Come see millions of monarch butterflies! Every year, millions of monarch butterflies make the journey south to spend the winter in the beautiful mountains of Mexico. The IBBA is sponsoring another fantastic trip to witness this incredible phenomenon. The experience of being surrounded by millions of monarchs is breathtaking! This is a trip you don’t want to miss! 

This year, our ecotour will visit the monarch sanctuaries of Rosario, Cerro Pelon, and Piedra Herrada. We are one of the few trips to visit three different butterfly sanctuaries (with an option to trade one of the sanctuary days for a cottage industry tour to learn how locals, high in the mountains of Mexico, provide for their families). 

Experienced, licensed local guides will share the beauty, history, and heritage of amazing places we will visit. Learn about and experience the local culture while helping support the local economies surrounding the butterfly sanctuaries, which is an important part of monarch conservation. We start and end from Morelia, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City. Along our journey, in addition to the sanctuaries, we will visit Morelia, the mountain town of Macheros, and the lakeside town of Valle de Bravo. 

Join the International Butterfly Breeders Association along with local, licensed, and experienced guides. We’d also like to thank Save Our Monarchs Foundation for their support. 

Two 2020 dates to choose:

February 22 – 29 or

February 29 – March 7

We hope to see you there! Join us for an amazing trip you will never forget while also engaging in the benefits of eco tourism, benefiting local economies and supporting preservation of the natural habitat of the butterflies.


Saturday: Arrival day. Transfer to hotel. Evening meet and greet dinner included and fireworks in town square. Overnight Morelia-Hotel de la Soledad

Sunday: Breakfast at hotel. Local tours then travel to Macheros. Overnight in Macheros-JMs Butterfly B&B

Monday: Breakfast at B&B restaurant. Choice of Cerro Pelon Butterfly Sanctuary or local cottage tours. Lunch included. Overnight in Macheros-JMs Butterfly B&B

Tuesday: Breakfast at B&B restaurant. Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary. Overnight Valle de Bravo

Wednesday: Breakfast at hotel. Local tours Valle de Bravo (or day on your own). Overnight Valle de Bravo

Thursday: Breakfast at hotel. Piedra Herrada Butterfly Sanctuary. Travel back to Morelia. Overnight Morelia-Hotel de la Soledad

Friday: Breakfast at hotel. Tour Patzcuaro and Isla Janitzio. Farewell dinner. Overnight Morelia-Hotel de la Soledad

Saturday: Breakfast at hotel. Departure day. Transfer to airport.

Member price: $1750 per person, double occupancy.

Non-member price: $1850 per person, double occupancy.

Includes hotels, airport transfers, all breakfasts, other meals listed, tours, knowledgeable guides, transportation, entrance and horse rental to butterfly sanctuaries.

Single supplement is $500.

Deposit: $100 per person non-refundable deposit required. Full payment due by January 31st.

Does not include airfare, meals not listed, alcoholic beverages, tips, additional activities, etc.

Refunds and cancellations:

Cancellations must be in writing.

Refunds, less a $100 fee, will be issued up until 5PM, Wednesday, January 31, 2020

Regretfully, cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded after this.


Send an email with your name, contact phone number, and name/s of additional guests to:

Connie Hodsdon at

For trip questions or information:

Kathy Marshburn

Call or text 832-671-4755 or email at

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Itinerary subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.