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Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary

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Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary

84 Reviews
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ImagineThatGlass wrote a review Mar 2020
Tallahassee, Florida88 contributions32 helpful votes
This is a great place to see monarchs - if you don't mind being herded with many many others (school groups too), some of whom are talking on cell phones and otherwise very loud and noisy. It's a shame but this place is too easily accessible. You can walk or ride a horse. We walked down (parts are loose rock and very slippery) and took a horse back up. Definitely recommend the horse back up!! Wear your hiking boots and watch your footings. Maybe go early in the day to avoid some of the crowds so you can enjoy what you came for - the monarchs.
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Date of experience: February 2020
grip652 wrote a review Feb 2020
Collierville, Tennessee777 contributions172 helpful votes
We went to see the winter home of Monarch butteflies and we were not dissapointed. Clumps of resting Monarchs hung from limbs and covered tree trunks of the Oyemel trees. They warmed as the sun hit them. For us, this did not happen in a huge burst of thousands of butterflies, There were hundreds at a time, first here, then there and they all floated (towards plants with nectar) like wonderful orange snow flakes. The roped off viewing area was a little glade of wildflowers that attracted the butterflies and many people in our group simply sat on the ground and watch for our alloted time there. We were there on a Tuesday and it was not crowded. If you are a visitor to the high altitude of Mexico, please keep that in mind. The half horse ride/half walk up can be hard if your body can't get enough oxygen. Stopping to catch your breath gives you time to look around at the plants and listen to the birds.. Be sure to carry plenty of water. Also a scarf for your nose and mouth when riding the horses because they kick up a fine, powdery dust. The walk down is steep, so if you are aclimated and a frequent hiker you shouldn't have any trouble. At the exit is a complex of souvenir shops--some selling handmade items. You are not pestered here as you are at El Rosario, but there are very young boys who will offer to wipe the dust from your shoes when you return from your hike. Also a group of restaurants. We ate at Maricela's lots of different quesadillas, guacamole, enchiladas, beans, etc with beer or soft drinks. Everything was tasty. Restrooms in another building, 5 pesos for entry and toilet paper.
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Date of experience: January 2020
MarekD wrote a review Jan 2020
12 contributions3 helpful votes
Two monarch butterflies Sanctuaries visited 29-30 December 2019. Our base to explore monarch butterflies sanctuaries was Zitacuaro, simple Mexican town, located somehow between all four sanctuaries. Our time allows us to visit two out of four places that tourist can go and see butterflies. We decided to visit Sierra Chincua and Cerro Pelon. First location is 1,5 hr. drive from Zitacuaro, north of Angangueo on a very zigzagging and full of potholes road. We arrived early to beat the crowd (around 9.30am). You pay 30 Mxn entrance fee and can hire the guide with or without horse. Hike itself to sanctuary is not dificult and takes around 45 minutes from the parking place. If you opt for a horse, you’d probably ride around 20-25 minutes and then you walk another 20 minutes on you own. Paths are clearly marked. Horse costed 100 Mxn each way (you can hike one way and return on a horse). We paid our guide 200Mxn for his service (walking and staying with us all the way). It was a cold day when we visited Sierra Chincua. And the place is 3300m over sea level which required warm clothing anyway. That cold day butterflies stayed on trees and only when sun shined they opened up their wings and the whole colony changed color from grey to orange. Then some of them left tree branches and flew around us. Although we expected a bit more activity, it was still something absolutely unique. But blame the lack of butterflies’ action on cold weather - that day it was around 0C. The next day we went to Cerro Pelon, in the state of Mexico. And this was totally different and absolutely amazing experience. That day weather was gorgeous. Cerro Pelon Sanctuary is located only 30 minute drive from Zitacuaro. The place called Centro Ecoturistico in village of Macheros has ample parking and is sort of tourist centre, with prices clearly stated, so there is no need for bargaining. A horse ride to the butterfly location costed 200 Mxn, incl. guide. Each horse is led by a guide all the way up and down, so you don’t ride the horse alone. The hike is steep at the end and the horse option helped us climb it rather effortlessly. The location was amazing. It was sunny, warm day and butterflies were in action: on a meadow and in a forest. Absolutely wonderful experience. We saw amazing number of butterflies flying around us. All visitors are asked to keep quit not to disturb the environment which helps to enjoy the moment. There are also birds singing, making the whole scenery out of this world. We stayed there around an hour which was enough to indulge into the whole scenery and enjoy the moment.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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AustralianinMexico wrote a review Mar 2019
14 contributions7 helpful votes
We loved the walk up the hill. A little strenuous, but worth it! The butterflies were all around us. But do some research about the butterflies beforehand, as there is not much information at the site itself. Also, entry is cash only.
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Date of experience: March 2019
ReluctantReviews wrote a review Mar 2019
Vancouver, Canada146 contributions56 helpful votes
We took a private tour from Zihuatanejo with Carlos - tourswithcarlos.com. He usually does a 3 day tour from Zihua but we took 5 to experience many of the other surrounding gems. The butterfly sanctuary was the last and best stop on what was already an amazing journey. We were staying in Morelia so it was a two hour plus drive just to the sanctuary where we picked up a guide (compulsory) then climbed on a couple of horses (250 pp return) for a 2 km ride further up the mountain. This is where you leave the horses and climb the last 1km loop through the top of the sanctuary where the colonies live. What a magical experience - you are to visit in silence, don’t touch nor use flash and the guides are very good at gently reminding those that “forget”. It all helps to keep the magical experience of thousands and thousands, hundreds of thousands butterflies floating in the sky and resting on the trees and drinking in the water. Incredible!! Upon returning to the main entrance again walking to where the horses are and going the final 2km by horse they have an area where you can have lunch and marvel at your experience and what you have seen before your journey back to Morelia. If you are anywhere near Zihuatanejo (we travelled from Acapulco) Carlos is your man to see this amazing spectacle! Not to be missed.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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