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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

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Address: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
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A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.

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Nice place to see the butterflies

We arrived by 10am on a Saturday and it was packed with tour buses and visitors. Take the main entrance (3rd) where you see official signs and washrooms. They are well organized... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We arrived by 10am on a Saturday and it was packed with tour buses and visitors. Take the main entrance (3rd) where you see official signs and washrooms. They are well organized, but your tickets, then approach the entrance and rent a horse if you want one. The walk up can take anywhere from 1hr-2.5 hours, depending on your pace.... More 

1 Thank MexChilanga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My fiancé and I study ecology and he specifies on butterflies, so it was a must for us to see the monarch sanctuary. It is everything you see in pictures and documentaries and more. You will see millions of butterflies. I do recommend however, that you visit when it's sunny or you will find all the monarchs on the trees.... More 

Thank Yadira R
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to start by saying that this place is beautiful, I am slim and consider myself to be fit, or at least I thought so. A few miinutes after starting our walk we felt really short of breath,..like really, to the point we couldn't continue and had to get horses. I wonder if it's due to the fact that... More 

Thank Ilovetravelingsomuch
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have two teens and travelled with a family with 3 small kids to Valle de Bravo with the main purpose of seeing a monarch sanctuary. I had read several of the reviews on here, but on the morning we went, I checked one last time for any hints and for hours and hit upon gold. I didn't find the... More 

5 Thank Alissa W
Mexico City, Mexico
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On arrival and on payment to enter (MXN$50), you have the option of walking up to the butterflies (about 2 hours uphill and at 3000m so be prepared) or going on horseback (MXN$150). The guide is included in the entry price but they shoudl certainly receive a generous tip one completed. The horses are left behind for the final part... More 

1 Thank mattd72
Mexico City, Mexico
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Going to see the Monarch Butterflies is an extraordinary experience. It does take a little bit of time getting there but it is a good exercise and the view is great. You can also rent a horse that will take you there instead of walking.

Thank Alisaucedo
Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've wanted to see the monarcas since I was a kid watching David Attenborough in the midst of a butterflyer swarm. The monarcas are disaparing at an astoniching rate. The sanctuary are doing a good job in preserving the habitat. We rented horses. In 3000+ moh it was nice with a ride up. It was amazing to see the monarcas... More 

Thank Breines
Mexico City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Valle for a few days and wanted to experience the Monarch butterfly reserve. On a recommendation we went to the third spot up the road from Valle de Bravo, There are two turn outs before,(coming from Vallle) but the main location is where the cabins are. There is a charge to get in of 50 pesos, and... More 

3 Thank rainman73
Queretaro, Mexico
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We walked up to the sanctuary, which is only recommendable if you have good lungs, because at 3000 metres the air is thin. For the footsore, there are horses and guides.

Thank Jay N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We are 2 women traveling in Mexico and had a bad incident recently, so we were a bit hesitant to make this journey. I'm so thankful that we decided to go. The bus ride out of Mexico City from the bus station across from the metro line Observatorio took us directly to Valle de Bravo. This town is very cute,... More 

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