We learned that the monarchs travel to 3 or 4 different places while wintering in Michoacan. The last place that they gather before heading to Texas is on Cerro Pelon in March. They start their journey north to Texas in mid-March. Cerro Pelon area is accessible from the village of Macheros in the State of Mexico, about 30 minutes by taxi from Zitacuaro. JM Butterfly B & B lead our tour. It was $75/person and lasted about 4 hrs. The owners, Elena and Joel are very knowledgeable and well-educated. Elena is an American who has a Phd in Cultural Anthropology. I think that Elena and Joel could have done a better job/gone into more detail about learning more about the Monarchs, the area, including the culture of the area. Otherwise, their service was excellent . They were sensitive to the groups needs. They prepared a wonderful lunch for all to eat on the trail. There are other guides who provide the same service for less cost, but I do not know the names of the companies. If you go to see the monarchs, choose locations less touristy than El Rosario. Check out jmbutterflybnb.com/ for descriptions of the different locations to view the butterflies in the Biosphere Reserve.
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