Girlfriends' Tour to Colonial Mexico - Niteo Tours

A curated travel experience for women

February 16-25, 2024

Tour Highlights

Monarch butterfly preserve • Authentic Mexican cuisine • Stunning architecture and history in Morelia •
Charming local markets in Patzcuaro • Hands-on cultural experiences

You’re invited to come along on this fascinating discovery of the monarch butterfly migration.

Every winter millions of monarch butterflies from North America travel 3,000 miles to migrate to a park preserve in the highlands of Mexico. Travel to this natural wonder at the perfect time—when the butterflies are active and stirring to make their long journey back.


Beyond butterflies, you’ll explore ancient archeological wonders, colorful colonial cities, rich vibrant culture, and the unforgettable cuisine in this part of the country known by locals as the “Soul of Mexico”

Small groups

personalized service

Private local guides
and transportation



Guanajuato, Days 1-3 


Day 1, Friday Feb 16 – Welcome to Mexico! You’ll be welcomed by your guide at Leon’s airport and enjoy private transportation to the brightly-colored Guanajuato. Check into your hotel before meeting new travel friends and enjoying a welcome dinner.

Day 2, Saturday Feb 17 – Honeybees & Heroes. This morning visit a beekeeping destination. Your host owns seventy-five beehives throughout the hills surrounding Guanajuato. If you like, slip into one of the bee suits. Later shop for products made from honey or the hive. After lunch enjoy free time to explore, shop, or visit the mummy museum (optional) before a late afternoon walking tour to learn about Mexico’s heroes of independence. Take in the view from El Pípila, then wrap up the night with the delightful troubadours.

Day 3, Sunday Feb 18 – Authentic Hacienda. After breakfast, you’re on your way to a beautiful historic hacienda for a leisurely day of horseback riding, a massage, and a time to relax. After a late lunch, arrive back in Guanajuato. The evening is yours to enjoy however you want.

Patzcuaro, Days 4-6


Day 4, Monday Feb 19 – Charming Patzcuaro. In the morning, leave for charming Patzcuaro and a tour of everything this quaint town has to offer. You’ll find small shops with local potters, textile weavers and other artisans.

Day 5, Tuesday Feb 20 – Copper Craftsmanship. In the morning enjoy time to explore the many shops, or take a boat ride to Janítzio Island. After lunch, you’ll leave for nearby Santa Clara to watch the complexities involved in fine copper craftsmanship.

Day 6, Wednesday Feb 21 – Avocado orchard. Learn about Mexico’s “green gold” at a family-owned avocado orchard. Taste fresh guacamole and meet the owner. You’ll have lunch at a restaurant destination filled with beautiful artwork. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own.

Morelia, Days 7-10


Day 7, Thursday Feb 22 – A beautiful colonial city. Today it’s on to beautiful Morélia and a walking tour of some of the architecture and sites for which it’s famous, including the Baroque-style cathedral. Late afternoon, visit a vibrant nonprofit making a difference in the lives of local youth (optional). Wrap up the day with some amazing made-to-order quesadillas.

Day 8, Friday Feb 23 – Millions of butterflies. You’ll leave early morning for the three-hour drive to the butterfly biosphere. On arrival, hike or take a horseback ride up to the meadows. Then take your time to enjoy the fascinating butterflies. You’ll arrive home late afternoon.

Day 9, Saturday Feb 24 – Cooking class & classic cathedral. Enjoy a leisurely start to your day. Late morning, enjoy hands-on cooking with a talented local chef (optional).  Shop and explore more before a farewell dinner and the lighting of Morelia’s cathedral.

Day 10, Sunday Feb 25 – Back home! Say your final goodbyes after breakfast before down time before traveling home. We hope you come again.

Due to weather and other factors itinerary is subject to change.

Photo courtesy of Brian Overcast

Explore Mexico for 10 Days! 

February 16 – February 25, 2024

Tour Price


(based on double occupancy)


Space is limited!

How is this tour unique?
Because of Niteo Tours’ local connections, you’ll be able to explore places others sometimes miss and get a look at the country from an insider’s perspective.  You’ll come away not only with a great vacation and new friendships but the confidence that just by taking a vacation you’re benefitting those making a difference in the local community.
What are some cultural activities included in this tour?
Be introduced to a local family and experience authentic Mexican cuisine. Discover the rich history and modern luxuries of an authentic hacienda. Laugh, sing, and walk your way through the streets with Guanajuato’s famous troubadours. See how your vacation brings joy to the lives of children who need it most.
What does the tour price include?
  • Nine nights’ accommodation at excellent hotels
  • Breakfast and one other meal daily
  • Private transportation, inclusive of airport transfer for designated times
  • All tour activities and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Local, English-speaking guide who’s knowledgeable of the local region and culture
  • All pre-trip information, including detailed itinerary, travel and cultural tips
  • Detailed personalized service


Does not include gratuities, optional activities, international airfare into Leon Del Bajio in Guanajuato (BJX) and out of Morelia (MLM) or supplement of $300 for those who wish single occupancy.


Hotels and itinerary subject to change. 


What airports do I fly in and out of?
You’ll fly into BJX, the Guanajuato International Airport, which is actually located near Leon. You’ll fly home from Morelia, MLM. Complimentary private transportation is provided from the airport to the hotel between 12-2 and 2-3:30 pm so keep that in mind when booking your flights.


When will I receive details on my trip?
You’ll receive all the good stuff in September! Everything you’ll need to get ready for an amazing time in colonial Mexico, including cultural tips and suggested packing list.


monarch butterfly

Photo courtesy of Brian Overcast

Explore authentic Mexican culture and cuisine. Experience the space to breathe, rest and relax.
Embrace friendships with other like-minded women along the journey.