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SACRED MIGRATION
Art Collection & Butterfly Tour
Michoacan State, Mexico
7 Nights / 8 Days
January 30-February 6, 2025
$46,000 MXN

"If you think adventure is dangerous,

try routine; it is lethal."

- Paulo Coelho

El Rosario Monarch Reserve, Mexico
DID YOU KNOW? The monarch butterfly migration of North America is the only known intergenerational migration of a species.  These phenomenal winged creatures fly north to Canada over 3-4 generations, but the final generation to return to the south makes the entire trip, and is called the methuselah generation.  The methuselah generation goes into reproductive diapause before making their journey south, and lives for approximately 6 months before they start to fly north and reproduce.  During their time in the south, you have a unique opportunity to visit the methuselah generation with us - led by a passionate wildlife biologist who has dedicated her career to studying and assisting these royal butterflies...  

Trip Overview

 

MICHOACAN OFFERS DIVERSITY FOR EXCEPTIONAL TOURS

Embark on a journey for art and nature lovers through the Pùrepecha Plateau to the UNESCO-protected Monarch Butterfly Biosphere. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to meet several artists crafting whimsical handicrafts and museum-quality textiles.  Resource-rich and artistically diverse, the state of Michoacan celebrates a diverse number of art styles and mediums across the highland region.  Being an active volcanic region means an abundance of clay deposits, but there are also fantastic textiles to be procured in this region, many of which have fallen under the radar of textile lovers and connoisseurs of indigenous folk art.  

 

Later, we'll explore the mesmerizing world of monarch butterflies alongside dedicated wildlife biologist Trecia E Neal. Neal`s lifelong dedication to studying monarchs and establishing monarch-friendly gardens and habitats in the United States enriches this experience, igniting in many former guests a new passion for building a monarch friendly garden of their own!  

 

WE DO NOT TAKE COMMISSION MONEY FROM THE ARTISTS WE WORK WITH.  OCCASSIONALLY THEY CHOOSE TO GIVE ONE OF THE TEAM LEADERS A GIFT FOR BRINGING THEM BUSINESS, BUT THIS IS NOT COMPULSORY OR REQUESTED.   

 

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

Trip Overview
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This feather-fringed rebozo was woven on a backstrap loom, and is a style that is very famous in this region due to a renaissance of fashion among weavers here.  Iconic Mexican singer Lila Downs dons an exquisite rebozo from the village where this piece was made.  These rebozos are a perfect accessory for wearing at Christmas, New Year or gala-style events or dinner parties.

Trip Itinerary

 

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1 NIGHT IN TLAQUEPAQUE, 1 NIGHT IN ZAMORA, 2 NIGHTS IN URUAPAN & 3 NIGHTS IN JUNGAPEO

Thursday January 30, 2025: Bienvenidos

Hotel:  Tlaquepaque, Jalisco Mexico

Arrive in Guadalajara & taxi to the hotel

Friday January 31, 2025: In Search of the Nahual

Hotel: Zamora, Michoacan Mexico

Learn about Nahual`s & Petatillo Pottery in Tonala.  Visit Zamora`s stunning neo-Gothic church

Saturday February 1, 2025: Molded from Clay

Hotel:  Uruapan, Michoacan Mexico

Visit three unique pottery collectives in Ocumicho, San Jose de Gracia and Patamban

Sunday February 2, 2025: Lost Village of San Juan Parangaricutiro

Hotel: Uruapan, Michoacan Mexico

Visit textile studios & market.  Visit the church ruins of Paricutin volcano

Monday February 3, 2025: From a Birds Eye

Hotel:  Jungapeo, Michoacan Mexico

Bird watch in Uruapan´s Cuptitzio National Park.  Transfer to mineral pools of Jungapeo 

Tuesday February 4, 2025: Stairway to Heaven

Hotel:  Jungapeo, Michoacan Mexico

Visit the largest Monarch Butterfly Colony at the El Rosario Reserve 

Wednesday February 5, 2025: The Wild & Beautiful

Hotel:  Jungapeo, Michoacan Mexico

Horseback ride into the natural and blossoming Monarch Butterfly Reserve of Cerro Pelon

Thursday February 6, 2025: Home Sweet Home

Hotel:  N/A

Commute to Mexico City for flight home

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Laura Equihua Ortega is a skilled master of backstrap weaving, with work showcased at the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and she also recently delivered a wedding dress to a private collector in Hollywood.

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Price & Inclusions

 

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

The price of $46,000 MXN per person is based on a group of 14 guests.  If you are travelling alone and prefer a private room, the single supplement is $8300 MXN.  If you would like to request a roommate, we will try to find you one, but if we are unable to find you a partner to share with, you are responsible for the single supplement, as this is what the hotel charges us.

What is Included

 

TRANSPORTATION  

We provide private transportation for a maximum of 14 guests departing from Tlaquepaque on the morning of January 31, arriving at the Mexico City on February 6.  If you are bussing home from Mexico City, please contact us so we can make arrangements to drop you off at the bus terminal.

 

The Mercedes van seats 20 passengers, so between guests and guides, there will be 3 empty seats available for your art purchases.  (We will also use the roof-rack for luggage, if necessary).  We will bring a cooler with ice for the van, so guests can purchase cold juice, beer or wine for your enjoyment.  We provide water in the van.   

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

We will stay in Tlaquepaque near the art district, so we are walking distance of the restaurants and galleries.  In Uruapan, we will stay next to the Cupatitzio National Park, and will have breakfast and dinner in the lovely restaurant there.  Our accommodations in Jungapeo will depend on how soon everyone can confirm, as we must send them deposits ASAP.  The resort is rustic, but features beautiful medicinal pools that are cleaned daily.  The temperate water comes from the Tuxpan Sheild, and is not hot, but loaded with soothing mineral water.  If you are unable to confirm soon, you may be in a different hotel if we cannot get accommodations for you at the resort.  We will confirm the accommodations with you before you confirm your reservation.

 

MEALS 

All of your meals are included.  All drinks + beverage tips are separate.   

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees and activities are included.  This includes visiting the church ruins of San Juan Parangaricutiro, Cupatitzio National Park, bird watching with a professional ornithologist, El Rosario and Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Reserves.    

HORSEBACK RIDING 

We will hike or ride to the ruins of an interesting village that was devoured by Paricutin Volcano in the 1940`s, so the cost of riding is separate.  Sturdy shoes are mandatory for walking on the lava (though that is also optional).

 

At El Rosario Butterfly Reserve, many guests prefer to climb the staircase to the reserve, so the horseback riding is optional.

 

Horseback riding is mandatory (and included) at the Cerro Pelon Butterfly Reserve.  The ride is steep and very dusty, so we will move at a slow walking pace.  We do like to warn guests that the ride down is bumpy, so if you are a novice to horseback riding, please contact us ahead of time if you have any questions.  the horses are all led by a guide on foot, so we will move slowly. 

DISCRETIONARY TIPS
If you feel your team leaders have done a good job, tips are customary and appreciated in Mexico.  This also applies to room service at your hotel.  Please ask us if you have any questions.

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Price & Inclusions
Called deshilados, this intricate form of embroidery involves cutting threads out of the fabric to create a grid of holes, then embroidering designs over the holes to create a lace-like garment.  The artisans create shawls, dresses, blouses and shirts for men.  These pieces take months to complete, and are of very high quality.

Guest Responsibilities

 

BE A TEAM PLAYER

When you embark on a group tour, it is important to acknowledge that your tour leaders are there to assist the group.  If you have specific needs that are in conflict with group travel, please contact us about booking a private tour.

BE ON TIME

When we are checking out of a hotel, please bring your suitcase to the lobby before breakfast so we have time to load the van while you are eating.  This helps keep our schedule fluid.

CHANGE SEATS DAILY

Nobody wants to sit in the middle or be relegated to the back seat for the duration of an entire tour.  Out of consideration for fellow travelers, please trade seats daily.  If you´re in the front one day, opt for the back on the second day.  If you have the window seat one day, opt for the middle for the next commute.  

ALWAYS BE PREPARED 

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, please alert us so we can go over the meal times with you and ensure that you are prepared with appropriate supplements in the event that a meal is delayed.  If you get irritable due to low blood sugar, please bring along some protein bars or known remedies for your condition.  If you have allergies, please let us know when you reserve your tour so we have plenty of notice for any meals that are being prepared for you. 

IN THE EVENT THAT YOU SKIP A DAY TOUR

Sometimes a guest feels under the weather, or just wants to spend a day doing nothing.  If you decide to skip a tour, you are responsible for your own meals, as we may not be returning to the hotel until closer to supper time.  The hotel desk can call you a taxi, or may be able to recommend a restaurant nearby.  Talk to your team leaders before they leave if you´d like them to bring you something back at the end of the group tour.  If you are staying behind because you are seriously ill, we will call a doctor and one of the team leaders will stay behind to run to the pharmacy for you and make sure you have what you need.  In severe cases, you may require hospitalization or even want to cancel your remaining tour for emergency private transport home.  If you are having a medical event, we will do everything we can to assist you.

Please make sure you purchase medical insurance, and send us your emergency contact information.

 

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT? 

Everyone suffers a complaint at some point during a group trip, but how one handles that complaint can affect everyone else.  If you have anger-management issues and are prone to yelling or disruptive outbursts, you will be removed from the group without warning.  We will arrange your transportation home, at your own expense.  It is our responsibility to make sure guests feel safe and that the group dynamic is peaceful and light-hearted. 

 

If you have a serious complaint with one of your team leaders or fellow travelers, please take them aside privately to discuss it.  Berating anyone in front of other guests creates a negative environment for everyone and will not be tolerated.

CONCLUSION

Please remember that flexibility is part of being a seasoned traveler and mature adult.  None of us can predict what bumps may lie ahead, but most annoyances and obstacles are temporary and can either be prevented, or tempered with a little humor and diplomacy.

We are dedicated to ensuring your experience with us is positive

 

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The whimsical ceramics of Ocumicho are coveted across Mexico and by international collectors who are won-over by their charm.  Fired using traditional methods, these pieces are quite fragile and will be packed carefully.  Expect to feel overwhelmed when you visit these studios, as they are packed full of vibrant supernatural depictions of animals, devils driving cars and comical religious allegories.  Learn about the history behind this endearing artform and leave with some treasures that are sure to bring some laughter to your home.

Cancellation Policy

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING

We have recently made some very drastic changes to our reservation and cancellation policy because as a small business that is privately owned, we cannot afford the financial fall-out when guests cancel their tours.  We would like to explain our new policy and shed some light on why this was necessary.

WE NOW REQUIRE TOURS TO BE PAID IN FULL 

We used to ask for a 25% deposit, and then moved to a 50% deposit - but this still didn´t ensure commitment and left us enduring huge financial hardship when guests dropped out.  We understand that life emergencies happen, but we cannot afford to cover the cost of guest emergencies.  We are now forced to require full payment for tours in order to confirm your reservation.  

HOW COST SHARING WORKS

When we price our tours, costs are divided into two categories.  Your hotel room, entrance fees, and meal inclusions are a per-person cost, but the van rental, gas, tolls, driver, guides and all of their expenses are shared between all of the guests.  Once we confirm a price for 10 guests, the price reflects that cost sharing.  If one guest must cancel, we cannot raise the price for the other 9 guests who have already confirmed based on an agreed-to amount, and who have already purchased plane tickets etc.  This is why canceling your tour costs us money, even if you are not present.

 

IF YOU CANCEL YOUR TOUR AFTER IT HAS BEEN PAID FOR

We will reimburse you for any entrance fees and activities we do not have to pay for, minus the banking fees we are charged.  We cannot always secure a refund from the hotels, so this will be assessed on an individual basis.  We will not reimburse you for the shared costs, as we must cover them regardless of your presence.

YOU MAY TRANSFER YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE ELSE

If you have to cancel your tour, you may transfer it to a family member or friend.  We will also try to find someone to take your place.  If we can find someone to take your place, we will refund you for your tour minus the cost of the banking fees, as we do not get those back.

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One of our guests wearing her new purchase, a lovely rebozo woven by Doña Santa (pictured beside her).  Doña Santa`s daughters Angelica, Gaby and Rosa will create a traditional meal for us, in one of their homes.  The rebozos vary from cotton with elaborate patterns, to everyday rebozos like the one that Doña Santa has on her lap.  As this region is very cold during the winter months and rainy season, they also weave gorgeous ponchos and shawls from wool. 
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WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

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SAVE 2.5% WITH WISE

If you would like to open a WISE account, please click on the link below, as WISE uses a referral system and pays us a small reward after 3 new transactions (for new accounts) are made.  Between this gift and the fact that WISE does not charge us the hefty fees we pay to STRIPE for credit card processing, we are able to discount our tours by 2.5% when you pay with WISE!

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DISCOUNTED PRICES:

1 Guest saves $1150 MXN and pays $44,850 MXN

2 Guests save $2300 MXN and pay $89,700 MXN
Single Supplement is reduced by $207.50 MXN to $8092.50 MXN 

 

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MARGARET SAYS

Thank you Jennifer and Trecia for putting together such a magical trip!  The butterflies were truly spectacular. Meeting local artists and spending time with them in their homes and workshops was such a unique experience only exceeded by Jamie's knowledge of the culture.  The culture, art, and butterflies were something most people do not get to experience. I appreciate all you did to make this trip educational. It is one I will never forget. I came home with a much deeper understanding and appreciation for the culture and people of Michoacan.

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