The Beauty of Michoacán: Morelia, Butterfly Migration & Patzcuaro

Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

Alma Explores
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Jan 17 - 21, 2025
Group size: 4 - 10
The Beauty of Michoacán: Morelia, Butterfly Migration & Patzcuaro
Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

Alma Explores
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1 review

Jan 17 - 21, 2025
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip

Join us for 5 days/ 4 nights in the avocado capital of the world, Michoacan, Mexico! Our home base will be UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Morelia , known for its colonial architecture and also the capital of the state of Michoacán.

Trip highlight: Witness 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.

**Scroll down and click on the photos below for day by day itinerary. 

**Please note we will endeavor to take you to what is considered one of the best sanctuaries to witness this awe-inspiring migration. However, it is imperative to bear in mind that nature is subject to change, and therefore, we cannot guarantee the number of butterflies you may or may not encounter during the tour.

**Please note that although we do our best to accommodate vegan diets, Morelia is not very vegan friendly, and it can be difficult to find vegan options. We do our best, but cannot promise any vegan meals.

REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY: You have 24 hours from the time of booking to cancel a trip for a full refund. ALL REFUNDS ARE SUBJECT TO A 3% PROCESSING FEE. In other words, if you request a refund for a payment or a deposit, your refund will be minus a 3% processing fee. After 24 hours, the trip deposit – and all future payments – are non-refundable. Our contracts with our suppliers are competitive and do not allow refunds and this is how we can offer affordable monthly payments on our trip packages.

You must communicate your cancellation via email at 

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS MANDATORY to travel with us. We highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance within 30 days of booking this trip. 

Keep in mind that our goal is to adhere to this itinerary, however weather issues, transportation issues, or other acts that may occur out of our control, can always impact the schedule. 

What’s included

  • Daily Host/Expert Guide
    Mexico travel expert and host will be present during entire stay.
  • Hotel Accommodations
    4 nights in boutique hotel, accommodations in center of town, walking distance to all restaurants & sightseeing.
  • Hotel Amenities
    Free WIFI, In-room massage at additional cost; Smart TV
  • Daily breakfast
    Daily breakfast at hotel.
  • Welcome Dinner
    3 course welcome dinner at top Morelia restaurant
  • Airport Transfers
    Meet & Greet transfers from (MLM) Morelia International Airport to hotel - hotel to airport
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Meals w/Gratuities
    Daily light breakfast, 2 Lunches and 2 Group Dinners.
  • Tips for meals
    For meals included in our itineraries only
  • City Walking Tour
    Morelia Walking Tour
  • Butterfly Preserve Visit
    El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Patzcuaro Day Trip
    Visit UNESCO World Heritage town for a day of shopping.
  • Ground Transportation
    Activities listed in the itinerary
  • All excursion fees
    Activities listed in the itinerary
  • Pre-trip Concierge
    Pre-trip concierge support for massage appointments
  • Private Concierge Chat
    Alma Explores Private Concierge Chat during the trip
  • Bon Voyage Calls
    2 Pre-Trip Group Video Call with the Alma Explores Team
  • Water
    Provided during walking tour and day trips.
  • Swag Bag
    Personalized hand-selected gifts in your Swag Bag

What’s not included

  • Flights NOT INCLUDED
    Flights NOT INCLUDED-Arrive & Depart -Morelia International Airport (MLM)
  • Some meals
    Does not include 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Travel Insurance
    MUST get travel insurance for the entire trip. We can book it for you at additional fee. Please choose option at checkout.
  • Passport
    You must carry a current passport. Passport Cards are not valid for air travel. Passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in Mexico.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    Alcoholic drinks not included
  • Extra Expenses
    Personal shopping, transportation, tours, not listed in the itinerary.
  • Tips for Tours
    Tips for tours in itinerary not included.

Available Packages

Single Occupancy-1 Person
only 2 left

I bed - 1 person max. per room

Deposit: $499
Standard Double Room (Double Occupancy)
Available until July 31, 2024only 2 left

Shared room - 2 beds in room or you can request 1 if sharing bed-  price shown is per person for double occupancy.

Double Occupancy price is $2599 per person (not per room). Please provide the name and email of the person you are sharing with.

Deposit: $499


Day 1 - Friday 1/17/25
Welcome to Morelia

After a long day of travel, now it's time to relax.

For those arriving late, complimentary light meal will be provided in room or we can also guide you to any local restaurants that are open (depending on your arrival times).

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Alma Explores
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Alma Explores curates private and small group experiential and cultural trips. We believe travel should be inspirational, educational, and fun! We believe that travel is for everybody and every body and want to create meaningful travel experiences that you won't forget!


Our trip to Guadalajara m and Tequila was amazing. I learned so much about Tequila and cultural history about both cities. Loved that we also got to partake in some spa R&R in both places.
By Jocelyn B for Tequila, Art & Chill on Jun 06, 2024