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“Monarch butterflies”

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
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Private Tour to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary from Mexico City
Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's a must!!
If you want to see a wonderful spectacle don't miss this sanctuary of the monarch butterflies in Mexico.
Go to a beautiful town that's call Valle de bravo, stay in one of the hotels in town, have diner at la taberna de leon and drive the next day early in the morning to the sanctuary of the monarch butterflies, about 30 min. from the town of valle (on the road from valle de bravo to temascaltepec with beautiful views of the Nevado de Toluca)
Walk or ride a horse to the sanctuary and wait for the sun to shine on the trees and all of sudden you will see how the butterflies open their wings and the sky will turn orange, it's breathtaking!!!
The guides are great and they know all about their migration and their lives.
Don't miss it

14  Thank Tam Z
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Very interesting. We really enjoyed the interactive nature of the biosphere and learned a lot about our environment.

2  Thank egyptianlilly
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Amazing experience !!!

We went to the tourism office in Morelia (what a beautiful city) and there they can arrange you a trip to the biosphere. The guide was very very good. The trip is a bit long but the landscapes are beautiful.

The 45 minutes of hiking is not so hard but the site is so in high altitude that we must take our time.

But when you see the first Monarchs... wow. It is one of those thing you have to see one in a lifetime.

A must see trip.

8  Thank Ghistos
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

One of the most amazing things you will ever see. But unlike another review, I would go when it is somewhat cloudy, with good chance of sunshine later. When it is cloudy, the butterflies cling to each other on the trees-they look like bee hives. When the sun comes out, every one of these beautiful creatures flee from the trees, blocking the sun. THAT was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Be aware. The trip to the butterfly area is a 45 minute"hike" up rough terrain-steep, rocky, and muddy even when dry. The horses that go up and down kick up massive amounts of dirt. As such, bring a face mask to keep the dirt and dust out of your nose and mouth; bring some kind of walking stick/ski pole for climbing-down more than up; don't wear white! and plan on possibly throwing away your socks! Or having a big laundry bill! Bring wet wipes of sorts, and change for the. Little children who will wipe off your shoes and pant legs when you come back down. Water is always a good thing to have with you-there are rest rooms at the base of the hill for a small fee. From what we heard, the best time to go is between December and February. Don't miss it. It is magical, spiritual (you may even have to sit down and just watch after taking pictures) breathtaking.

22  Thank Lovetotravel2618
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

Get ready for some hiking! We hiked for about 45 minutes before we got to the actual location where the monarch butterflies clustered together on trees! It was an amazing thing to see and experience! As you enter the park, you are expected to pay an entrance fee. Then you drive a short mile, to get to the second entrance, which you will pay again. Bring some extra coins for tips and bathroom fees (in case you need to go to one). At the second entrance, you will be assigned a tour guide. I am not sure if you have a choice not to have one. Ours was a nine year old girl who only speaks Spanish. Thankfully I was with Spanish speaking people. You can ride a horse instead of walking if you want, but there's an extra fee for that. We walked for about 45 minutes before we got to see the butterflies. Once you are back from your hike, you can go to an area where they have small shops for souvenirs and restaurants. Try to see the attraction if you are around the area!

7  Thank ChasingSunset
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