|Starts||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Ends||Mexico City, Mexico|
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Day 1 - Starting: Mexico City & Finishing: Mexico City
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2 - Starting: Mexico City & Finishing: Mexico City
Take the morning to explore Mexico City before travelling to Uruapan. Uruapan is a very traditional Mexican city which retains a little colonial ambience. The Eduardo Ruiz NP is just a 15 minute walk from the town centre.
Day 3 - Starting: Mexico City & Finishing: Pátzcuaro
Spend the afternoon marvelling at the beautiful plazas and colonial buildings in this magical city. This is a great day for shopping, or just sampling some local food and drinks at the numerous outdoor cafés.
Day 4 - Starting: Pátzcuaro & Finishing: Pátzcuaro
Take a boat ride across Lake Pátzcuaro to Janitzio. This small island is full of beautiful traditions including the famous "butterfly fishermen", skilled at using their butterfly-shaped nets to catch local fish. View the colossal 40m (131 ft) statue of José Maria Morelos, built as an homage to this independence patriot. Later visit Tzintzuntzan, the ‘Place of the Hummingbirds', which was the capital of the ancient Tarascan kingdom.
Day 5 - Starting: Pátzcuaro & Finishing: Morelia
Travel to Morelia and enjoy an included city walking tour to get familiar with the city. This capital of Michoacán state, is a well-preserved colonial city – the historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the atmosphere with a coffee in one of the many cafés around the Zócalo, or main square.
Day 6 - Starting: Morelia & Finishing: Morelia
Enjoy a free day to explore this charming city.
Day 7 - Starting: Morelia & Finishing: Mineral de Angangueo
Travel through scenic countryside and into towering forests on the way to El Rosario, a magnificent Monarch butterfly sanctuary situated at the top of a steep mountainside. From November to March, see millions of butterflies that have migrated here from Canada and the US. Learn more about their life cylce at the visitor centre, and enjoy walkways and forested trails. Continue the journey 6km (4 mi) further down the mountain road to the small village of Angangueo, meaning "entrance to the cave" in the Tarascan language. Angangueo is an old mining town that still extracts some lead and silver from the rugged hillsides.
Day 8 - Starting: Mineral de Angangueo & Finishing: Mineral de Angangueo
Enjoy a tour of the El Capulin Butterfly Reserve. Spend the rest of the day exploring Angangueo.
Day 9 - Starting: Mineral de Angangueo & Finishing: Mexico City
Depart Angangueo in the morning for the 45 minute drive through the volcanic highlands towards the Sierra Chincua reserve to visit a monarch butterfly sanctuary. Enjoy the scenic mile-long hike climbing the hillside as we enter into the forest of tall fir trees of the sanctuary. At an elevation of 3,000m (9,842 ft), hike along a path to where millions of colourful monarchs gather in trees, bushes, and even along the ground. Continue on to Mexico City for a final evening in the capital.
Day 10 - Starting: Mexico City & Finishing: Mexico City
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