8-day Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries Expedition in
MEXICO
with Kylee Baumle
February 13 - 20, 2021

Celebrity Guest:
Kylee Baumle
Kylee Baumle

Full Package Price:
$2,786.00 | Air from Houston

Land Only Price:
$2,136.00 | Land only rate does not include airport/hotel transfers



(per person, based on double occupancy)

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Hello everyone, I’m Kylee Baumle. I have been traveling with Craftours and escorting this tour in Mexico for the past three years, and I am happy to be returning again in February 2021. I would like to invite you to join me on this extraordinary monarch butterfly sanctuary expedition next year 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 44 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


PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 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)
  • Private deluxe motor coach and professional driver the entire time.
  • First-class hotel accommodations Mexico City, Zitacuaro and Valle de Bravo. (Suite upgrades available)
  • A professional Craftours escort throughout your entire journey.
  • Special welcome and farewell dinners, daily breakfast, and some lunches.
  • The services of our professional experienced tour guide, Andrés, the entire time.
  • A tour of the El Rosario and Sierra Chincua monarch butterfly sanctuaries.
  • A visit to the Cosmovitral Botanic Garden, with its extraordinary stained-glass windows.
  • Great shopping opportunity in a local arts and crafts market in Mexico City.
  • An informative walking tour of the grounds of Rancho San Cayetano to learn more about the plants, trees, and flowers.
  • Free time in Mexico City for shopping, visiting museums and sightseeing on your own.
  • A panoramic tour of Mexico City with a local professional guide.
  • An informative video presentation about the monarch butterfly migration.
  • Travelling with monarch butterfly expert, author, and horticulturalist, Kylee Baumle.
  • Autographed copy of Kylee’s book, The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly.
  • Special Craftours backpack, luggage identifier and lanyard.
  • All taxes included and travel insurance is highly recommended.

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.







KYLEE BAUMLE

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!”