I'm wondering how we can get from Queretaro to Angangueo to see the butterfly reserve. Is there a bus? Or can we take 2 buses?
Zitacuaro, Michoacan is a regional city (population 80,000) near the butterfly reserves with good intercity bus access. There is a small bus company with a counter / office in the Zitacuaro bus station that has regular service to Angangueo. Ocampa and Anagangueo are northeast of Zitacuaro and the Elle Rosario butterfly reserve is southwest.
When I visited the butterflies it was with the intent of spending several days exploring the area. (I don't enjoy bus tours.) We went trail riding (horseback), visited the Purpecha archeological site in Zitacuaro, stopped and viewed one of the hundreds of acres of greenhouses that were cultivating Pointsettas for the US / Canada Christmas market, went to the weekly tianguis (handcrafted glass market) at Tlalpujahua, toured the former gold mine at El Oro, and visited one of the many stone masons plying his craft in the Tlalpujahua area.
An "out of area" bus tour will deposit you at the entrance of one of the butterfly preserves, your group will be escorted to the butterflies by a local guide, you will return to the bus, and leave-- returning the same --very long day, to your hotel.
The information about "tourist" attractions in the area is very sparse. If you are comfortable "exploring" and are not mandated by time constraints -- explore.
Thanks Jim. Where did you stay? Did you take a public bus to get there? We also don't really like tours.
Thanks so much Jim. Where did you stay? Wondering about your base to see all of this.
To view the butterflies and explore the area we have stayed at:
I wrote a review for them in the Zitacuaro, Michoacán TA accommodation site. They have a much more extensive set of reviews to be found at the Valle de Bravo TA site. Same wonderful people but, I thought their proximity to Zitacuaro and the comparative ease of accessing Zitacuaro vs. Valle de Bravo warranted a posting there.
The link below is to the Tlalpujahua website. We stayed at the Hotel Jardin. It is a small, very clean, approx. 10 room hotel situated "downtown" above a hardware store -- near the "downhill" vs. "uphill" of the two cathedrals in town. (It is difficult to find the first time.) After several attempts at trying to communicate (in English) with the hotel, I had a Spanish speaking co-worker make the reservation for me. Great, friendly little town. Market day is especially fun. Only one or two "typical" restaurants in town -- there is a bank and an ATM.
Let me correct myself -- northeast of Zitacuaro are Ocampa & Angangueo (El Rosario) the Cerro Pelon reserve is southwest of Zitacuaro (about 15 min drive) it (Cerro Pelon) abuts and is accessible by trails from several small towns-- Macheros is the town we stayed in.
JimEdited: 6:21 pm, November 21, 2015