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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

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A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.
Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Pass the first two places that advertise the Monarch butterflies, these are private companies run by locals. Turn left into the the third place, this is the official gov location. You can go private, but by buying a park pass, you support the upkeep and...More

10  Thank kate S
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

I really wanted to visit this place, but it´s physically demanding. (2 hours of tough hike that requires a very good shape or a tough horseback ride too (I did the horseback ride and all my body was contracture for 2 days!) At the end...More

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Reviewed 19 March 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

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Reviewed 4 March 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

Thank igorko1976
Reviewed 3 March 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

2  Thank Logan1939
Reviewed 19 February 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

Thank Raul C
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Prepare to take a steep horseback/hiking adventure. The butterflies make it all worthwhile, and the colony of monarchs is facing extinction. Go while you can.

1  Thank Susie M
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Our accommodation host booked us a cab from Valle De Bravo...550 pesos return (he waited for us in the car park). We opted to walk up, and I did wonder if this was a mistake because the first 10-15 minutes was steep on a hard...More

5  Thank Janet A
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

The butterfly love the sun. If you go to search them, go on a sunny day. Otherwise they not fly as expected. If there are some clouds the hang togheter on a tree like in the picture.

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

I was planning for this for like 10 years, while I was in US. I was so excited to come to this place, but when I saw I was utterly shattered. May be my expectation from this place was more than what I really saw...More

5  Thank SaadTowheed
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

I'll divide my review in two parts: about infrastructure and about personal experience. About infrastructure I've to say that this is a very well organized sanctuary; for those who arrive from Valle de bravo be aware that there are two entrances improvised but the legal...More

1  Thank 773fernandod
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

One the most amazing things I've ever seen. Note that walking up is about an hour of steep ascent in a good pace. The guide was in a hurry to get back to I paid him another 200 pesos to let me take the time...More

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Karen F
15 June 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
4 April 2018|
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Response from 773fernandod | Reviewed this property |
From November to February, it depends on the weather of the day you're going to. Regards!
Marilia G
24 March 2018|
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Response from Susie M | Reviewed this property |
Small dogs were there but the owners were carrying them. I don't think it's a good idea because it is a very steep mountain trail which you either hike or go horseback. In my opinion, too long and steep to take a dog.