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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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7-Day Tour from Mexico City: Monarch Butterfly Migration Experience
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Monarch Butterfly Tour In Valle de Bravo from Mexico City

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Amazing place but please respect it

We travelled there this week, take horse up into hills worth the 150 pesos. Butterflies were amazing protected by wwf and thank goodness they are or tourists would kill them... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Newbury, United Kingdom
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We travelled there this week, take horse up into hills worth the 150 pesos. Butterflies were amazing protected by wwf and thank goodness they are or tourists would kill them all.we were able to get close enough to photograph them up in trees and all around. Some tourists wanted to get closer and got stroppy with their guide as they... More 

2 Thank Wasitme
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Monarch butterfly migration story is fascinating!! The sanctuary is a must see in the winter where the butterflies hibernate. There are definitely more than 7 wonders of the world and this is one of them. Don't miss it!!

1 Thank Carolyn K
Erie, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We visited Piedra Herrada Sanctuary in Feb. 2015. We had not been able to find much information on the Internet about this sanctuary, so we were pleasantly surprised on our arrival. We had spent the previous night in Toluca, and drove to the Sanctuary using Hwy 134, the Road to Temalscatepec. After the turn-off to Valle de Bravo, the Sanctuary... More 

1 Thank hollytmx
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We went Piedra Herrada Sanctuary on Feb.14, 2015. We take a private taxi to come here on route to Angangueo for the rest of butterfly sanctuaries. The following are lessons leant: - It is possible to make a day trip to here from Mexico City, if this is the only sanctuary you want to see. - Make sure you choose... More 

3 Thank CanadianTraveller668
México DF
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

It was my first time. You need to know that you'll walk around 50 min, take your breath and your time to up. You can take a ride on a horse too. Please wear some comfortable clothes and shoes. On top with small groups with 20 or less people you can share this amazing place. Just to know how butterflies... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

6 Thank 5thewilsons
Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

6 Thank SirenitaDF
Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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