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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.
CdMx, Mexico
+52 55 1308 3732
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be surrounded by tens of thousands of monarch butterflies swirling in the warming air, alighting everywhere, and clinging to trees more than a foot thick is amazing! But the climb is arduous at altitude, so be prepared!

1  Thank SwatOx
Reviewed May 27, 2018

It was cloudy the day we went so the butterflies stayed clumped together. But after going to a different place even if it was a great day I think other places might be better because this place was pretty dense forest. There wasn't many openings...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2018

This winter time 2015-2016 shows a record number of insects compared to last year, which can be “a good signal to recover” from the minimum numbers shown two years ago, the World Wildlife Found (WWF) informed today. This butterfly, well known by the black &...More

1  Thank Alfredo-Tourguide
Reviewed April 22, 2018

The place is absolutely a must... the amount of butterflies were by millions... the view is spectacular, a moment that will last a life time... the food around the area was fresh and also very tasty and original. The walk wasn't that difficult. They also...More

2  Thank RMEV
Reviewed April 15, 2018

Ever wondered where all those migrating Monarch butterflies that hit the sky road every autumn over New York are flying to? Mexico, baby! Clocking up to a hundred miles a day to reach an extraordinary winter resting sanctuary. Recently, I followed them. Growing up on...More

2  Thank Ellen F
Reviewed April 9, 2018

As you enter the valley where the butterflies winter, you are literally surrounded by thousands of monarchs. Such an unforgettable and beautiful site!

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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Take the horse to save time and energy on the outbound leg. You can choose to walk back after seeing the butterflies. Pick a sunny day otherwise you will be disappointed by the lack of butterfly activity. It was simply splendid to see the butterlies...More

Thank jtang2
Reviewed March 7, 2018

This is one of the most magical places I have ever been in my entire life (And I have traveled a lot). It is a challenge to get there but then all good things are. It is in a fairly remote area. It is at...More

1  Thank jandelion
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Each time has been a very different experience. My recommendations are as follows.... Avoid any holiday time in Mexico. It can get quite busy. Good sturdy footwear. You will get dusty. Early morning you will need a jacket. Try to choose a day there will...More

3  Thank Kevin D
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing. After a hike to the top of the mountain, you start seeing a few butterflies coming around near you. As you approach thesunny areas, you get surrounded by kaleidoscopes of beautiful butterflies minding their own business. It’s definutely and ethereal and...More

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Response from RMEV | Reviewed this property |
Also about the hiking.. at the el Rosario didn't need any special shoes... just sturdy ones because in case if is wet and muddy ... the hike itself wasn't that bad for me at 65 but in good shape... no difficulty whatsoever... More