Butterfly trails: hike & fly

Prepare yourself for a complete immersion in the Valle de Bravo Protected Natural Area, where we submerge ourselves in the breathtaking natural beauty and astounding biodiversity of this region.

Valle de Bravo, Mexico


4 days, 3 nights

Activity level: Nature’s Rhythms (Intermediate)

Hiking experience


From $949 USD


Ranging daily from 8 to 18km

Discover the world through movement

We look for new perspectives within cultures and communities in remote places that exist outside of modern societal structures which are focused only in progress and gains.

Your Adventure Itinerary

We will depart from Mexico City in transportation provided by Aire Libre to Nevado de Toluca National Park.

 

Starting at the foot of Nevado de Toluca, our first day unfolds with a 14 km hike, tracing the river’s path amidst mountains and canyons. We’ll pause for lunch in enchanting pine forest clearings, serenaded by the melody of the nearby river. 

 

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the local culture with a Matlatzinca* artisan workshop, followed by a delightful sampling of regional delicacies. Afterward, take time to unwind and explore the picturesque surroundings before engaging in a session of mindful stretching. 

The day culminates in a satisfying regional dinner, where we can relish our culinary creations, bringing a perfect end to the day’s adventures. 

 

*Depending on the season, the workshop may focus on Pulque, bread, mushroom foraging, or embroidery*

 

 

Accomodation: Shared cabins in the pine forest.

Snacks, Lunch & Dinner: Included.

Embrace the second day of our journey with a tranquil morning meditation by the river, setting the tone for a new day. Savor a delightful breakfast featuring regional Matlatzinca delicacies in a picturesque dining area overlooking the forest.

 

Our adventure continues with an 18 km hike through the monarch butterfly-guarded forests, offering sweeping vistas of Corral de Piedra Dam and Old Chapel. A brief pause awaits us for a light lunch beside natural springs before we resume our exploration.

 

Upon our return, we’ll be welcomed with a bountiful feast, showcasing the flavors of the land we’ve tread upon, crafted by the very family nurturing this terrain. In the afternoon, surrounded by the pristine beauty of this locale, we’ll unwind with a stretching session amidst the forest and then immerse ourselves in the cool embrace of the river.

As night falls, we will relish an organic regional dinner in the heart of the forest.


Rest awaits us in a campsite specially arranged exclusively for this unique experience.

 

Accommodation: Safari-style tent camping

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included.

On this day, you can choose to start your morning with a serene sunrise meditation, awakening your senses to the day’s possibilities. Later, relish a final organic regional breakfast amidst the enchanting forest before embarking on a 13 km trek towards Valle de Bravo. Along this hike, we’ll journey through temperate forests, connecting with natural springs and dense woodlands.

 

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the local waterfalls, experiencing the serenity of this hidden paradise. Later, we’ll be welcomed at a Retreat Ranch, where we’ll enjoy a regional meal featuring a fresh and delightful keto menu, facilitating a transition into a peaceful retreat atmosphere.

 

In the afternoon, engage in a Wirrariká temazcal ceremony, symbolically stepping into the «womb» of Mother Earth for a transformative rebirth. The day concludes with a nourishing, conscious, and delectable regional dinner at the Retreat Ranch, followed by a unique nocturnal forest therapy session. Explore the forest’s nighttime sounds, energies, and movements, fostering a deep sense of self-awareness within this natural sanctuary.

 

Accomodation: Yurts within a tranquil retreat ranch. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included.

Our final day begins with a nutritious breakfast at the ranch, where nature and architectural beauty surround us. Fueled with energy, we set out on an 8 km hike from the forests of Valle de Bravo to the charming town, reaching the paragliding launch site.

 

In order to soar, one must let go… We release all that we’ve experienced during these days and embrace the adventures that lie ahead. This paragliding flight is a tribute to the monarch butterfly and its endless journey. With a pilot who undertakes around 400 jumps annually, we’re in the most capable hands to relax and relish an unforgettable 45-minute flight, offering unparalleled views of Valle de Bravo as we float through the air.

 

Following our flight, we gather for a concluding experience meal, brimming with the forest’s healing essence that has enriched our journey. Subsequently, we begin our trip back to Mexico City, marking the culmination of a rewarding and unforgettable expedition.

 

Breakfast & Lunch: Included.

 

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the paragliding activity mentioned in the itinerary is optional. Participants are welcome to opt out of this activity if they have any concerns, reservations, or personal preferences. The safety and comfort of our participants are our top priorities, and a charming 45 min. alternative walk through streets and alleys can be made to ensure a fulfilling and enjoyable journey for all. If you choose not to participate in the paragliding activity.

Our team

Who to follow

Our Host

Santiago Carsolio resides in Valle de Bravo and hails from a family of passionate mountaineers. Both his grandparents and parents were avid mountaineers and ultra-distance runners. Santiago’s deep-rooted love for nature and physical activity was instilled in him from a young age. For years, he has been engaged in mountain trail running, not merely as a sport but as a means of healing and exploring new horizons.

 

He has been actively involved in alternative education initiatives, forest therapy, sustainable tourism, and nature guiding for several years. Collaborating with organizations, universities, and the private sector, Santiago believes that transformative experiences in nature can heal our relationship with ourselves and, consequently, with the environment affected by the environmental crisis.

 

Personally, Santiago is a natural explorer and harbors a boundless curiosity about nature. His passion has led him to set records on many of the country’s highest mountains, including Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccíhuatl, Nevado de Toluca, and Tacaná, among others. When with Santiago, expect engaging conversations about mountains, history, mythology, plants, ecology, and various sensory activities to rejuvenate the body. Santiago is one of our Lead Guides at Aire Libre Running and the creative mind behind many of our «Local Escapes Mexico» experiences.

 

To connect with Santiago, you can find him on Instagram as @santiagocarsolio

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Embark on this immersive 4-day adventure and delve into the captivating migration of the Monarch Butterfly as you traverse the picturesque valleys of Amanalco, offering sweeping views of Corral de Piedra Dam and Old Chapel. Experience the exhilaration of paragliding, enjoying panoramic vistas of Valle de Bravo and Monte Alto. Engage in a Matlatzinca workshop and indulge in authentic regional cuisine. Immerse yourself in a profund temazcal ceremony amidst the forest. This journey is a tapestry of unforgettable experiences that intimately connect you with nature and the rich tapestry of local culture.

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Butterfly Trails: Hike & Fly

Embark on this extraordinary adventure, exploring the Valle de Bravo Natural Protected Area and witnessing the mesmerizing Monarch butterfly migration. This unique experience promises deep engagements, including a temazcal ceremony, nocturnal forest immersions, and regional workshops, all culminating in an exhilarating paragliding flight over Valle de Bravo. It’s a journey within, offering a profound connection with both nature and the rich local culture.

 

**Please note that the Monarch Butterfly Migration is a delicate natural phenomenon which is  highly weather-sensitive. Due to climate change and varying weather conditions, butterfly sightings may change or not occur.

Throughout our journey, we will enjoy carefully chosen lodgings to ensure a deep and intimate connection with nature.

On the first night, we will find ourselves in shared cabins nestled in the heart of the coniferous forest. These refuge-style cabins come equipped with bunk beds and can accommodate 4-8 people, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The second night will see us nestled in the heart of the forest, resting in Safari-style tents, specially set up for this unique experience and shared among groups of up to 4 people.

For the third night, we will find comfort in yurts within the retreat ranch, sharing space with a group of 3 to 10 people.

These accommodations offer a complete immersion in the serenity of the environment, ensuring restorative sleep as we forge a deep connection with nature in its purest form.

February signifies a transitional period as the forests prepare to shift from the cold season to the dry season. It’s an excellent month for stargazing due to the clear skies. Mornings may be chilly due to the proximity to the mountains.

INCLUDED:

  • Transportation throughout the whole experience.
  • All meals and accommodations for the duration of the experience.
  • Specially designed trails along the magical landscapes of the Valle de Bravo Protected Natural Area.
  • Carefully curated culinary experiences and regional cuisine.
    We can accommodate all dietary preferences.*
  • Professional and experienced paragliding instructor/pilot
  • Dedicated sports and action photographer to capture your moments.
  • Knowledgeable and professional local guides.
  • Entrance tickets to all national parks and ejidos included in the experience.
  • Aire Libre & partner brands merchandise.
  • Complimentary La Familia Global Community Membership ($ 25 USD value)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare for your inbound and outbound flights to Mexico City.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend securing personal travel insurance for your peace of mind.
  • Alcoholic beverages and any additional meals beyond the provided ones.
  • Currently, Mexico’s international borders remain open.

  • A valid passport is required for entry.

  • A Visa may be required depending on your nationality.

  • Foreigners might be required to present a return ticket.

     

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