Day 1: Mexico City
Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2: Mexico City/Uruapan
Explore Mexico City before travelling to Uruapan.
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: Uruapan
Take an orientation walk of Uruapan, before a free day to explore. Opt to go horseback riding, visit rural Angahuan, or visit the beautiful waterfall of Eduardo Ruiz National Park.
Day 4: Uruapan/Pátzcuaro
Opt to visit the national park in the morning before continuing on to Pátzcuaro. Spend an afternoon exploring the colonial city.
Start the day off with an optional early morning visit to Eduardo Ruiz NP with its crystal-clear waters in a tropical setting. Later, head to 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 5: Pátzcuaro
Enjoy a full day visiting the famous island of Janitzio and nearby Tzintzuntzan, capital of the ancient Tarascan Kingdom.
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 6: Pátzcuaro/Morelia
Travel to Morelia with a guided city tour on arrival. Opt to explore the many museums or just wander through town admiring the beautiful architecture.
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 7: Morelia/Mineral de Angangueo
Stop to visit El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve en route to Angangueo. Get ready to hike approximately an hour to the top of a hill in the reserve, and be rewarded with millions of butterflies.
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: Mineral de Angangueo
Prepare for a steep climb, but the reward at the end is well worth it. After hiking into the El Capulin Butterfly Reserve, reach Cerro Pelon and prepare to be blown away by the sheer number of monarchs dancing across the sky. Spend the rest of the day exploring Angangueo.
Day 9: Mineral de Angangueo/Mexico City
Enjoy a guided tour of Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve before heading back to the capital in the evening.
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: Mexico City
Depart at any time.