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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...

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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Wonderful paradise

We visit this beautiful Paradise on February 12th little early as it's getting warmer in the afternoon so we were very lucky to see the beautiful Butterfly as it was a beautiful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit this beautiful Paradise on February 12th little early as it's getting warmer in the afternoon so we were very lucky to see the beautiful Butterfly as it was a beautiful sunny afternoon The best time to go is late February in the afternoon Best to take a horse very steep and altitude much easier than walking and to... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of 8 who went on a Monday, so there were no crowds. Three of us went up/down on horseback -- the rest of us walked. I'd brought along a walking stick when I heard that the walk can be strenuous. But I didn't need it after all, so I lent it to one of my compadres... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Watching the butterflies is truly amazing. Our group of 4 arrived at El Rosario. We went up the hill on horses to the sanctuary. I definitely recommend this mode up the hill, it was steep and muddy. It only costs $5.00 and it is worth every penny. When we were leaving, we walked down to the parking lot, it is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's very worth to come and see the butterflies, the reason why I gave 4 instead of perfect mark because of the experience. I feel like if the guide could talk more about the living, history and protection of butterflies would be better. And there were few children were laughing and crying in the forest, that made me felt disappointed.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The horse rides up and down are essential for those like me who have problems with altitude or who are infirm. The butterflies were incredible, a very moving experience. The horse rides were another matter. The many trails to the mountain summit are badly worn and eroded, in some places to a depth of 30 cm or 2 feet and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited in mid February. As you climb the path into the Sanctuary, a river of monarch butterflies passes you. At the top, the trees are festooned with them. Its totally breath taking. I walked up the mountain. This takes about 45minutes.... and is hard work at a height of 3000m. You can rent a horse to get you up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were initially intending to go to Sierra Chincua like the Lonely Planet recommends, but when we got to Angangueo our taxi driver recommended we visit El Rosario instead as it is apparently better viewing at the moment. As we didn't make it to Sierra Chincua I don't know if he was correct about the comparison, but El Rosario was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the larger Monarch Butterfly sanctuaries in the area, and the number of butterflies resting in the trees is spectacular. I would recommend riding horseback to the upper reaches where the butterflies congregate, as the walk is steep and the altitude is approximately 10,600 feet. For about 10 dollars you get a guide who leads the horse up the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

we visit to el Rosario butterfly preserve with Roderigo and Carmen, with travelphile tours and they were the most wonderful tour guides for the monarch preserve and all over central mexico, san miguel and Mexico City. They were the kindest, most well-informed, and conscientious guides that you could ever wish for. Roderigo is the founder of Audubon in San Miguel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

The drive from Patzcuaro was surprisingly smooth, save for the last 10 or so miles (watch out for the speed bumps and potholes!), and we arrived in just under four hours. We chose to ride horses rather than hike the 1 1/2 kilometers from the main gathering area to the sanctuary; the parking lot is at 10,000 feet, and the... More 

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