So glad we booked this trip while there are still butterflies to see. We booked a private tour thru Viatour which provided a private car and driver to take us from our hotel in Mexico City. I am very happy we did this as the young man drove us into the mountains and transversing the Mexican freeways was not something I wanted to attempt. The guide was charming and personable and he spoke English.
Once we were away from the city, we got to see the glorious countryside and mountains. This also afforded us the opportunity to see the villages and a different side of the the inner workings of Mexico.
When we got to the biosphere, our guide negotiated the horse rentals (highly recommended) and we journeyed up the mountainside by horseback stirring up volcanic dust in our wake. I would advise future travellers to take a bandanna to protect their breathing.
We were on horseback until the path narrowed too much for the horses to go. We then proceeded by foot further. Please note that it is advisable to be in decent shape for this trip.
When we got to a clearing the butterflies they were huddled together for warmth. As the sun came out they started to take flight! It was beautiful. We were there observing for about an hour.
When we came back down the mountain our guide had an ice chest with beer or water. My husband and I shared a toast.
Bring cash for the local gifts which support the village. Also, the this village seems to have intermittent running water and this includes the bathroom for the tourist. It is advisable to have a small bottle of hand sanitizer as conditions are a bit rugged. Oh, and a lesson I learned while traveling in Mexico, carrying a small baggie of personal toliet paper is smart. The people of Mexico were more than gracious host.
Enjoy your trip!
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