La Reserva de la Biosfera Mariposa Monarca

La Reserva de la Biosfera Mariposa Monarca

La Reserva de la Biosfera Mariposa Monarca
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Eduardo T
Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
It is a natural place to watch, learn and enjoy the view of millions Monarch butterflies on its warm refugee within the mexican mountains. It is a unique experience.
Will Need to be prepared to clim the mountain for about an hour.
Written 6 June 2023
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ChicagoTeacher333
Chicago, IL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Wow! This was an unbelievable experience. It was not an easy journey! We traveled by car for 5 hours from Las maravillas. Michoacan to la Biosfera. When we got there we had to walk up the mountain through all of the souvenir vendors and food vendors to get to the ticket gate. The tickets were 50 pesos for kids and 80 pesos for adults. Then you start the climb. It was a good hour of walking up the mountain. I was out of breath. I'm 50 and my mom is 74 we did walk up and took lots of breaks. When we finally got to the top it was another 5 to 10 minutes to walk to the corner of the forest where you can see the butterfly nests in the trees. It was a spectacular sight to see.
Written 27 December 2022
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HotelAguaBlanca
Jungapeo, Mexico1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Amazing spiritual experience. Always depends on the weather, butterflies may be active and flying or all gathered together in the trees. Either way: amazing!
It is at a high altitude and about a 40 min. hike, very difficult. We recommend taking the horses on the way up.
Many tours make this a day trip from the cities (expect at least 7 hours driving). We recommend staying at a lower altitude at a place called Hotel Agua Blanca, natural hot springs.
Written 5 July 2019
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Bianca
Sioux City, IA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
My family and I went to the reserve during our time in Mexico. To start off, it’s a very uphill hike that switches directions as you’re walking higher and higher up the mountain. The guide (teenager) told us it usually takes about 45 mins to get to the plateau where the milkweed bushes are. I will be very honest, it was a hard hike, not only because of the terrain (fairly well kept) but the altitude. We were up to 10k feet at the very entrance of the reserve. We were trying to keep a pretty good pace with the guide with multiple (3-4 breaks at about 1 min each) breaks. It took us about 25 mins to get to the top but not without wearing us out. There are times that it was very tough to breathe so I encourage you to take it slow especially if you have a heart condition. Yes, they have horses to help you up but we wanted to experience the hike up. The guide told us we were a little late on visiting since the butterflies had left a couple weeks before but even this late I. March there were still plenty to see. It took us another 5 mins to get to the final stop where the trail leads you to the pines with the most monarchs. We started to see butterflies in the ground and as we got closer the butterflies started to completely cover the ground/plants. As explained by he guide. This was the place where the butterflies whose “cycle is ending” come to die. It was a majestic bittersweet sight since you could handle the monarchs as they were “coming to their end”. I would say this was quite a wonderful experience. We are going to make it a point to go back during peak season (Jan-February).
Written 11 May 2018
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Alfredo Tour Guide
Morelia, Mexico360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
This winter time 2015-2016 shows a record number of insects compared to last year, which can be “a good signal to recover” from the minimum numbers shown two years ago, the World Wildlife Found (WWF) informed today.
This butterfly, well known by the black & orange colored wings, migrates from Canada and North USA to México in the fall, where this winter time, 9 colonies were detected in the wooden areas of the State of México & Michoacán.
This year they were found in 8 acre pine trees area, a lot more to the 1 acre that was registered in 2013-2014 season; which was the lowest area ever registered in the last two decades, as WWF´s speaker said.
The less number of milkweed that the Monarchs can find to feed on the journey; the use of toxic pesticides to the milkweed used in the United States; next to deforestation in México and global warmth are threat conditions that will cause the Monarchs to miss the way as they migrate or die as they fly North.
To stop this, the WWF director in Mexico, Omar Vidal, said that is necessary to "restrict the use of herbicides" that actually kill the milkweed and “cultivate the milkweed to restore the habitat lost in the last decades" in the US territory.
The largest colony among all sites of hibernation this year was found at El Rosario, Michoacán, where the monarchs were extended in the 3 acre area. On the other side, the smallest colony this winter was 0.2 acres found at Cerro Pelon, in the State of Mexico.
Finally, this year is the first time from 2011 that monarchs were found in every one of the natural reserves of the Monarch Butterfly and outside the known areas too!
Written 25 April 2018
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nanatravels2
Phoenix, AZ506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
I went with a group of seniors. We hadn't realized that it was either a fairly steep minimum 40 min. hike or a horseback ride. We chose the latter, which is easy going up but more difficult descending. One member had to stay behind. There isn't much in the visitor center -- just a short film & not even an official gift shop, although there are plenty of vendors outside the gate.

I was a bit disappointed, overall. The butterflies don't really come out until the sun shines on them. It can be a bit chilly waiting.
Written 15 March 2017
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richar1aucklandnz
auckland n z70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
3000 metres above sea level so I suggest from the start you take a horse 3 km up you have to be pretty fit to do it if you decide to walk dusty so take a mask Best time to go would be the end of January A great adventure and we thoroughly enjoy it at the age of 68 we stayed overnight and did another one another one the following day
Written 7 March 2017
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JeanJeanJean35
Sarlat-la-Canéda, France106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
The reserve is 3 or 4 hours' drive from Mexico City: we travelled the day before and stayed in a hotel about an hour away.
We arrived at about 11:30am. It was very chilly so I'd advise you to take a warm sweater. You can either walk to the butterflies, which is uphill for 3 kilometres or you can go on horseback. The walk is beautiful although very dusty: our legs & feet were filthy.
Once you reach the butterflies, the area is cordoned off. There are hundreds of thousands of butterflies, clustered in the trees and flying about. As it gets warmer they start to wake up so by about 13:00 the air is just filled with them.
It's an extraordinary experience. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Written 4 March 2017
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ontariofem
Port Elgin, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We went to Ciera Chincua, a beautiful pine forest. Every thing was enjoyable, riding the horses up, seeing the Monarchs , taking a trail down and stopping at the lookout to a stunning view of the valley, eating lunch at one of the stalls at the entrance. Truly amazing.
Written 18 February 2017
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ojiwankenobi
Portland, OR51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
My wife had always wanted to witness the winter gathering of Mariposa butterflies in México. Our friends drove us from México City, through the Toluca Valley during stubble-burning season and up into the mountains where the butterflies winter. Air pollution from the burning fields was deadly, but air in the mountains where live the butterflies was a relief!

Understand before you make the climb from the parking lot up to the main butterfly concentration that the altitude is high - around 3,000m according to the gov't website. Individuals who just flew in from lowlands need to go slow and easy!

Dress in layers. We alternated between being chilly in the shade to toasty in the sun during rest stops. Stay hydrated. Have respiratory issues? Check air quality in the Toluca valley before you drive through it.

I made the mistake of eating a large brunch at one of the restaurants near the main parking lot. DELICIOUS food, but it would have been smarter to eat AFTER the exertion ;-)

Wikipedia has an excellent entry for "Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve."

Bottom Line: We quite enjoyed the daytrip; my wife considers it a "dream come true! We would go again. We recommend the experience.

ps. In case I am unable to review "Cocina Agostina" in the Food section of TA, let me recommend it to you here. It was the best meal we had for this entire trip!
Written 17 April 2016
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LA RESERVA DE LA BIOSFERA MARIPOSA MONARCA: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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