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Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Cerro Prieto, Mexico
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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71 reviews 71 reviews
59 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 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

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Ottawa, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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West Vancouver, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 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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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is an easy trip to do on your own by public bus. From San Miguel De Allende or Guanajuato, you can take a first class bus to Celaya (1 hour), then Omnibus De Mexico has a first class bus from Celaya to Zitacuaro (4.5 hours), then frequent buses to Angangueo (1 hour). Most people say you need to go... More

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's a must!! If you want to see a wonderful spectacle don't miss this sanctuary of the monarch butterflies in Mexico. Go to a beautiful town that's call Valle de bravo, stay in one of the hotels in town, have diner at la taberna de leon and drive the next day early in the morning to the sanctuary of the... More

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting. We really enjoyed the interactive nature of the biosphere and learned a lot about our environment.

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Amazing experience !!! We went to the tourism office in Morelia (what a beautiful city) and there they can arrange you a trip to the biosphere. The guide was very very good. The trip is a bit long but the landscapes are beautiful. The 45 minutes of hiking is not so hard but the site is so in high altitude... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

One of the most amazing things you will ever see. But unlike another review, I would go when it is somewhat cloudy, with good chance of sunshine later. When it is cloudy, the butterflies cling to each other on the trees-they look like bee hives. When the sun comes out, every one of these beautiful creatures flee from the trees,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Get ready for some hiking! We hiked for about 45 minutes before we got to the actual location where the monarch butterflies clustered together on trees! It was an amazing thing to see and experience! As you enter the park, you are expected to pay an entrance fee. Then you drive a short mile, to get to the second entrance,... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to the reserve very much, but I would caution others not to make the same mistake we did, which was to go on a cold, partly cloudy day in January. Didn't realize how weather-sensitive the little guys were until we arrived. The butterflies would just start to take flight as sunshine flooded the forest, and then... More

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