Travelers inspired by National Geographic Channel’s new 7-part “Great Migrations” documentary can find a wealth of real-world migration tours from Mexico’s Monarch butterflies to Canada’s Churchill polar bears through eco tour company Natural Habitat Adventures. Part One of the Great Migration series, which has been called the National Geographic Society’s most ambitious documentary ever, is titled “Born to Move” and airs November 7. The episode follows the travels of four species – sperm whales, red crabs, wildebeests and the familiar-yet-mysterious Monarch butterflies that take four generations to cross a continent. Natural Habitat Adventures 6-day “Kingdom of the Monarchs: Monarch Butterfly Migration” tour visits the butterflies where they winter in Central Mexico’s Transvolcanic Mountains.
“Kingdom of the Monarchs: Monarch Butterfly Migration”
The Natural Habitat Adventures butterfly migration tour explores the remote Mexican old-growth forests where branches hang heavy with the up to 300 million monarchs who migrate there annually. With tour departures from January 9 through March 7, 2011, the small-group eco tour visits three monarch butterfly sanctuaries with groves called “magical” by those who have witnessed the butterflies’ aerial ballet. Some tours have the opportunity to follow a rugged trail on horseback then on foot to the most recently opened and least developed Piedra Herrada. Prices for the Monarch butterfly migration tour are $2,995 per person, double occupancy, with a group limit of 15 travelers.
Additional Natural Habitat Adventures tours that follow great wildlife migrations around the planet include its five different Churchill polar bear tours, its African safaris, including two new trips, The Great Tanzania Migration Safari and The Great Kenya Migration Safari, and the Mexico’s Sea Turtles tour, where travelers help with the annual moonlit beach hatch of olive ridley sea turtles.
Natural Habitat Adventures gives back to the places it visits with local business support, conservation education and sustainable practices – and all tours are carbon neutral. A member of Adventure Collection and exclusive Conservation Travel Provider to World Wildlife Fund, the company’s most recent awards include 2010 Tour of a Lifetime honors from National Geographic Traveler.