It seems, based on some websites, that there are buses from Poniente in DF to Zitacuaro direct. If correct, how long is this ride?
The ride to Zitacauro takes 3 hours. You'll need to spend the night there or in Angangeo. Angangeo is very cold at night. I took the bedding from all three beds in my room. The Hotel Don Bruno a little south of town and down hill from town has heating. In the morning you woill have to find someone to take you up to El Rosario. There will probably be others at the Don Bruno and you could save by going together. The ride up is rough. I was in a Chevy Suburban, but others I saw were in the back of pick ups.
The quality of the experience depends on timing and luck. Late February and early March are the best times to go. The drivers wait for there passengers to return. After exiting the small museum in a cabin, a ranger takes a group of around 6 up to the buterflies. It envolves some steep hiking. I did not like the pace of the group and ended up on my own. The butterflies like sunlight, quiet and moisture. I met some people on the trail who were staying at the Don Bruno. They told me that a group had been up the day before and because it was overcast the entire time, they saw few butterflies that weren't dormant (the bottoms of the pine trees branches are full of them, but it just black, because you are looking at the unsides of butterflies.
I lucked out and had a moment that was the highlight of all my travels as thousands of butterflies swirled around me as I stood alone in a small clearling. It was like being in the center of a tornado of butterflies. I was unable to reproduce that moment.
Do you remember what bus line you found DF to Zitacuaro direct?
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