|Monarch Butterfiy Migration
Monarch Butterfly Migration, Morelia,
Michoacan State, Mexico
Morelia Monarch Butterfly Trips
Morelia makes a great base city for viewing the Monarch Migration
MMG Tours offers a nine hour trip leaving Morelia at 8:30 am that includes guide, modern van, and lunch for 500 Pesos $40 USD www.mmg.com.mx
Morelia is about 80 miles west of Zitacuaro and Angangueo, two towns where the Rosario Sanctuary and the Chincua Sanctuary offer trips into the preserves where the butterflies roost for the winter.
To see the Monarch Butterfly Migration, book a van tour which will include a hiking tour into the mountains.
The Monarchs start moving south in September and complete the migration in November. They roost for the winter on the steep slopes of the southwestern sides of mountains near ten thousand feet in Michoacan State and the bordering State of Mexico.
By the end of February the Monarchs begin to stir and as temperatures warm they fly north
Morelia's Centro Historico is a walkable several blocks north and south and 20 blocks east and west.
The ticket booth for the tours to see the Monarch Butterflies by MMG the tourist kiosk located between the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral in the historic center of Morelia
The tourist kiosks also sells maps of the city
Primera Plus buses reach Morelia from Mexico City's Terminal Norte .
Also, Flecha Amarilla/Primera Plus serves out of Central Poniente
Tufesa Bus from the north reaches two stations in Guadalajara. From the Central Nuevo Station in Guadalajara, Primera Plus buses reach Morelia.
High speed roads reach much of Michoacan State and its major cities.
How To Reach Morelia By Bus:
With regal old hotels and elegant restaurants, Morelia becomes a good base for Hiking tours to Patzcuaro its islands and the Archaeological Zone of Tzintzuntzan and Ihuatzio.
MMG Tours offers trips in David Hilbert directions
Morelia Michoacan Guides www.mmg.com.mx
See their ticket booth between the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral on Calle Madero.
Open Parks and outdoor dinning make Morelia a great base for mountain hiking sightseeing, and walking tours
These hikes to the Monarchs can be strenuous and require warm clothing, rain gear and good hiking boots, as well as an ability to hike steep slopes.
Horses have been available for those that prefer not to walk
Morelia offers sightseeing, museums, and parks such as the Jardin de las Rosas and the outdoor dining area.
Morelia's Artisan Museum
For those that don't want to make the hike to the Monarchs, the 1550 ex convento San Francisco, the oldest building in Morelia, is an interesting artisan Museum and there are many other good museums in the Centro Historico
From Morelia, day trips reach the mountain winter home of the Monarch Butterflies
Where Is Morelia and How Do You Get There:
Morelia is a small walkable and safe city that can be a base for visiting the Monarch Migration. Reach Morelia by first class bus, high-speed roads, and flights.
Other attractions in the Morelia area include ruins, volcanoes, hot springs, the city of Guadalajara, and Mexico City.
The tour operators offer hiking to cascades in the forest and on trails in the surrounding mountain slopes
Distance to Other attractions: Monarch Migration 110 miles.
Patzcuaro, Tzintzuntzan archaeological site, 36 miles. Uruapan, 64 miles. Four hot springs between 30 and 50 miles. Mexico City 160 miles. Guadalajara, 164 miles. Ixtapa, Pacific coast Zihuatanejo, 213 miles.
How To Reach Morelia By Air: National and International flights service Morelia's Aeropuerto Internacional Francisco J Mujica, 30 minutes outside of the city of Morelia. Also called Morelia International Airport (IATA), serving Houston, Chicago, and LA as well as Mexico City Other designations (MSM)- (ICOA), and (MMMM)
Monarch Butterfly Spring Migration
In mid March the Monarchs that have over wintered in the Michoacan mountains of Mexico respond to the warming temperatures and begin to mate.
They move to lower elevations and then start the Spring migration north for their USA and Canada summer egg laying season.
The best times for Monarch tours in Mexico are the end of November to the beginning of March. December to February is Ideal. The weather in Morelia is ideal year round with a summer rainy season (afternoon or evening showers) and a dry winter season.
Morelia/ Michoacan Butterfly viewing sites:
El Rosario and Angangueo are two, well-known Michoacan Butterfly sanctuaries with trails in the mountains east of Morelia near the border of Mexico State.
El Rosario is near the former mining town of Zitacuaro.
These sites are preserved and protected from commercial activities. The wintering areas spread over 12 mountains on the borders on Mexico State and Michoacan.
MMG Tours visit Rosario and Chincua Sanctuaries
Only recently, researchers discovered where the Monarch butterflies spent their winter in Mexico. The sites are in high mountains and require a hike to reach the Monarch winter grounds.
The Monarchs gather by the millions
One legend states that the return of the Monarchs to Mexico at the same time as the Day of the Dead festival is in reality the returning souls and spirits of the deceased.
Morelia is near enough to the Monarch Butterfly Migration area to offer hiking tours into the mountains near Zitacuaro, the Monarchs winter home. The Monarch Migration is complete by November when the butterflies congregate for the winter in Michoacan.
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