Birds and Butterflies of Central Mexico

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Jan 7 - 12, 2023
Group size: 7 - 10
Birds and Butterflies of Central Mexico
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Jan 7 - 12, 2023
Group size: 7 - 10

About this trip

Every winter, montane cloud forests in central Mexico host millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies. This aggregation of monarchs in Mexico’s central highlands ranks as one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles on the planet. It’s a must see for nature lovers!

The monarchs aren’t the only winged highlights to be discovered in Central Mexico. In addition to two days at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, we’ll explore birding hotspots in Mexico City, Valle de Bravo, and surrounding areas in search of avian highlights, including an array of endemics. Join Reefs to Rockies and Denver Audubon for this 6-day wildlife expedition highlighting Central Mexico’s natural and cultural wonders.

About Your Expedition Leader

Reefs to Rockies Co-Founder Sheridan Samano is thrilled to host this small group wildlife expedition to Central Mexico. If you’ve ever had the chance to hear Sheridan talk about Mexico, you’ve likely heard her refer to it as “the most underrated wildlife destination on the planet.”

During this trip, her love for her father’s home country will be unmistakable as she takes you into the heart of the region’s best wildlife viewing destinations. Local expert guides will join us throughout making this immersive wildlife experience unforgettable. 

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    Based on double occupancy, i.e. two people sharing a room. Standard Room at Circulo Condesa and Loft at Rodavento.
  • Airport transfer
    On arrival day
  • Private transportation
    Days 2-6
  • Expedition Leader
    Sheridan Samano, Co-founder of Reefs to Rockies
  • Local expert guides
    Ejido guides at the monarch sanctuaries and birding guides including gratuities
  • Entrance fees
  • Horse rental
    If applicable at the monarch sanctuaries
  • Meals
    Starting with dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 6
  • Flights
  • Passport fees
  • Optional gratuities
  • Room upgrades
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Available options


Day 1 (Sat, Jan 7)
Arrival to Mexico City

Upon arrival to Mexico City, we’ll be met by our local guide and transferred to our hotel conveniently located close to neighborhood parks and markets. For those arriving early enough today, we’ll head over to a park close by for our first birding outing of the trip.

Accommodations: Circulo Condesa

Meals: Dinner

Your Organizer

Reefs to Rockies
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