We are going to be in Mexico City in early February 2018 and want to get to one of the butterfly reserves, likely El Rosario. One option we are looking at is taking the bus to Zitacuaro, spending the night, then visiting the butterfly the next day, and returning to Mexico City on the bus later in the day.
From an online search, it looks like the two hotels in Zitacuaro that are listed on TA are sold out (Villa Monarca and El Conquistador). Does anyone have any other suggestions?
Also, if we were to stay in Zitacuaro and hired a driver with some English for the day to take us to the reserve, wait for us and return us to the bus station, what kind of price range should we expect?
As other options, we are also considering a single-day trip from Mexico City and meeting a guide in Zitacuaro, or a single-day trip from Morelia to El Rosario, which would be a long day.
Any suggestions are welcome.