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(352) 429-5566

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Mexico: Mystical Migration of the Monarchs

Travel to Mexico with Dr. Marc Minno
to experience
the Monarch annual migration phenomenon!
JANUARY 12 - 18, 2024

"Monarchs drinking at a stream"
photo: Ian Segebarth

One of the most amazing phenomena in nature is the annual migration of Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) southward from their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada to overwintering sites high in the mountains of southern Mexico.
Join Dr. Marc Minno to see hundreds of millions of Monarchs fly along the Gulf Coast, or across the Gulf of Mexico, to eventually reach the belt of high volcanic mountains which stretches across the southern end of the central Mexican plateau.
At about a dozen isolated places within the high-altitude forests of this zone, Monarchs pass the winter in aggregations that can exceed 2 billion individual butterflies. Stand amid the fir-covered mountains and witness this awe-inspiring spectacle firsthand as the monarchs flutter, dip, and swoop overhead.

When:   January 12-18, 2024

• $2,550 per person (airfare, tips, travel insurance, not included)
• $550 Single room supplement
• $300 per person deposit
• Final payment due September 9, 2023

photo: Marc Minno


• Hike or ride horseback to three different monarch reserves in Michoacán, where millions of individual monarch butterflies gather.

• Photograph the dramatic colors of the butterflies as they hang in clusters from the trees, drink from streams, feed on wildflowers, and soar in the air above.

• Visit the pyramids at Teotihuacán, one of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican sites of pre-Columbian times.

• Spend time exploring colonial Angangueo, which was once a mining town but now derives most of its livelihood from butterfly ecotourism and agriculture.

For more information and registration:   Click here

"Trail at El Rosario"
photo: Pelin Karaca

photo: Pelin Karaca

"The Piramids at San Juan Teotihuacán"
photo: Ian SegeBarth


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