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Address: Cerro Prieto, Mexico
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Piedra Herrada area of Preservation in the Valle de Bravo

This site is about 2 hours out of Mexico City by car. Upon reaching the preserve we rented horses (which are tethered) and rode about an hour up the hill and then walked another... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
San Ramon, California

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Mexico City, Mexico
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is nice but one should not go if the weather is cloudy. The butterflies flutter only when there is a sun, otherwise sleeping. Its an ongoing amazing journey of butterflies which comes from north to mexico city and returns!!!!! Overall it was a nice experience.

Thank Ruby4861
San Ramon, California
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109 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site is about 2 hours out of Mexico City by car. Upon reaching the preserve we rented horses (which are tethered) and rode about an hour up the hill and then walked another 30 minutes or so until we came to the butterflies. We were at an altitude of over 13000 feet so the horses helped with the altitude.... More 

5 Thank awm1
Mexico City, Mexico
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164 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Out of the three places one can go to to see the monarch butterflies , we selected the one close to Zitacuaro ( Cerro El Pelon /in Capulin municipio ) because we read this was the last open and less visited place , which also means it is the less equipped place and probably the most challenging one ( physically)... More 

5 Thank LePapito
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193 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We visited the Capulin Butterfly Reserve as part of a G Adventure tour. The reserve is also called Cerro Pelon and was suppose to be one of the newer reserves. There were a few buildings and signs at the entrance and a room appeared to be for school groups with butterfly paintings on the walls, but I did not see... More 

10 Thank ERIC353
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We had a wonderful experience seeing the Monarch Butterflies and are saddened that there are not as many as in past years.

1 Thank Denise D
Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We enjoyed very much getting to see the monarchs. We went to the Sierra Chincua reserve and had a guide who led us on the hike up approx 800 feet elevation gain, 45 minutes, not bad if you take it slowly due to elevation. Horses were also available to ride if you preferred, We are hikers and loved the pine... More 

9 Thank Barbara C
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

we used "viajes Ajijic tours" leaving 8:30 am on a Friday to Guadalajara bus station for a 4 hour bus trip ( great bus ...... roomy, TV , and bathroom) to Morelia ....great city but I hated the hotel on the plaza .......concrete beds, rocks for pillows and no hot water ........(GREAT AND HELPFUL STAFF BUT NOTHING TO WORK WITH)... More 

9 Thank Gravy G
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84 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This trip us truly one of the wonders of the animal kingdom. My girlfriend and I travelled by car to Valle de Bravo, stayed the night in this charming lakeside town and after a hearty breakfast we visited the reserve just outside Valle the next morning . The first sight of these beautiful butterflies were the numerous millions flying over... More 

18 Thank david h
Ottawa, Canada
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I went to Mexico specifically to see the Monarch butterflies at their wintering grounds. An amazing experience: thousands upon thousands of butterflies floating in the air, resting on trees, feeding on flowers and sipping from streams. This miracle is currently being threatened: I recommend you visit, tread lightly, and commit to saving this migrating butterfly. For a small fee you... More 

12 Thank Greencolander
West Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is a must see if you're in the region! Seeing thousands of butterflies on the trees and alight in the pine forest is a magical sight to behold. Jaime Olalde of Tours Mexico Colonial made the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve an easy and delightful day trip from San Miguel. His experience and knowledge of the region and the butterflies... More 

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