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Address: Cerro Prieto, Mexico

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Truly Eye-opening

The El Rosario Monarch Butterfly reserve is truly an eye-opening natural classroom for human to respect. Thousands of Monarch butterflies fly, drink, mate and die/sleep in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
hong kong

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hong kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

The El Rosario Monarch Butterfly reserve is truly an eye-opening natural classroom for human to respect. Thousands of Monarch butterflies fly, drink, mate and die/sleep in the reserve before the females move on to lay eggs in Canada. We humans have to respect their life cycle and their path. It is spectacular to see them living in hundreds in the... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We visited these two locations on consecutive days, both of which were sunny, so the butterflies were in the air as well as on the trees. We have to disagree with the Lonely Planet guide on this one but perhaps we were just lucky. We visited the Sierra Chincua reserve on a midweek afternoon in early February. Two small parties... More 

4 Thank Jeffrey W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

I visited Cerro Pelon reserve which I hear is the least accessible site to see the butterflies from and also the place you can see them the closest. You are required to have a guide go with you which you can hire at the gate. I don't speak Spanish well but it seemed like each person needed a guide (not... More 

6 Thank cheryl p
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

It was a nice place, very butter-tiful. The employees were all very nice. It is quite a bit of walking but worth it! The horses were all nice as well.

Thank Wendy N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

One of the most magical places to visit. The butterflies are everywhere! We went on a sunny day in mid-February (the peak season), and we were amazed at how many there were!

2 Thank Nancy G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

Even after viewing the Nova program on the Monarch Butterfly Reserve viewing it in person was beyond my expectations. Our guide said that it is estimated 150 million butterflies overwinter in this one reserve. I estimate I saw 50 million on my visit. The tree trunks were covered and tree branches were drooping with masses of Monarchs plus they were... More 

1 Thank John E
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

We took a day trip tour from Morelia and our guide, Alfredo, took us to Sierra Chincua reserve. It was about 45 min walk from the parking lot. It was nice and sunny day, so littellary millions of monarch flying around. It was amazing experience.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016 via mobile

The place is nice but one should not go if the weather is cloudy. The butterflies flutter only when there is a sun, otherwise sleeping. Its an ongoing amazing journey of butterflies which comes from north to mexico city and returns!!!!! Overall it was a nice experience.

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This site is about 2 hours out of Mexico City by car. Upon reaching the preserve we rented horses (which are tethered) and rode about an hour up the hill and then walked another 30 minutes or so until we came to the butterflies. We were at an altitude of over 13000 feet so the horses helped with the altitude.... More 

9 Thank awm1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Out of the three places one can go to to see the monarch butterflies , we selected the one close to Zitacuaro ( Cerro El Pelon /in Capulin municipio ) because we read this was the last open and less visited place , which also means it is the less equipped place and probably the most challenging one ( physically)... More 

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