Since our return a week ago, I have had a hard time writing this review because my husband and I can’t seem to describe how amazing this trip was.
Going to the reserves for the Monarch Butterflies was indescribable and January was a great time to go – no crowds at either of the reserves. The hikes were both about 3 miles uphill going in at a higher altitude than where we are from so was a bit of work but worth every step – just took lots of breaks! Another reason it was so nice to not have the crowds there. It was so peaceful sitting there watching the currents of butterflies swirl all around us as the sun warmed them and they took to flight.
Our hotel, Plaza Don Gabino more than lived up to the positive comments from prior visitors – it was a very picturesque, rustic, quaint, very clean and the service and food were wonderful. We did ask for the suite that had the fireplace and so after dinner, while having dessert the fire would be started so that we came back to a warm, inviting fire in our rooms to read by and plan the next day.
With all the negative press Mexico has been getting, we felt completely safe everywhere we were taken and I can’t stress this enough.
Honestly, we can’t say enough about our guide, Mario Bernal Martinez – if you are planning this trip – he is a must! His tour included pick up and drop off at the airport in Mexico City (This was worth every penny! No stress, no hassle, no changing buses!), transportation to and from there to the town of Angangueo, visit to the two closest of the three main reserves (your tour can be tailored depending on how many days you have), trip to the archeological ruins of San Felipe and a visit to a former mining town Tlalpujahua (do NOT miss the museum here), as well as visit to several churches that were amazing. Mario’s knowledge of the area and the history made it all come alive and this trip has given us at least 4 more places we want to come back and tour in neighboring areas.
Climate change in different areas would be easiest with layered clothing that you can take off as it gets warmer.
So as I sit here planning our next excursion to Mexico, listening to local music on a cd we were given as a departing gift, I would encourage anyone wanting a great experience to take the plunge!
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