the actual travel of the referred person.
     
     
   

FREQUENT TRAVELERS SAVE MORE

     
  If you have traveled with Travelian three times or more since we began operating in October 2009, please contact our Administrative Director for further information about benefits of this program: Irais Andrade: irais@travelian.com.mx
 
     
     



 
 

HOW TO RESERVE

 
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  To reserve a travel space it is required to make a non-refundable deposit per person for each trip, reservations will be confirmed once your non-refundable deposit has been received.
 
    Deposit
   

$ 200 usd

     
    DEPOSITS MUST BE MADE ON OR BEFORE
  February 5, 2017
     
    BALANCE MUST BE MADE ON OR BEFORE
  February 23rd, 2017
     
     
    Trip Form
    Each traveler must turn in a signed trip form, please click the button below to send it.
(You can skip this step if you are reserving via our online booking system)
     
    Fill Trip Form
     
     
 
 
 

 
 

WAYS TO PAY

 
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ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM

 
  You can reserve, send your trip form, and pay (with your credit card via PayPal) using our Online Booking System, to proceed, please fill the form below and click the Order Now button:


 
 
 
 

CREDIT CARD

 
  To pay with credit card, please contact our Administrative Director: Irais Andrade
Email: irais@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 120 0307
 
 

 
 

CASH

 
  At the moment we can only accept cash payments in pesos at our office. If you'd like to pay in cash, please contact our Administrative Director Irais Andrade to make an appointment.
Email: irais@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 120 0307
 
 

 
 

WIRE TRANSFER

 
  To pay by wire transfer from a U.S. Bank in U.S. Dollars, please contact our Administrative Director Irais Andrade and we'll send you the information. Email: irais@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 120 0307  
 

 
 

CHECK

 
  At the moment we can only accept checks from Mexican banks.
If paying with check, please make your checks payable to: Rodrigo Ulises Lopez Valdes
and contact our Administrative Director Irais Andrade to deliver your check at our office. Email: irais@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 120 0307

You can also deliver your check at our mailbox in La Conexion on Aldama #3 in San Miguel de Allende: Please put your check, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope, seal the envelope and address it to: Travelian PMB 214-B

If you are outside Mexico, you can mail your Mexican bank check to:
Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
Laredo, TX 78043-4464
 
     
     

 
 
 

CANCELLATION POLICY

 
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  If a traveler cancels a reservation 65 days or more before the departure date, a refund will be made of the amount paid in excess of the $250 USD non-refundable deposit.

If a traveler cancels a reservation less than 65 days before the departure date, no refund will be made of any payments received.

If you are able to find a traveler to fill your space, or Travelian Tours is able to fill the space from a waiting list, we'll refund 100% of any payments you have made.

If Travelian Tours does not have the minimum number of travelers necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund of any payments you have made.
 
     
 
     

TRIP INSURANCE

     
    We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance for your protection.
Here are providers we recommend:
     
    www.insuremytrip.com
    www.allianztravelinsurance.com
    www.travelguard.com
     
 
     
 
 
 
 
 

WHAT TO TAKE

 
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  We recommend the use of a suitcase with wheels or a duffel bag that is easy for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.  
     
 
     

CHECK LIST

     
  Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (copies are fine)
  Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  Cash in Pesos for snacks and drinks and for the mercado at Rosario (Cash machines may not be available)
  Active Cell Phone with recharger
  Bring sufficient funds for snacks and beverages not included in trip cost
  Money Belt
  Water Bottle
  Binoculars
  Camera, extra memory, extra batteries and/or charger
  Travel Flashlight
  Hat
  Sunblock
  Sunglasses
  Insect Repellent
  Day Pack
  Swim Suit and Flip Flops for the pool
  Light-weight Walking Shoes
  Sturdy walking shoes or boots if walking up to or down from the Monarchs at Rosario
  A fleece garment or light jacket can be useful in case of chilly mornings or evenings
  Simple comfortable clothing for day and evening wear
  Pack your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your day pack, a supply of Ziplock plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used as mid-morning snacks
  Be sure to bring your own Kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  Personal prescription drugs
  First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, Dramamine or other motion-sickness med if susceptible)
     
     
 
     
 

TOUR LEADERS

 
     
 
Photo of Norman Besman Norman
Besman

Norman grew up in Oakland California and has always been keenly interested in nature and birds. He attended the University of California in Berkeley with a degree in Economics, then headed to the east coast for Law school at Harvard University.
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Photo of Susana Ojeda Susana Ojeda Susana holds a Master’s degree in History and Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Guanajuato and a career in Marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
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TOUR AT A GLANCE

 
     
 
  • Departure date
    March 2, 2017

    Return date
    March 3, 2017

    Start / finish city
    San Miguel de Allende /
    San Miguel de Allende

    Travel style
    Butterflies, Nature

    Tour type
    Travelian Journeys

    Physical demands
    Level 4
 
 

 
 

TOUR ROUTE

 
 
 
   
     
     
 

CONTACT US TODAY

 
     
 
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    San Miguel de Allende, GTO
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