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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

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A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.
Valle de Bravo, Mexico
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This Sanctuary is a little bid hidden near Valle de Bravo. There is an entrance fee of 70 pesos. You have to walk up into the forrest for about 1 hour or you can take a horse for 250 pesos. Its quite sweaty to walk...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Zwillingsseele
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We experienced some problems due to the different info we got online: we read that the closing time is 17h but when we got there on Friday at 3:20 there were no tours offered except for the one with a horse which again on site...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Jelena942
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is about a 60 min. trek up the mountain. But from Nov. - Mar. you can see many many Monarch butterflies. There is food at the base of the mountain to eat after you come down. Well worth it. Bring a sweater, it gets...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Denis M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place!!! I recommend taking advantage of the horses to reach the top, you'll be glad you did!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kellydelmundo
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

So there you have it. Like climbing up 70 flights of stairs and walking 10,200 steps. Exhausting. But totally worth it. If you’re not sure take the ponies. I’m totally wiped out. But do go. May be the last decade we’ll get to see them...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank joannakM1129ED
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

This place is call a sanctuary for the Monarch butterflies, that fly all the way from South Canada, and Northern US to avoid the very cold winter. From November to March they stay at this place in Mexico. There are three sanctuaries in Mexico and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Mauricio Z
Reviewed March 19, 2018

If you're into nature and wildlife, and in or near Mexico City or Toluca in February, a visit to see the Monarch butterflies at Piedra Herrada is a unique experience. The butterflies swarm in their millions, having migrated from Canada to their breeding grounds in...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank JimnHilary
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

The earlier you go there the better. At around 9 the butterflies react on the sun and start to fly. The hike is cca 3,5 km and takes approx 1,5 - 2 hours. I wouldn’t go there with children below 5 years. The hike is...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank igorko1976
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

If coming by taxi make sure you arrange for them to wait while you visit the site as you can’t arrange a taxi while you’re there. It cost us 550 pesos for 4 adults to take a taxi there and back from Valle centre and...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank Logan1939
Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

Easy to arrive to the sanctuary, cheap to enter. You can rent a horse or walk all the path which is of 2 to 2.5km, depending the parts of the road. Path is kind of heavy since it is all the way up but worth...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank raulc317
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Karen F
June 15, 2018|
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Response from igorko1976 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Karen, try to go to Catemaco in the state of Veracruz. People going there for the Bruja (witches) that makes the Limpieza (cleaning) of your spiritual body.
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Rosa I
April 4, 2018|
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From November to February, it depends on the weather of the day you're going to. Regards!
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London, United Kingdom
What to do? (2 Replies)
What are the top things to do or places to eat or things not to miss in Valle? When are the butterflies in Piedra Herrada Sanctuary? Thanks!!
February 19, 2008|
Response fromSteveMex|
You can go on a boat trip on the lake and there are also two restaurants that jut out onto the lake that are quite nice (well, the one we ate in was). The zócalo is pleasant enough but Valle de Bravo is not a massive place. I think I'd get bored there after more than 2-3 days.
Aarhus, Denmark
Tour to the butterfly sanctuary (9 Replies)
Is there any tour from mexico city to one of these butterfly sanctuaries? I want to do one this weekend. If not possible, are there public transportations? I know there are buses to Angangueo. But it seems that the transportation time is somewhat long. Are there transportations to closer places such as the Piedra Herrada Sanctuary?
January 14, 2015|
Response fromtravelinhobo_10|
There's no public tours. Which is sad because for tourists, it's then impossible to go and come back in one day. At some point, the MX Tourism dept. will figure this out (even tho I've already sent them word), but that'll take years.