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5 day adventure

Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Migration

5 day adventure

Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Migration

Wander the fluttering forests where the monarch's journey begins each year
Duration
5 days
Activity level
Moderate
Hosted in
English
Includes
Food, Drinks, Accommodations, Transportation
5 day adventure

Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Migration

5 day adventure

Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Migration

Wander the fluttering forests where the monarch's journey begins each year
Duration
5 days
Activity level
Moderate
Hosted in
English
Includes
Food, Drinks, Accommodations, Transportation

What you'll do

Accompanied by local conservationists and expert wildlife biologists, join us for a living lesson on the ecology of one of North America’s most iconic species: the monarch butterfly. Each year as winter gives way to spring, monarchs leave the safety of their wintering grounds in central Mexico and fly north, where they mate, lay eggs on milkweed plants, and die. The caterpillars hatch, form a chrysalis, and emerge as butterflies, ready to continue journeying north. It takes four or five generations before the butterflies arrive in the northeastern U.S. and Canada by summertime, each hatching, living, and dying in just six or seven weeks. Then, the last generation—a single “super generation” of butterflies—flies 3,000 miles back to Mexico, where they spend the winter in the very same forests inhabited by their great, great, great (you get the idea) grandparents just one year earlier. Nobody knows why the monarchs migrate this way, or how they know where to go—but one thing we do know is that the best place to witness this spectacle of nature is at the start of the journey, among the “sacred” oyamel fir trees of central Mexico. This trip is offered by Atlas Obscura. Once you've reserved your spot, our team will be in touch to help you prepare for the trip. Please note that flights to and from Mexico City are not included in the trip cost. This trip is limited to 14 travelers.

Your itinerary

  • Responsible interactions

    All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.

  • Caring expert hosts

    Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.

  • Diverse animals

    Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.

Your host

Rachel At Atlas Obscura

Rachel At Atlas Obscura

I'm your Atlas Obscura Trip Coordinator. Since 2016, Atlas Obscura has been offering unusual trips to the world’s most extraordinary places. Our itineraries are developed in close collaboration with the locals and insiders who host them—our global community of explorers, artists, researchers, and experts who grant us access to unique places and amazing experiences. Jason Goldman and Becky Friesen will be leading your trip. Jason is an award-winning science journalist who's led trips with Atlas Obscura since 2017. He’s collared foxes on California’s Channel Islands, been sneezed on by iguanas in the Galápagos, and tracked lions in South Africa. Becky is a field biologist who's worked on research projects across the Americas, from monitoring frog populations in Honduras to trapping butterflies in Peru's Amazon rainforest.

In partnership with Atlas Obscura

An Atlas Obscura Adventure

This trip is hosted by Atlas Obscura, the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders.

Atlas Obscura’s mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the world we all share. Atlas Obscura chronicles hidden places, incredible histories, scientific marvels, and gastronomical wonders. It also creates and curates unusual trips and experiences across the globe.

What's included

Food
3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 3 lunches
Drinks
Water, tea, coffee
Accommodations
4 nights in a hotel
Transportation
1 bus ride

Where you'll be

After meeting at our hotel in the heart of Mexico City, we'll spend the next few days amidst millions of monarchs in El Rosario, the Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary, and Piedra Herrada.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. The activity level for this Adventure is moderate. Travelers should be prepared to walk between three and six cumulative miles per day, both in the city and in rural areas, and to ride horses on several days…
Rachel At Atlas Obscura
5 day adventure
Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Migration
$2,390 / person
$2,390 / person