Monarch Butterfly Expedition
and Morelia City
Witness the amazing migration of millions of butterflies
The concentration of the Monarch Butterfly in its natural refuge during winter is one of the most spectacular of nature’s wonders. The Monarch is an exquisite specimen of the lepidopterous family: it’s tones of deep orange, clear white and silky black stand out even more against the green forest and azure sky of Michoacan where they gather year after year. They paint a unique picture, unsurpassed by any artist’s brush that leaves visitors breathless.
The fluttering of innumerable butterflies as they travel between fir and pine trees and blanket the branches with their vibrant colors is a gift. Visitors, travelers and tourists a like are invited to witness this extraordinary natural wonder, where nature offers a chance to marvel at the beauty of one of its most inspiring creations.
The colonial city of Morelia is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and from its breathtaking architecture, it’s clear to see why. Besides being the capital of the State of Michoacan it is also the seat of government institutions and the most prestigious higher education institute in the region: the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo (Michoacanan University of Saint Nicolas of Hidalgo). Like the rest of the state, Morelia has an enormous amount to offer its visitors, from the colonial spectacle of its buildings and elegant, vibrant streets, to a delicious regional cuisine.
The name was invented by the people of Valladolid now Morelia, towards the late 18th century.
The School of Santa Rosa, antecedent of the conservatory, was a space designed to receive, exclusively, women (child and youths), which had a loggia, an architectonic element profusely used in Italian architecture of the 18th century, a sort of gallery or corridor that is open in one of its sides, sustained by columns and arches.
This loggia is four meters above the ground and it was only from there where the girls had permission to see the world on Sundays. From this solemn height they contemplated the gravity of the world.
In this school music was taught, because the girls played musical instruments as a part of their education. It was a conservatory and the beautiful (we were told) youths of Santa Rosa were: “the roses”.
The Conservatory of Roses is, today, one of the music schools with a great tradition in our state.
is perhaps Morelia’s most representative building. Built between 1660 and 1744, the building features elements of Neoclassical, Herreresque and Baroque architectural traditions. The building houses an organ from Germany with a staggering 4,600 pipes, making it one of the largest in Latin America. The cathedral is truly a sight to behold, especially on Saturday evenings when the building is flooded with sound and light.
Constructed out of pink quarry stone, its baroque interior is full of neoclassical touches, although one in particular stands out from the pre-Hispanic era: the Cristo de la Sacristia (Christ of the Sacristy or Vestry) crafted from a paste made from corn cane. At night, a spectacular light show illuminates the cathedral
This baroque style building has two levels and three courtyards. Its frontal façade is one of the most beautiful in the city. The building’s interior is decorated with beautiful murals by the painter, Alfredo Zalce, (with help of Juan Torres Calderón) in which they portrayed several scenes of the state’s history, as well as diverse passages of the Mexican Revolution.
The College San Nicolas Obispo was founded in Patzcuaro during the sixteenth century by the Bishop Vasco de Quiroga and moved to Valladolid in 1580 when the church and state changed residence.
Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was professor and principal of this school in the early nineteenth century and Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, his pupil.
Today it is a school which preserves relics such as the heart (yes really!) of Melchor Ocampo. In 1930, was declared a national monument. The building is eclectic style due to multiple modifications that it have had. However, it still manages to keep its baroque essence.
The museum is housed in the Former Convent of Buenaventura, a building annexed to the Former Convent of San Francisco, which dates from the 16th century. This museum, founded in 1972, aims to exhibit the work of local master craftsmen as well as the collections of the many handicraft types practiced throughout the state. It is located on the top floor of the building. Shares space with the House of Handicrafts.
Among many other things, Morelia is famous for its rich sweets. Proof of this is that it has a museum dedicated to the subject in which they explain their establishment in convents and monasteries during colonial times, processing in the large houses by morelianas families, product marketing and the birth of the first factories
It has more than 300 varieties of traditional candies and shopkeepers are dressed in the usage of the time of early 1900s and even visitors can dress with sumptuous costumes dating back to that time and you can take a “vintage” photograph. It also has a cafeteria .
• Tour guide
• Tours in Morelia
• Entrance fees
• Monarch Sanctuary Tour
• Morelia historic city tour
• Government Palace
• Colegio de San Nicolas
• Temple of Santa Rosa
• Conservatory of the Roses
• House of Crafts
• Garden of the roses
• Fountain of Tarascan Women
• The aqueduct
• Temple of San Diego
• Candy Museum
• And much more