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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

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Address: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
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A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.

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$1,495*
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7-Day Tour from Mexico City: Monarch Butterfly Migration Experience

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Incredible sight, do self-guided tour, rent a horse going up, scarf/bandanna against dust

Pass the first two places that advertise the Monarch butterflies, these are private companies run by locals. Turn left into the the third place, this is the official gov location... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2016
kate S
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Washington DC, District of Columbia

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Pass the first two places that advertise the Monarch butterflies, these are private companies run by locals. Turn left into the the third place, this is the official gov location. You can go private, but by buying a park pass, you support the upkeep and maintenance of the park. I paid for a horse on the way up and hiked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

If you want to take a relax and peaceful vacation need to go there. The hotel is really amazing. Everything there is beautiful. The food is delicious. The Spa is wonderful. The people always are happy!. I enjoyed a lot when I was there. They have an amazing pool area. The most incredible thing was the quartz mountain. The hotel... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

I was lucky to be able to take a one day tour from Mexico City to the reserve as there is only 2 tours in the month of March. I believe this reserve is well maintained. Also there are lots of horses there to take tourists going up the hill. The cost is very reasonable with 200 pesos return. I... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We were fortunate to have a beautiful to see the butterflies, sunny and warm so they were in flight, but I also think a cooler cloudy day when they're perched on the trees would have been glorious in its own way - enjoy what you get, weather wise. My son had never been on a horse so we chose to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

It takes about 1 1/2 hours to get there. There is only one toll to pay (74 pesos each way) and the entrance is only 50 pesos adult and 35 pesos children. To go up the hill, you can walk (it's a steep hill that could take 1 hour or more) or you could hire horses and guides (200 pesos... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

We were thwarted by bad weather in our attempt to see the monarchs near zitacuaro and angangueo in early March. On March 6, 2 days before our return trip to the US the weather situation improved and we hired a guide/driver to Piedra Herrada, and so happy we did. The monarchs were flying and abundant. The reserve was pretty crowded,... More 

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

I have visited several times. The phenomenon has ranged from breathtaking to underwhelming, depending on the conditions. In season, when the sun is out and the butterflies are flying, it is unbelievable. Our most recent trip was great although the butterflies were further from the road than other years. We had to walk an hour and a half each way... More 

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Windermere, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

I took a private tour to the Piedra Herrada Butterfly Sanctuary. I did this as a day trip from Mexico City. It is about a 2 hr. drive from Mexico City. We stopped and ate at a roadside cafe along the way there and back to break up the long drive. When we arrived at the sanctuary there were many... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I did the walk up to the top to see the butterflies. Despite other reviews, we found that the walk was quite possible and you don't need to ride a horse. I think they tell the tourists that the walk is two hours long so they pay for the horse. Also, you don't actually "ride" the horse... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

I went with a tourism agency because I don't have car and I didn't know how to reach by public transportation, the tour costed $400 MXN and we visited the Monarch Butterflies Sanctuary, Velo de Novia waterfall and Valle de Bravo. The sanctuary was pretty awesome, it is open from November to March, at the beginning you will find small... More 

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