February 19 - 26, 2018

Presented by:


SaveOurMonarchs.org
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Dedicated to saving the Monarchs

Package Price:
$2,912.00 | Air from Houston
$2,552.00 | Land Only
SOLD OUT! - Wait List Accepted.

(per person, based on double occupancy)

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.


PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Round-trip airfare from Houston to Mexico City.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • A professional Craftours escort.
  • Professional and experienced tour guides.
  • First-class hotel accommodations Mexico City, Zitacuaro and Valle de Bravo.
  • Daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners.
  • Visit and tour of El Rosario, Sierra Chincua and Piedra Herrada, three world famous Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries!
  • A visit to Cosmovitral Botanic Garden, with its breathtaking glass windows!
  • A tour of the village of Macheros, including a private meeting with the kids who paint MexiRocks!
  • Free Day in Mexico City.
  • Shopping in local markets and specialty craft shops.
  • Travel with our special guests, Carol Pasternak, author of How To Raise Monarch Butterflies A Step-by Step Guide for Kids, and Estela Romero, reporter for Journey North.
Please Note: There will be three challenging hikes on this trip, with rough ground. You should be able to walk uphill for half an hour, and be on your feet for the better part of three hours, including short rests to sit down. We will be riding calm horses for part of the ascent at each sanctuary.

SaveOurMonarchs.org presents the Craftours trip to the Monarch Meccas in Mexico!

MEXICO HIGHLIGHTS:

Mexico City play movie
Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It's known for its Templo Mayor (a 13th-century Aztec temple), the baroque Catedral Metropolitana of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of this resides in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo.
El Rosario play movie
El Rosario is the largest and best of the monarch butterfly's overwintering reserves. You will see monarchs that have travelled more than 2,000 miles from Canada and the United States. They spend 5 months in a state of semi hibernation, clinging to the branches of oyamel pine trees. Though each weighs less than a paper clip, the weight of up to ten thousand on a single tree can break the branches. On a sunny day, monarchs will leave the roosts in search of water, and you may see them in the meadow, near the stream, or by the thousands leaving or returning to their roosts. You will have plenty of time to take your best shot. You will never forget the feeling of sitting quietly in the forest, near a hundred thousand monarchs, after learning their incredible story from our resident experts.
Cosmovitral play movie
The Cosmovitral is a stained glass mural and botanical garden located in Toluca, Mexico. The building takes its name from the mural which is set in the building's huge windows that surround the building and in the ceiling. The building originally was constructed in 1910 as the 16 de Septiembre Market. It was not until 1975 when the first female Mayor of Toluca, Yolanda Sentíes, had the 16 de Septiembre Market reallocated and successfully gauged enough social and political support to transform the building into a space for art. El cosmovitral was designed by the notable local artisan Leopoldo Flores.

WEATHER
Mexico City's coldest months occur in January and February, with average night lows in the 40 degrees Fahrenheit range. Daytime is usually pleasant and sunny, with temperatures in the high 60's to low 70's.

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CURRENCY
The currency in Mexico is the Peso.
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TESTIMONIALS FROM LAST YEAR'S TRIP:

Diane Chesko, Campton Hills, IL - "I've always wanted to see the monarch sanctuaries."
Martha Zydowsky, Madison, WI - "Great tour! It was a nice blend of different activities and I loved Mexico. One of the best tours I've done!"
Carole Blemker, Madison, WI - "I loved the trip! The diversity of experiences and overall camaraderie of our little group was exceptional. We packed a lot in over a fairly short time. Wonderful!"
Cheryl Barnard, Port Elgin, Ontario - "A true adventure!"
Joyce Pearsall, Brevard, NC - "This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for me. As a volunteer with Monarch Watch as a Conservation Specialist, it was important for me to actually see the overwintering sites in Mexico. I have seen them in California about two years ago, so these are precious memories! Even with the importance of the monarchs to me, what was even more unique was having Estela Romero as a guide and taking us to Macheros to see the children and meet families up close and personal. Carol Pasternak has started a wonderful and important project there. It was very much worth my money and time to experience that adventure! I learned much and am grateful!"