El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Preserve

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El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Preserve

El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Preserve
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Located next to the tiny village of El Rosario, this sanctuary is the winter nesting grounds for millions of monarch butterflies that migrate from the U.S. each year.
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Madame
Park Ridge, IL1 contribution
Monarch Butterfly Reserves
Jun 2020
A year ago I took an amazing trip to the monarch butterfly reserves El Rosario & Sierra Chincua near Angangueo, Mexico.

I based my trip on reviews from Travel Advisory & wholeheartedly agree with their descriptions of the magnificent experience. I’ll not repeat but will add on.

I flew into Mexico City but in my haste to get to the monarchs didn’t plan enough time there.
But My remarkable driver/guide Fernando Lopez ensured i made the most of it visiting Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe; fun & pretty Floating Gardens; and busy market square.
Fernando shared his extensive knowledge of the sites & city. I mentioned i was dreading the 3 hour bus ride to Angangueo and he offered to drive me! And return to fetch me! I enthusiastically recommend this wonderful gentleman.
Fernando Lopez +52 55 5402 7372 flg7372@gmail.com

Newly opened Mexico City Sofitel is beautiful. Staff fantastic from car park through hotel manager. One of the best meals of my life was at their BAJEL restaurant. The tastes, presentation & service highest quality.

In Angangueo, I hired Another exceptional guide/driver Oscar Reyes +52 715 127 2308 rrosco@live.com Knowledgeable & personable, Oscar goes out of his way to accommodate. He expertly guided me through the Monarch reserves. The breathtaking experience is well described by other reviewers. (If sensitive to altitude, add a packet of Propel powder to your water bottle).

I stayed at very pleasant Hotel Jardin in Angangueo. Terrace garden beautiful day or night.
Written May 2, 2021
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Nolagurl1956
New Orleans, LA61 contributions
A once in a lifetime experience
Feb 2021
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness and experience something beautiful. Being surrounded by so many butterflies that you can hear the fluttering of their wings is truly amazing.
We were fortunate that the butterflies were out and flying around the day we visited the sanctuary as I have learned this is not always the case. Temperature, time of day, time of the season and other factors are all variables of where the butterflies may be so do some homework.
But do it as it is an experience you will not forget.
Written February 15, 2021
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Penny S
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Magical
Feb 2020
To see this many Monarch butterflies in clumps, before they are warm enough to fly, and then take off in flight, is pure magic and unforgettable.
My advice:
1. Dress in layers as it is chilly in the morning and after an hour of walking, you will feel much warmer!
2. B
ring a small pair of binoculars. A traveler loaned me his while we were gazing at the clumps of butterflies and it gives a whole different perspective.
3. Do hire a guide, a paid guide who speaks Spanish. The guides have a deep love and respect for the monarchs. Our guide David, picked us up at the hotel and drove us to the two different locations for several days and took care of the entrance fees etc. He said he would have picked us up at the airport if we had contacted him. Honestly the hardest part of the trip was travel from the airport to the hotel. David Hernandez Reyes was wonderful. Contact him if you wish at davidguiamonarca@hotmail.com. +52 1 715 123 9007. His fees are very reasonable.
4. It is really a lot of walking. Take it slow and enjoy it! You can ride a horse at some locations.
Written July 12, 2020
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mmorton7970
Westminster, CO1 contribution
Beautiful 2 hr drive from Morelia.
Mar 2020
Stayed in Morlia for 3 nights, loved it. The 2 hr drive to El Rosarito was beautiful and hour hike uphill to the Monarcas was awesome. Well worth the trip.
Written March 15, 2020
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Luv2travel_RS
Moncton, Canada565 contributions
Very different and out of the way
Mar 2020
For those interested in this type of thing, be aware it's very out of the way in the country side. It's a good 2 hrs or more from Morelia and 3 hrs from Mexico City. Unless you're very fit, I suggest taking the horses at least on the way up. The success of this trip will depend on the weather. They need sunshine or else they will stay clinging to the trees in a clump and won't move. We had sun and clouds and saw quite a few when the sun was out. Those in the shade didn't move even with the sun out. Even though there were probably hundreds of thousands that never moved, there are still plenty flying around. Hint: if you want them to land on you, wear white. My wife had a white hat and white tshirt and they were all over her. There will be lots sitting on leaves, branches, etc very close by for excellent pictures. Peak time is late Feb to early March and usually starting late morning when the sun warms up their wings. The trail that the horses take is not the same as the walking trail. We took the horses and it was very dusty. Overall, a very different and worthwhile experience.
Written March 14, 2020
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Vimoli
Clearwater, MN11 contributions
Unbelievable!
Feb 2020
You just can't imagine the magnitude of this experience! There are zillions of butterflies. Everything in this forest area is orange...butterflies all over the ground, hanging in clumps from the trees and as the day starts to warm up, they start flapping their wings and flutter about, sometimes landing on your head or shoulder. Absolutely a must 'see to believe' experience!
Written March 10, 2020
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OOFA2
Chicago36 contributions
Magical Experience
Jan 2020
Flew into Mexico City, rented a car and drove to this lovely place. WOW!! Climbed to the top and it was well worth it. You can take a horse as an alternative. Bring water for the hike to the top. Workers are lovely. We ate lunch on the site. Well worth the visit! Millions of butterflies everywhere.
Written March 7, 2020
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hillyb22
british columbia17 contributions
Be prepared to see dead and dying monarchs.
Mar 2019
As an animal lover, butterfly gardener and practicing environmentalist, I would not revisit the Rosario reserve. Monarchs can be so thick on the dusty volcanic ash trails that it's impossible not to step on the butterflies. I tried to rescue a clump from underfoot by setting them upon a sparcely vegetated bank. They returned to the exact place of rescue. Their bodies trembled and squirmed underfoot. I was told they were either mating or reaching the end of their lives. I found this disturbing. We were further eroding the trail and creating motion and sound, two factors imperative to their getting the sleep and rest they need for their migratory journey to northern US and southern Canada where the females will lay their eggs on milkweed plants there and along the way. I recommend sending a donation to the reserve, enjoying the many films featuring the Monarch, and planting milkweed seeds or plants now available at nurseries. Development has dimished milkweed habitat everywhere. Monarchs will only lay eggs on milkweed. It's their only chance for survival. That and the continued life of the Mexican reserves where they can rest and drink nectar.. Judith Benson, Salmon Arm Canada.
Written February 28, 2020
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Maureen
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The Butterflies were amazing!
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband and I travelled from Mexico City to Angangueo in January. We stayed at the Margarita hotel (basic but clean and friendly owner). The trip from Mexico City by deluxe bus was very easy (2-3 hr depending on bus). The owner of the hotel arranged a taxi/tour guide to take us up the 12 Km to Rosario. It was a Tuesday and very few people were around. Oscar Reyes - our taxi driver-guide, with his adorable 5 year old daughter, walked with me up to the butterflies while my husband rode the horse. At over 8000 ft a.s.l. some people will find the altitude a little challenging. Oscar was great - perfect English and very informative. I am a hiker and 77 years old and I found the hike not too challenging - just take it steadily. The experience of the butterflies was amazing...they cling to the trees in bunches and when the sun hits them they were flying around. Beautiful. Another thing off my bucket list!
Written February 28, 2020
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CeeZeeMex
Edmonton, Canada140 contributions
Awe inspiring
Feb 2020
A challenge to your years of snacking and couch surfing for sure. Good half hour uphill walk from the parking lot to the butterfly area. But once you are there, OMG, it’s absolutely amazing to see this wonder of nature. If you are anywhere in Mexico that is a reasonable trip to the Morelia area, it’s a must see!
Written February 27, 2020
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