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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary
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Owner description: A sanctuary for viewing Monarch Butterflies in central Mexico.
Orange, France
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013

This is a forrest where the Monarch Butterflies come during the Canadian winter. The place is quite "roots", you can pay for a horse if you can't walk easily. Unfortunately, there are less and less butterflies each new coming year ...

Visited February 2013
2 Thank SBL13
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Stuttgart, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“What a spectacular place”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

Walk or take a horse - we walked and it took us 1,5 hours - the longest 30 min of my life - that was the promise or our tour guide. But once you are up, you experience the most beautiful and breathtaking nests of the famous monarch butterflies with thousands of butterflies in the forest. Never seen something like this before. It is really worth the experience ! By the way, the way down was only 30 min - as promised

Visited January 2013
3 Thank MexicoViva
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Half Moon Bay, California
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Amazing memorable experience!”
Reviewed 13 March 2013

Seeing the monarch butterflies is a mystical, overwhelming experience. It's not that hard a hike and it is well worth the effort.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank blkdye
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Mexico City, Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A fun afternoon”
Reviewed 13 March 2013

We went to Piedra Herrada, knowing that it was late in the season to see butterflies, but we were happy to see that quite a few were still there. Not too many were flying around, as it was very late afternoon, and Monarchs don't fly when the weather dips to 55 degrees. But we were still able to see a few and many clustered up in the trees. We chose to take horses, as we wanted to be able to get up there and back before they closed around 5pm. Entrance costs 50 pesos, and you can walk up the mountain, if you want, but wear good walking shoes, particularly since it is very dusty, with loose soil on the trail. The horseback trip costs 150 pesos for each horse, and we left a 50 peso tip for each guide, as it was an arduous and dusty walk for them to lead us, and they have to work hard to make a living. Local farmers from the village nearby own the horses and don't have a very long season at the preserve, so need to find other ways to make a living as well. The lucky ones own more than one horse, so they can rotate them. The trip up is steep, so hopefully most of the horses are rotated. The guides speak very little English but are so helpful and kind that English really isn't necessary for those who don't speak Spanish. (Some speak Nahuatl as their native language, as well.) The optimum time to see the butterflies is in January, if you get the chance. According to the locals, when the Monarchs are flying through in big "clouds," traffic is stopped on the highway to let them go by safely. NOTE: If you are taking the bus up from Mexico City, take the Los Saucos bus and ask the driver to let you off at Piedra Herrada. Leaving the preserve, walk out to the road around 10 min. before the hour to flag down a bus to Valle de Bravo. I am not sure what time the bus goes back to Toluca or Mexico City, but just ask the people at the preserve. The driver we had was wonderful and saw us in the parking lot waving to him from afar, as we were late. He patiently waited for us to go up the driveway and onto the bus. (You can purchase your ticket in cash from the driver.)

Visited March 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2013

Steep climb (about 45 min hiking) but well worth it! The sheer number of butterlys in amazing. 100 pesos for 2 people including local guide. You can also hire a horse to take you up the hill. We visited 12-2 in January, warm weather/sun made the butterflys more active. We hired a taxi from Valle de Bravo for 4 hr to take us to Piedra Herrada, wait and then return for $10/hr.

Visited January 2013
5 Thank HojasRojas
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