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“Go to Cerro Pelon in March”

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

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.

9  Thank JuanyPam
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Reviewed March 11, 2017

Just a wonderful experience to see these butterflies. It was spring on the mountain and in a few days they will be leaving to fly to Texas and have the first egg laying.

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Reviewed February 18, 2017

I traveled with Travelphile Tours and guides. Rode horse up and back. Trail is not improved much but the butterflies were amazing. This is truly butterfly heaven. There is a walking trail also up the mountain and down. Lots of springs and it was spring on the mountain with many blooming wild flowers.

3  Thank worldtrekker114
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Reviewed February 8, 2017

This was truly an outstanding trip. EcoColors Tours did an amazing job. Our driver Alberto did a great job. I cannot say enough good about our guide Clemente! He added things onto the trip. We visited extra museums and toured Mexico City and Valle de Bravo. The first day I was not prepared for the altitude 10,800 feet and had to stop part way on the hike with butterflies there. Before the hike the horse ride was about 30 to 45 minutes. The second day at Capulin Sanctuary, the trip was much more difficult. Much more aggressive climbing up and down the mountain with the horses. The trips up and down, were each two hours. We had some seasoned horse people who agreed that it was not an easy trip. But it was only a short hike up to the butterfly sanctuary once we arrived. Spectacular! Thousands/millions of butterflies. On our free day I asked Clemente if we could go parasailing. Monte Alto, near Valle de Bravo, is the best parasailing in Mexico and one of the top places in the world. He had not organized it before, but he did it for four of us. It was really incredible. Fairly inexpensive - US 80- pp including a selfie stick where they give you a micro SD card with both audio/video and photos. Out flight home was at 8:00 AM which meant Clemente had to pick us up at 4:45 AM and help us through the airport. Highly recommend EcoColors and Clemente!

3  Thank Daniel K
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

Butterfly was in the top of the mountain.
Don't worry, you can use horse to the top, the cose of return ticket was just 150 peso.
It took about 40 minutes to the top. was exciting and beautiful.
There is also some lake nearby that mountain.You can enjoy good lunch.
If you like paragliding activities, you can enjoy near the lake.(1500 peso).

4  Thank TigerL163
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