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Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary

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Wonderful day viewing the clusters. Be prepared it's very cold! We loved riding the horses up the mountain. The guides are friendly and excellent at finding the best areas.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Ajijic, Mexico

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Ajijic, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful day viewing the clusters. Be prepared it's very cold! We loved riding the horses up the mountain. The guides are friendly and excellent at finding the best areas.

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Bucks County, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Chincua in addition to El Rosario Sanctuary as part of our Natural Habitats tour. Getting to the butterflies also involved a horse ride up the mountain and then a hike, but just as in El Rosario, it was all worth it. To experience the volume of Monarchs in their natural habitat over-wintering in the Oyamel trees was magnificent.... More 

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Vacaville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Millions of butterflies everywhere. AWESOME! Well worth the trip. However, the horse guides did not appear to care for the horses. They held onto their tails to get up inclines. They neither watered nor brushed the animals. When I asked for my "horse guide" to water my horse and the others, he just laughed. The rangers do not watch people... More 

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My whole reason for traveling to Mexico on this trip was to see the butterflies and I was not disappointed. The Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary was amazing. We rode the horses both ways and really appreciated how much these local men love their animals. Paying for a ride and entry supports the local economy and provides an alternative to cutting... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the hike up to the clearing was very nice. the horses and hikers are on 2 separate paths. there was a great lookout spot on the way up. i went with a tour on a monday. it was quiet and peaceful until we got to the actual viewing area. unfortunately there was a film crew bossing visitors around and blocking... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

The hike here is the less strenuous of the two monarch sites around Angangueo. About 3.5 km uphill with places to rest. Horses are also available to take you up, down or both ways. There are a string of small restaurants at the base (with identical menus). The site can be very busy on weekends with people coming from the... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2017

We traveled from San Miguel de Allende (3 1/2 hours each way) with BajioGo to see the monarchs wintering at Sierra Chincua. While this made for a long day, it was totally worth it. Although most of our group rode horses to the top (100 pesos, no riding experience needed) as we were not used to the altitude, the walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Don Bruno hotel in Angangueo and arranged for a guide to take us there cost 650 pesos. The drive was 20 minutes through hilly wooded countryside to Sierra Chincua. There was an entrance fee of 45 pesos each, then we walked a short distance to a meadow with horses and gauchos. We mounted our horses and rode... More 

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Queretaro, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

We visited the reserve on 20/11/16 at around 1pm. Perfect timing since the sun had come out and it was warm so the monarchs were flying high above us throughout our hike to their wintering spot. To see the monarchs flying its best to arrive in the early afternoon as the temperature is warmer and the butterflies more likely to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2016

Like the others had said great place to visit . we went from Mexico city 3 1/2 hour bus ride. The bus drops you at the base of the mountain , you walk about 3/4 of a mile. I'm 53 a little over weight and it wasn't a problem nice exercise . don't be fooled you get roped in as... More 

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