"Hello everyone, I’m Kylee Baumle. I have been traveling with Craftours and escorting this tour in Mexico for the past few years, and I am happy to be returning again in February 2023. I would like to invite you to join me on this extraordinary monarch butterfly sanctuary expedition because there is no doubt in my mind it will touch the deepest part of your soul. A little about me, I am married for 45 years to my husband Roman, and I have two children and three adorable grandchildren.
I live in rural Northwest Ohio and have done a fair amount of traveling, in the U.S. and abroad, to such places as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Canada, Mexico, and three times to Ecuador. I worked for 38 years as a dental hygienist, both in private practice and in a research facility, but I am retired from all of that now. I'm an avid gardener, travel to garden shows, and started writing a blog called “Our Little Acre,” which led to many other writing opportunities. I have written for Fine Gardening, Horticulture, The American Gardener, Green Profit, and Garden Center Magazine, and I have a regular feature in the Ohio Gardener magazine. In 2013, I co-authored a book called, “Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants” with my good friend Jenny Peterson. It was chosen one of Amazon's Top twenty in 2013, and my monarch passion led me to write “The Monarch” a few years later, and the rest as they say is history." - Kylee Baumle
Round-trip international airfare from Houston to Mexico City. (Airfare available from your closest international airport for an additional fee. First/Business class upgrades available)
First-class hotel accommodations in Mexico City, Zitacuaro and Valle de Bravo. (Suite upgrades available)
- Transfers to/from the airport/hotel in Mexico City for full package guests.
Delicious buffet breakfast served daily and special farewell dinner.
- A welcome dinner, introductions, and orientation meeting.
- A visit to the Cosmovitral Botanic Garden, with its extraordinary stained-glass windows.
Free time in Mexico City for shopping, visiting museums and sightseeing.
- An informative video presentation about the monarch butterfly migration.
- A professional Craftours escort throughout your entire journey.
Travelling with monarch butterfly expert, author, and horticulturalist, Kylee Baumle.
Autographed copy of Kylee’s book, The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly.
- A tour of the El Rosario and Sierra Chincua monarch butterfly sanctuaries.
Great shopping opportunity in a local arts and crafts market in Mexico City.
- Private deluxe motor coach and professional driver the entire time.
- The services of our professional experienced tour guide the entire time.
A panoramic tour of Mexico City with a local professional guide.
- A Craftours lanyard, luggage identifier and commemorative gift.
- All taxes are included in this package and insurance is highly recommended.
Total cost of this 8-day Monarch Sanctuaries Expedition is only:
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Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Land only and single rates are available upon request. Please consult our Terms & Conditions as they apply once your first deposit is made. A 3% discount is offered if the expedition is paid in full by check within 7 business days of the invoice date.
I turned 61 in September 2019, and my husband Roman and I will celebrate being married for 44 years this coming August. We are the parents of two grown and married children, Kara and Jenna, and they are the parents of three of the most adorable grandchildren you'll ever see – Hannah (6), Anthony (4), and Maverick (3).
I live in rural Northwest Ohio, just three miles from where I grew up, but I've done a fair amount of traveling, in the U.S. and abroad, to such places as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Canada, Mexico, and three times to Ecuador. I worked for 38 years as a dental hygienist, both in private practice and in more recent years, in a research facility. I no longer practice, since writing and travel and grandkids keep me so busy.
I'm an avid gardener, travel around the country to garden shows and tours, and started writing a blog about my growing adventures, Our Little Acre, in 2007, which led to many other (paid!) writing opportunities. I've written for Fine Gardening, Horticulture, The American Gardener, Green Profit, Garden Center Magazine, and have a regular feature in Ohio Gardener magazine. I also write a weekly gardening column for our local newspaper.
In 2013, I co-authored a book – Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook For Houseplants – with my good friend from Austin, Jenny Peterson. It was chosen one of Amazon's Top 20 in 2013, in its category. And then, my monarch passion led me to write THE MONARCH a few years later.
I love to read, and probably spend a little too much time doing that. We have three cats (two are inside only) and because I garden on an acre, my garden takes up a good deal of my time when it's in season. I also do public speaking about monarchs (mostly) and am an advocate for them whenever and wherever possible.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST MEXICO TOURS:
Deborah Calyo - "I enjoyed my Mexican cruise very much. My husband and I met many nice people. Sharing our quilting time was a lot of fun, enjoyable and we learned from great teachers."
Manuela Silbach, Underdale, South Australia- "Loved Mexico - the colours, the food, the places and the fun time with the group"
Suzanne Doonan,Malvern, Pennsylvania- "What a wonderful trip. Pam Holland was an extraordinary guide for our first trip to Mexico. Craftours created a community of travelers, hosted so many entertaining and enlightening experiences for us in this beautiful country."
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. It was very much worth my money and time to experience that adventure! I learned much and am grateful!"
Deanna Ott, Aurora, CO - "The Monarch Mecca trip was amazing. Seeing the Monarchs was more than I imagined, it was magic. I also enjoyed the botanical gardens in Toluca and touring around Mexico City."
Jen Neve, Austin, TX - "Kylee was a delight. She was very informative and shared enough of her experiences to keep things interesting. She also organized a nice surprise visit from a young lady who had bicycled the monarch migration route. Sherrill was wonderful. Organised and very clear about expectations and timeliness. The Rancho San Cayetano B&B was so pretty. The rooms were comfortable. Hotel Avandaro was incredible-so nice. El Rosario sanctuary was incredible."
Nancy Anne Braymer, Washington, DC - “I misunderstood how CrafTours worked and did not understand the participatory nature of the workshops as I appreciate crafts but have zero talent. That said, I loved the tour. I was honored to be in the presence of Pam Holland who is amazing.”
Joan Lumpkin, Kettering, OH - “It was a very enjoyable trip. The butterflies were very active and an experience to see.”
Diane McCarthy, Bellvue, CO - “As a scientist and a lover of nature, I have wanted to do this tour for years. It definitely did not disappoint!”