On gossamer wings

Monarch butterflies in Mexico allow brush with fragile beauty

OCAMPO, Mexico -- This is a story that must begin at the end. But oh, what an end.


TOUR: Tia Stephanie Tours offers trips that include visits to two monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico between Nov. 15 and March 1. Prices begin at $2,385 per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included; tiastephanietours.com/tour/monarch-butterfly.

LODGING: Rancho Cumbre Monarca in Ocampo is about a 10-minute drive from El Rosario. It has a kind of rustic elegance, with large, tile-floored rooms with fireplaces and windows overlooking the grounds, where farm animals wander. Kids would love it. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the on-site restaurant. Rooms start around $50 a night; ranchocumbremonarca.com (in Spanish).

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