Review of the Explora Latin America's Monarch Butterfly Tour by Carol Pasternak

 Written by Carol Pasternak from the Monarch Crusador (on )

 As more of us get our covid shots, we can envision our world after covid. I for one, can’t wait to book my next trip. If visiting the overwintering sanctuaries is on your bucket list, I recommend booking sooner than later. With the best itinerary, dates, and price, this best kept secret tour could fill up quickly.


The company is Explora Latin America. Your guide, Sid, is a local who has run this trip so many times that all the places he goes know him by name. He and his partner take you to THREE monarch sanctuaries in a 7 day tour. The Teotihuacan pyramids and Cosmovitral Botanical Gardens are included in the tour price. Before going to this botanical garden, famous for its stained glass, I wondered why people were getting excited over stained glass. Well, this is not your church stained glass. It is floor to ceiling wall to wall cartoon figures and stories, very hard to describe. The hour you spend there is a perfect rest stop when travelling from Mexico City to the sanctuaries, or on the way back.


You stay in Angangueo, a small quaint town near two of the sanctuaries. You also stay over in the beautiful resort town of Valle de Bravo, where the souvenir shopping is a cut above that of the other sanctuaries. Trust me, you will want some monarch bling after visiting the sanctuaries. Three people I know took this tour, in different years, and loved every minute of it. How can Explora do it for so much less than all the others? First of all, the owners, Sid and Chris, do it all. From start to end, you will directly communicate with them. Breakfasts are included. Meals are cheap and fun in Mexico; you’ll love choosing your own. There are only 12 people in each group! How’s that for personal?


If you decide to go, I would recommend staying a few days in Mexico City before or after the tour, if you can. You’ve travelled a long way; it would be a shame to miss the highlights of Mexico City. There is something to thrill every area of interest. I recommend spending a few hours on a weekend at the downtown market. It’s hopping with local food, music, artists and vendors. And some of the downtown is pedestrian only, no cars!



Thank you, Carol, for writing and posting this review of our tour! Here is the link to Carol's page & the original review:




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