Lev Bely, 28.09.2012 16:53
Every autumn when trees are ablaze with red, and early in the morning you can smell in the air the forthcoming winter, about billion of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) go off on a long trip of about 3500 km from America and Canada to warm and sunny central Mexico.
Since November and until mid-March 2013 a road tour company The Traveling Beetle organizes a butterfly-themed journey 'Chasing butterflies in colonial Mexico', during which you can watch thousands of monarch butterflies at the end of their fabulous migration.
This butterfly chase uses Volkswagen Beetle convertible cars made in Mexico. All cars are in good condition and ready for a road trip. Each group of tourists or an individual are provided with a certified English/Spanish speaking guide, and a mechanic to help when needed.
The journey starts off in Santiago de Queretaro, which is two and a half hours north of Mexico City, the capital of the country. From there “beetles” will gallop to the beautiful old colonial cities and towns. Accompanied or on their own, tourists visit San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo and Guanajuato, then go further south to the Michoacán state to see its grand capital Morelia with the Cathedral and the Palacio Clavijero.
After such a cultural warm-up and learning more of Mexico, it's time to see the main sight — butterflies. Tourists dress up warm and go exploring mountains and pine forests in a largest Mexican El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, nearby a small mining town Angangueo.
The route of this 7 day beetle-journey covers about 800 kilometers, and tourists will see and learn lots of interesting on the way. This travel, which combines history and architecture as well as discovering Mexican culture and modern life of these amazing people, will be exciting to both wild nature lovers and city explorers.
The Traveling Beetle will book hotels and haciendas for all your stops. Tourists have a free hand to plan the schedule on their own, and again they can always get help from a remote team, which is ready to assist and answer any questions.
To sum it up, this 7 day beetle-run costs $1895 per person and includes a ride on a classic Beetle convertible, accommodation in finest hotels and haciendas, accompanying team of a guide and a mechanic, 24/7 roadside assistance, gas, tolls and automobile insurance. And an unforgettable encounter with marvelous monarch butterflies.
All tours from The Traveling Beetle: http://thetravelingbeetle.com
Luxury Travel Magazine, http://www.luxurytravelmagazine.com, The Traveling Beetle, http://thetravelingbeetle.com
Photo: a Traveling Beetle tour, http://thetravelingbeetle.com
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