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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

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From Mexico City: Valle de Bravo & Paragliding Private Tour

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OVERVIEW<br>Join our private 10h tour from Mexico City to take a breathtaking tandem paragliding flight &amp; explore one of the most beautiful “Magic Towns” in Mexico.<br><br>HIGHLIGHTS<br>Do tandem paragliding &amp; fly over El Peñón – a place famous for hosting international paragliding competitions.<br>Visit &amp; refresh yourself at 35m high Velo de Novia Waterfall.<br>Walk around Valle de Bravo – a ”Magic town” known for its beautiful landscapes, lovely colonial architecture, gastronomy, and local culture.<br>Have a unique flying experience with experienced instructors: suitable for almost all ages, no previous experience required.<br><br>WHY GO WITH US<br>The rest of the tour is spent&#xa0;purely on sightseeing: no visits to souvenir shops &amp; restaurants (unless you ask).<br>An ideal choice for small groups: the price of the tour is fixed &amp; varies just slightly depending on the size of the group.<br>We are flexible: departure time &amp; itinerary can be adjusted while the duration of the tour can be always extended for an extra fee.
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cjblanton wrote a review Mar 2020
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico12 contributions3 helpful votes
The butterflies were all over the highway as we approached the sanctuary and cars drove slowly so as not to harm the little creatures. They were all around us as we rode the horses up the steep hill, and given the steepness and distance, we were very happy to have the horses as an option. After dismounting, we walked up some more on a very narrow path with treacherous footing in some places. When we got to the quiet zone where the butterflies had massed, it was incredible. Tree limbs weighted down with them, and probably millions flying about. Truly a magical experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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amesOregon wrote a review Mar 2020
Oregon16 contributions10 helpful votes
Beautiful and well run sanctuary. Knowledgeable local guides. What an amazing experience! The trail is steep and at high elevation. Keep that in mind. We took the horses, which in and of itself was a fun time, and much less effort than climbing up the whole way. I was assured by our hotel guide the workers there take turns going up with the tourists, and share the profits, so nobody (or horse) is over worked. Bought a beautiful hand woven basket that smells of pine needles from one of the vendors on the grounds. Go visit. You'll be happy you did. Also, we felt very safe, if you have any reservations about that...
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Meike_Ka_9 wrote a review Mar 2020
Zurich, Switzerland132 contributions11 helpful votes
We came with four people early in March (so late in season to see the butterflies). Still it one of the most beautiful and unique experiences we had on our trip. The butterflies in the forest create a special and calm atmosphere. It is very impressive how they come all the way from Canada. How to get there: We rented a car in Mexico City and navigated with google maps. That worked out very well for us. When to come: Whenever you have time during season from December to mid March. Most people will appreciate if it is not rainy. We came on a week day in late season so there were almost no other people around. For the tour they want groups of at least 5 people which should be no problem in high season. We were lucky since we were four people, the people that were already there waited a bit for us to arrive. Costs: 30 pesos for car parking and 80 pesos for park entrance per person. This included the local guide. We tipped her in addition. How much time: It was a 2 1/2 hour ride from Mexico City. Hiking up and down and spending some time at the site took about 2 1/2 hours too.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Fifishols wrote a review Feb 2020
Godalming18 contributions15 helpful votes
Fabulous half day out. Challenging walk uphill and at altitude but it was worth it. We saw all that we had hoped and more. Definitely worth the walk despite it being very busy as it was a Sunday. It was well organised and controlled by the guides.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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stabreim wrote a review Feb 2020
Sheffield62 contributions22 helpful votes
The butterflies arrive late November and leave early March. You could miss out if you arrive at the very beginning or end of that time. I was there January 6, which is 'El Dia de Reyes', the day the Mexicans remember the three kings visiting Jesus in his crib. I happened to see a king standing by the roadside and might have been startled had I not known. If the weather is warm and sunny, as it was when I visited, you will see some thousands of butterflies airborne. You may not be able to go right up to the trees where millions are roosting but you get within about ten or twenty yards. The trip from the car park to the top of the hill takes you from just under 9,000 feet to almost 10,500 feet. I am 72 and weigh about forty pounds more than I should, at 220 pounds. It would not be fair to inflict my weight on a horse so I walked. Most of the horses looked rather small. As others say, the last two or three hundred feet of the climb has to be on foot. For a fit young acclimatised person it would be no big deal. For me it was right on the limit of my capabilities, especially as I had arrived from England the day before. It was a genuine lifetime experience and was worth pushing myself to the limit. But if you can, get some time to acclimatise. I was with a tour guide from Llama travel as part of a package so I can't speak to the normal prices and arrangements. Can't attach photo as only shot videos. There is at least one link to a site which encourages you to take along a professional photographer - at a price. This is worth considering. He will likely have a better camera than you, and will probably be prepared to spend a lot of time at the top. And you will not have to carry a big heavy camera on a tiring trip.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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