Escape the chill for a 5-day/4-night deluxe excursion to Central Mexico from February 7 – 11, 2019 where you’ll witness millions of monarch butterflies at three of Mexico’s largest butterfly Sanctuaries!
Join members of the OKC Zoo conservation staff for a relaxing, inspiring and educational vacation that will forever change the way you see butterflies!
The monarch butterfly makes an amazing annual migration often referred to as “one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.” In late summer and early fall, monarchs from southern Canada and US states east of the Rockies make a southward trek that can cover up to 3,000 miles. They journey through Oklahoma in September and October on their way to Central Mexico, typically arriving in November. The monarchs then spend several months huddled together by the millions on the branches of oyamel fir trees. These “sacred firs” create a microclimate that protects the insects – with the tree canopy and ecosystem providing a blanket effect for the monarchs, so the temperatures don’t go too high or too low. The return trip begins in March. Monarchs arrive in Oklahoma in March and April to lay their eggs and produce the next generation to continue the northbound journey. At least four generations are involved in the annual migration cycle.
Part of the journey includes a visit to El Rosario sanctuary, the largest and most visited inside the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. A monarch tagged at the OKC Zoo in 2017 was found in this sanctuary. The sight of butterflies blanketing the trees is overwhelming, but not as majestic as when they glide through the forest. The sun warms their glowing wings to reward visitors with a unique and remarkable display of light and color. In the light of the morning sun, the monarchs slowly leave the warmth of their companions in the trees and fly low, landing to drink the morning melted frost. The males need the minerals from the earth to mate successfully in the spring. As the sun moves higher, the monarchs’ flights are more energetic, millions of golden fluttering wings rustling the air creating the sound and beauty of ever-changing patterns of light and movement. This is truly a mystical time with Mother Nature.
Price for the experience is $2,995.00 per adult (double occupancy) and $1,195.00 per child age 12 and under. Airfare not included.