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Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

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Address: Cerro Prieto, Mexico
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Private Tour to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary from Mexico City
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We learned that the monarchs travel to 3 or 4 different places while wintering in Michoacan. The last place that they gather before heading to Texas is on Cerro Pelon in March... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
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Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We learned that the monarchs travel to 3 or 4 different places while wintering in Michoacan. The last place that they gather before heading to Texas is on Cerro Pelon in March. They start their journey north to Texas in mid-March. Cerro Pelon area is accessible from the village of Macheros in the State of Mexico, about 30 minutes by... More 

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Napa, California
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Just a wonderful experience to see these butterflies. It was spring on the mountain and in a few days they will be leaving to fly to Texas and have the first egg laying.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

I traveled with Travelphile Tours and guides. Rode horse up and back. Trail is not improved much but the butterflies were amazing. This is truly butterfly heaven. There is a walking trail also up the mountain and down. Lots of springs and it was spring on the mountain with many blooming wild flowers.

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Las Cruces NM
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This was truly an outstanding trip. EcoColors Tours did an amazing job. Our driver Alberto did a great job. I cannot say enough good about our guide Clemente! He added things onto the trip. We visited extra museums and toured Mexico City and Valle de Bravo. The first day I was not prepared for the altitude 10,800 feet and had... More 

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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Butterfly was in the top of the mountain. Don't worry, you can use horse to the top, the cose of return ticket was just 150 peso. It took about 40 minutes to the top. was exciting and beautiful. There is also some lake nearby that mountain.You can enjoy good lunch. If you like paragliding activities, you can enjoy near the... More 

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Reviewed 12 June 2016

The El Rosario Monarch Butterfly reserve is truly an eye-opening natural classroom for human to respect. Thousands of Monarch butterflies fly, drink, mate and die/sleep in the reserve before the females move on to lay eggs in Canada. We humans have to respect their life cycle and their path. It is spectacular to see them living in hundreds in the... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2016

We visited these two locations on consecutive days, both of which were sunny, so the butterflies were in the air as well as on the trees. We have to disagree with the Lonely Planet guide on this one but perhaps we were just lucky. We visited the Sierra Chincua reserve on a midweek afternoon in early February. Two small parties... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2016

I visited Cerro Pelon reserve which I hear is the least accessible site to see the butterflies from and also the place you can see them the closest. You are required to have a guide go with you which you can hire at the gate. I don't speak Spanish well but it seemed like each person needed a guide (not... More 

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Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

It was a nice place, very butter-tiful. The employees were all very nice. It is quite a bit of walking but worth it! The horses were all nice as well.

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Reviewed 17 February 2016

One of the most magical places to visit. The butterflies are everywhere! We went on a sunny day in mid-February (the peak season), and we were amazed at how many there were!

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