Butterfly Monarch Tour from Mexico City

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From $185.00

15 reviews   (4.33)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 12 hours

Departs: Mexico City, Mexico City

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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Enjoy one of the most amazing shows in Mexico: the migration of the monarch butterfly. Monarch butterflies come from southeastern Canada and northeastern United States and traveling over 2,500 miles to Mexico. The monarch butterflies spend their winter hibernation clustered in small areas of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

In this adventure you will visit the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacan,  we will start a hike in the mountain to where the monarch butterfly colony is located. Later you will enjoy a delicious lunch.

The return to Mexico City is between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

What's Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off (IMPORTANT: hotels located in Reforma Avenue, Zocalo and Polanco)

Local guide


Transport by private vehicle

What's Not Included

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 9
  • ADULT: Age: 10 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final. No refund is available for cancellations.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary
You will enjoy a wonderful natural spectacle, seeing hundreds of monarch butterflies in the trees or flying over you

You´ll taste the delicious and traditional mexican food in a workshop.

5 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Interesting and fun trip to see the monarch overwinter sites!
Noel_H, 06-01-2023
We really enjoyed this trip, and thought it was well-worth the long drive. Having been on my bucket list for some time, seeing one of the monarch butterfly overwintering sites was fantastic! We had a local guide at the sanctuary show us the trail to the site, along with some explanations of their behavior and background history behind the insects and Mexico. Our driver and guide were very helpful, and took us to get some tea on the way to the sanctuary as well!
Monarch Butterfly Tour
Andrena_M, 29-02-2020
Wonderful experience. Quite a long day from Mexico City (over 12 hours) but guides were very good, had plenty of time to view butterflies while walking and stationery (close to an hour). Recommend horses if a bit unsteady on feet. Nice lunch included.
Beauty on the Wing
743robk, 28-02-2020
Seeing millions of migrating Monarchs congregated at the Sierra Chincua butterfly sanctuary during late February 2020 was, for my wife and I, an event of rare magnificence.

Our tour guides, Marta and Alonso, were delightful hosts, responsive to our requests and patient with our woeful lack of Spanish skills. The trip from and to Mexico City took 3.5 to 4 hours each way, so having friendly, knowledgable experts with whom to chat was much appreciated.

One caveat: As a 65-year-old coping with a foot issue, I found the hike up to see the butterflies quite strenuous. We rode horses about half the way up, then walked the rest of the way. That part was OK, but we skipped the horses on the way down, figuring that half of the journey would be less tiring. Somehow, though, we seemed to be climbing our way back down, too. Not sure how that worked, but we took a bunch of breaks to rest. I did a lot of research before we left trying to find out difficult the hiking would be, and it was more challenging than I had expected.

... but! We saw mllions of gorgeous butterflies and lived to tell the tales . If you are interested and in decent shape, you'll enjoy an unforgettable experience with some top-notch experts leading the way.
Wonderful experience on Butterfly Monarch Tour
BoricuaWriterNYC, 04-01-2020
Felt taken care of from beginning to end. Me and my friend were picked up and dropped off. The guide was kind, smart and thoughtful. Felt like we were in the hands of pros. The trip up the mountain is strong, but the guides were considerate and paced us well. The food included was delicious and it was a day well spent.
Amazing tour
cheyenneb215, 24-01-2019
Alonzo and his translator Gerard picked us up at our hotel and took us on an awesome journey to the butterfly sanctuary where we had a nice lite lunch before hiking to where the butterfly’s were. The local guide and our tour guide were very knowledgeable and helpful. After the butterfly’s they took us to a delicious dinner in El Oro which is a very cute little town, from there we did a short tour of some of the historic buildings in the town. 10/10 would do it again even if just to hang out with Alonzo, we loved that guy!

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