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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

Address: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.
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Boone, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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142 reviews 142 reviews
60 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
60 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Going to see the monarch butterflies at the sanctuary was an amazing experience. We were 2 adults hiking up and our 18 month old baby in a baby rucksack. We were told by locals as well as the guides that it is a difficult hike and to consider going horseback. We are an active, athletic couple that likes hiking but... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I really wanted to visit this place, but it´s physically demanding. (2 hours of tough hike that requires a very good shape or a tough horseback ride too (I did the horseback ride and all my body was contracture for 2 days!) At the end and although I enjoyed myself with the butterflies, I was so mad because I was... More 

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Wow, this place is truly magical. There are so many butterflies that their wings make noise! Be prepared for a hike. I'm in good shape, and I hike HARD for an hour to get to the mountain top where the butterflies are, BUT it was worth it. A guide goes with you, and you can rent a horse if you... More 

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Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The place is nice and you can see a lot of buterflies, We were not very lucky since there was no sun and we could see them flying. Note that you have to walk around 3 kilometers up to the place.

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New York City
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I love this kind of travel...naturally dirty, slightly dangerous, physically demanding and locally authentic. We devoted a whole day to making this trip from MexicoCity and it was worthwhile. Where else are you going to see millions of butterflies in a remote and basically unregulated location. I can't imagine naturalists would approve of the tourist set up here as the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Monarchs' migration was the reason I stayed in Mexico City on the way home from Cuba. I hired a guide (Hector Barraza - mexicocityelitetours.com - he has no peer!) from MC because I was travelling on my own and safety was #1 priority. Hector said this was the safest place to see them. We left MC at 6am and... More 

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