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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

Valle de Bravo, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.
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Valle de Bravo, Mexico, Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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
26 helpful votes 26 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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28 helpful votes 28 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
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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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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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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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Lisle-sur-Tarn
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

One more ticked off on the bucket list! Millions of butterflies roosting(!?) in the cold morning air then taking flight as the sun warms their bodies & making the sound of light rain. Brilliant!! Be prepared for a steep walk, about 3km. Although horses can be hired for about 2/3rd of the distance before it gets too steep for them.

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San Diego, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Yes, the millions of nesting butterflies are amazing, but you must understand that even if you take the 30 min horseback ride up the mountain, there's still a 15-20 min walk up an arduous, unpaved path that's often treacherous and very steep. Once you get to top, the views of butterflies are pretty incredible.

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