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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

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Address: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Description: A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.
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"Magnifico, Monarca Mariposa"

2nd of 3 Monarch Butterfly reserves we visited Jan 16th-Jan18 2015 and by far the least commercial, steepest climb and most natural setting. We should of taken horses as it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

2nd of 3 Monarch Butterfly reserves we visited Jan 16th-Jan18 2015 and by far the least commercial, steepest climb and most natural setting. We should of taken horses as it was very steep and a long hike. If you go take plenty of water as there was nothing and no one there last week when we visited except locals hiring... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I don't know why but it is so difficult to find these sanctuaries - very little on the web, very few signs, etc. We drove on our own from Mexico City - when driving you should go towards Valle de Bravo and then turn off to take the road that connects Valle de Bravo and Temascaltepec. About half way in... More 

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Portland, OR
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Supposedly one of THE places to go to see the Monarch butterflies. OOps!! The horse that they gave my wife could hardly walk. It would not place any weight on its hind leg. The horse they gave me was adequate for a 12 year old but not anywhere large enough to carry me. They saddle adjustment was so bad that... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I had wanted to see this for years. I was particularly excited about seeing it after watching a feature on the Monarch butterfly migration on the Canadian CBC TV show, The Nature of Things, with David Suzuki. We managed to get there on December 29th, 2014, through a private tour out of Mexico City, called “Journeys Beyond the Surface.” I... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We went on an organize tour with J.M Butterfly B and B and had a fantastic time. I'm not exactly sure what all the rules are with the guides, etc, but even with our tour, organized by a local, we still had to have a guide from the sanctuary with us. The hike is moderately strenuous and it would be... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We travelled to Valle de Bravo from PVR to see the butterflies. I would not recommend travelling on your own - we flew to Toluca and drove the rest of the way, but once we were there we were able to arrange a guide (Aventura Park) and this helped ease the anxiety of driving on our own. We had read... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

So excited to have opportunity to visit this winter nesting spot for the Monarch butterflies. Extreme walk up to about 11,500+ elevation. Air thin. Minor altitude sickness. See some monarchs on way up, thousands at top fluttering and floating in tree tops.

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Noosa Heads
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I was really excited to be going to see this amazing phenomenon having seen it on TV. It wasn't the best of days. Google Maps took me in completely the wrong direction and I had a real problem finding the place but finally I made it. I tried to take the advice of an earlier reviewer and not get a... More 

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Valle de Bravo, Mexico, Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The worst place to see a great natural phenomena like the migration of the Monarch Butterfly. No running water, dusty paths, poor explanation from the guides, the horses are not healthy.

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brecon
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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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