Reserva de la Biosfera Santuario Mariposa

Overview

Claim

Reserva de la Biosfera Santuario Mariposa

Every year, millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) perform annual migrations across North America from southern Canada to overwintering sites in central Mexico. This 3,000 mile migration is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. The butterflies begin their journey in September/October and arrive in Mexico around November, with their peak populations in the 200 square mile Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in February.

There are a few different locations within two states to visit the monarchs in their Mexico location:
1) Estado de Mexico
– Piedra Herrada
– Cerro Pelon sanctuaries
2) Michoacan
– El Rosario Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca
– Sierry Chincua Santuario de la Maripos Monarca


    • This place is good for

    • Little kids
      (2-5)
      0%
    • Grade schoolers
      (6-9)
      0%
    • Tweens
      (10-13)
      0%
    • Teens
      (14-18)
      0%
    • Everyone
      (0-100)
      100%
    • Children with
      special needs
      0%
    • Recommended length

    • Up to 1 hour
      0%
    • 1-3 hours
      0%
    • Half a day
      0%
    • Full day
      100%
    • A day is not enough
      0%
    • Price

    • Free
      0%
    • $
      100%
    • $$
      0%
    • $$$
      0%

      Features confirmed by parents

      • Access by public transportation
      • Parking on-site
      • Restrooms

Reviews (1)

We’re sorry, but parents haven’t shared any photos or videos from this place yet.

  • User avatar

    Brinavet

    Mexico, Mexico City

    7, 6

    Spectacular natural phenomena not to be missed.

    Reviewed 08 February 2018

    You can visit these locations as a day trip to Mexico City or Morelia, or you can stay in the village of Angangueo. Alternatively, making a weekend of the adventure and staying in the wonderful city of Valle de Bravo is my preferred method of experiencing the butterflies. The butterfly reserves are open daily from mid-November through March from 9am-6pm, but February is the best time to visit as the monarch concentrations are highest at this time. The butterflies weigh down the trees prior to the sun reaching them and this is worth seeing for yourself. However, they won’t take flight until the sun hits them and millions of butterflies flying around you is also a magical experience that should not be missed. In February, the sun begins to hit the butterflies around 11am or so, so try to plan your trip to arrive to the top around 10:00-10:30 am, if possible, and be sure to stay long enough to see the butterflies take flight.  This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.

    Tips

    Do not expect the journey to the top to be easy; each reserve has a steep journey to get to the congregation of butterflies. You can hike the trails, but they are very dusty and it can make it difficult to breathe. Alternatively, you can rent a horse to take you up and down. This keeps you a bit above the dust and lessons the difficulty a bit. Be sure to wear a mask to help reduce dust inhalation. Bring plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes, and dress in layers as the temperature can get quite chilly with the elevation. Most importantly, bring your sense of adventure and your cameras!

    Insider tips

    • Do not expect the journey to the top to be easy; each reserve has a steep journey to get to the congregation of butterflies. You can hike the trails, but they are very dusty and it can make it difficult to breathe. Alternatively, you can rent a horse to take you up and down. This keeps you a bit above the dust and lessons the difficulty a bit. Be sure to wear a mask to help reduce dust inhalation. Bring plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes, and dress in layers as the temperature can get quite chilly with the elevation. Most importantly, bring your sense of adventure and your cameras!

    Practical info

    Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca, Michoacán, Mexico
    Michoacán, Mexico

    Q&A

    • Login to ask a question