Mexico's Magical Monarchs Photo Workshop with Cheryl Opperman

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Jan 22 - 28, 2023
Group size: 4 - 6
Mexico's Magical Monarchs Photo Workshop with Cheryl Opperman
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Jan 22 - 28, 2023
Group size: 4 - 6

About this trip

Every winter, cloud forests in central Mexico play host to millions, perhaps a billion monarch butterflies. This aggregation of monarchs ranks as one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles on the planet. When masses of butterflies take flight, the beating of their wings sounds like rain falling. The cumulative weight of massive monarch clusters on oyamel fir trees bends branches. 

Journey to the heart of Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve with award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman. This small group photographic expedition offers unparalleled access with the maximum amount of time possible in the heart of the monarch reserve. 

About Cheryl Opperman

Journey into a captivating world of sunswept limestone contours, mysterious ancient architecture, majestic elk crossing misty waters, and the crimson cheeks of a curious child captured through the eye of award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman. Her bold images provide a vivid bridge directly into the heart of countries, indigenous peoples, wildlife, and landscapes spanning the globe.

An extensive list of credits for organizations and publications including the American Humane Association, Overseas Adventure Travel, The Denver Post, Ducks Unlimited, Apple and the National Geographic Society result from her alluring exploration of over 20 countries on seven continents. Cheryl’s esthetic compositions, artistic use of light, and exquisite detail have been honored with several prestigious awards including the Grand Prize in the professional category of the “Ultimate Image of Earth” international contest for Earth Day 2000, the “People in Nature” Category Winner in the 2003 Nature’s Best International Photography Awards, First Place for Travel/Tourism photography in the 2004 International Photography Awards, First Place “Birds” in the professional category of the 2006 National Wildlife Photography Awards, and the “Wildlife” Category Winner in the 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards. She has been interviewed on camera by 9News television in Denver, Colorado, the Luminous Landscape and Smithsonian Earth. She was also featured as a leading female nature photographer by Outdoor Photographer Magazine.

Her photographs have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions across the country at notable venues including the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater, Boettcher Concert Hall, and Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

Employing the power of photography to inspire interest in the environment and other cultures, she has presented slide shows or classes on various topics to schools, camera clubs, the Intermountain Regional Headquarters of the National Park Service, the North American Nature Photography Association, and the Crane Trust. Cheryl is a 1992 honors graduate of Brooks Institute of Photographyholding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Scientific photography.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    Double occupancy. 1 night at Holiday Inn Express Santa Fe (Standard Room), 4 nights at Misión Grand Valle de Bravo (Grand Preferencial Room), and 1 night at Circulo Condesa (Standard Room)
  • Workshop Instructor
    Exclusive access to individual sessions and instruction with Cheryl Opperman
  • Full-time Guide
  • Airport transfers
    Day 1 and Day 7
  • Private transportation
    Days 2-6
  • Local ejido guides
    During visits to monarch butterfly sanctuaries
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as listed
    6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 1 dinner
  • In-country support
  • Gratuities
    For included meals and ejido guides
  • Flights
    Contact us if you'd like assistance with flights.
  • Meals not listed
    5 dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Room upgrades
    Contact us if interested.
  • Passport fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities
    For driver, full-time guide and hotel staff.
  • Porters
    To carry gear for you at monarch sanctuaries. Optional add-on.
  • Horseback rental
    If applicable. Horses may not be available at certain reserves.

Available Packages

$4995.00 without porters
Available until December 9, 2022

This package price does not include photo equipment porters. You must carry all your own gear during the photography workshops.

Deposit: $750
$5495 with porters
Available until December 9, 2022

This package price includes porters that will carry your gear during the photography workshops.

Deposit: $750

Available options



Day 1
Arrival to Mexico City

 Upon arrival to Mexico City, we’ll be met by your local guide for the transfer to our hotel. Our hotel tonight is on the west side of town so that we may avoid traffic leaving the city tomorrow morning.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Santa Fe

Meals: None

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