Monarch Butterfly Tour and Mexican Gastronomy workshop

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Duration: 11 hours

Departs: Mexico City, Mexico City

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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We will start with delicious coffee and fig bread, to get energy for our walk to enjoy thousands of monarch butterflies flying around you in an amazing landscape, after they traveled more than 4,000 km from Canada.
Monarch butterflies have one of the most important migrations in the world, from southern Canada to the oyamel forests in the States of Mexico and Michoacan, you will be surprised at their fragility but at the same time their strength.
You can hear his flutter!
You will learn about their biology, migration routes, their journey from Canada, the dangers, their predators and their life cycle.

You will also know about Mexican cuisine in pre-Hispanic times, from ritual drinks like cocoa and pulque, through insects, plants and flowers, to a delicious sauce in molcajete and prepare your own tortillas by grinding corn in metate.
You're going to love it!

We will return to Mexico City at approximately 6:00 pm.

What's Included

access ticket


Pre-Hispanic gastronomy workshop

Private transportation

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

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

Additional Info

  • Minimum 2 people to operate
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Minimum 2 people to operate
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health

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
A walk enjoying the song of the birds, the colors of the flowers, the smell of the forest until you reach the colony of the Monarch Butterfly. An amazing experience where you will enjoy thousands of butterflies flying around you.

After the walk, a pre-Hispanic gastronomy workshop where you will learn about ritual drinks, insects, quelites and instruments of Mexican cuisine. You will make your own tortilla!

5 hours • Admission Ticket Included


For respectful nature lovers that enjoy gastronomy
joannatT4, 28-03-2022
We highly recommend this tour with Alfonso and Martha as we spent an amazing day with them.

The pickup at the hotel is very smooth and the drive, though quite long, comprises a stop in a petrol station for coffee/toilet.

Arriving at the reserve, the breakfast is local and tasty, and if you wish you can ask for a horse ride up/down for an extra fee.

We were lucky enough to do this tour end of February as it was the best time to see tons of lively butterflies.

Be aware that this is a tour in nature, meaning you cannot control everything such as the weather or the location, quantities, and behaviors of butterflies.

But the fact that this tour comprises a "tortilla workshop" part (baking your own tortilla and making your salsa), which can happen under any weather, makes this tour less "all or nothing" than others in case of bad weather.

We really got good contact with Alfonso and Martha who even stopped on the way down so that we could go look up for some axolotl before heading back to Mexico City after this magical nature day.

In short, if you are a nature lover respectful of the fact that nature is unpredictable, and willing to have a sneak peek into Mexican gastronomy with really nice people, this tour is for you :)
Excellent Tour and Hosts
Martin_S, 21-03-2020
On the evening prior to the tour we called our tour guide Marta to arrange pickup at our hotel. Marta was very nice and and agreed immediately to pick us up at at 6:30AM at our hotel, which was about 1 mile away from the official pickup location. We are were also surprised that we were the only tour guests. The ride to the actual butterfly preserve took about 3 hours each way. Marta, who speaks very good English and the driver, Alfonso, were excellent throughout the entire day. The butterfly preserve was an amazing experience. We had picked the right time of the year to go, since the butterflies migrate back north in March.
At the preserve we also enjoyed the workshop on the various regional foods. It was 'hands-on', informative and a lot of fun. There are also various shops where guests have the opportunity to pick up souvenirs from local artisans.
Marta was an excellent, super-nice and knowledgeable tour guide. We highly recommend this tour.
The butterflies were phenomenal
Catherine_F, 04-03-2020
It’s a very long way to go from the city but totally worth it if you love nature
The guide was fantastic
sanctuaire des monarques: vaut la peine.
Nathalie_F, 18-12-2022
belle randonnée en foret pour atteindre le site. Intéressant repas avec histoire de la gastronomie autochtone.

Apportez de bonnes jumelles ou une bonne télé-lentille car il n est pas permis d approcher les papillons (a moins de 75 mètres je dirais).

Vaut la peine. De plus l argent va a la communauté locale. Cela les encourage a garder le site comme source de revenu alternative a la culture des avocats (et d encourager la protection de la foret contre les cartels criminels qui contrôlent la culture et font la déforestation de concert avec la police locale corrompue).
Take your own breakfast
JILL_R, 14-02-2022
The weather and wildfires affected the number of butterflies we saw, but what we did see was magical (small number of butterflies fluttering in the sky and eventually down around us). We got picked up at our accommodations (very nice, rather than having to get ourselves to a meeting point) a little early (6:25am). At our prompting we stopped for a bathroom break at 9am and arrived to the sanctuary at 10:45am. Due to clouds, she suggested we forego the breakfast and go immediately to see the butterflies, so we did. We got back down around 1:30pm, basically starving. So, do NOT rely on this tour to provide breakfast and lunch as promised, but take your own food for breakfast. The lunch was amazing (highly recommend the chicken soup). Afterwards we made tortillas AND salsa, so that was wonderful. We also learned when we arrived that our guide was not the bilingual guide, that guide was sick that day. The guide's English was fine, but I could tell she was nervous and didn't speak very much as a result. Don't feel like I learned as much as I could have. Overall, it was a long day with a lot of driving, but a good experience that I'm glad we did.

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