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Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Private Tour from Mexico City

Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
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8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 1 more


See the spectacular Monarch butterfly migration that takes place from November to March, when millions of butterflies arrive in central Mexico after the long flight from Canada. Visiting the monarch butterfly sanctuary with a private guide means you’ll spend the day exploring at your own pace, walking or riding a horse through evergreen forests. This monarch butterfly tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in Mexico City, as well as admission to the monarch butterfly sanctuary.
  • Visit a monarch butterfly sanctuary from Mexico City
  • See one of the most spectacular migrations on earth
  • Walk or ride through the forest with a private guide
  • Pickup and drop-off at accommodations in Mexico City
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

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Helen T
, Nov 2018

Great tour to the butterfly sanctuary, a very special thing to see. Very convenient to be able to access the reserve from Mexico City with Viator.

Sue C
, Feb 2018

The butterflies were beautiful. The problem was we were supposed to have an English speaking tour guide, but we had no tour guide for the butterflies. We were put on horses with someone assigned to lead each horse, but no one who spoke English. We were a group who wanted to stay together but got separated. We were not told of the difficulty of this tour. I though we were going to ride horses the entire way. However after a short ride we had to get off the horses and make a very difficult climb up a mountain. Our group was told it was a 20 minute walk from there. We got no further information. We had to climb up a trail that became very steep and difficult. We had no one guiding us. After several minutes of difficult climbing, some of our group had to turn back. Others from our group were quite a ways ahead. Our group got separated. We had no leader. We did not know how far we had to go. We just kept climbing with no guidance. The two who turned back found that the horses were no longer where they were dropped off. It took over an hour to climb up and the descend again. Fortunately, my horse leader came back and found me and helped me back down the mountain. Except for the butterflies, we were very disappointed in this tour.

, Jan 2018

The tour was operated by Trip To Mexico. It was fantastic! Our guide, Beto, communicated with me using What's App the night before our tour, and arrived promptly at 9am to pick us up. He then took us to a bakery that we wanted to try, and waited patiently while we got our morning coffee and snacks to go :

The tour was exactly what we wanted - basically, a personal driver who spoke excellent English and had interesting tips as we were driving through different parts of the city and the country. There were 5 of us, and we fit comfortably into the very clean mini-van. Beto waited while we explored the Sanctuary we did the horses - highly recommended! The horses cost 200 pesos bring cash and don't forget to tip!, which is what having a walking guide cost as well. No matter what, it was our understanding that you have to have a guide to go up the mountain. Drink a lot of water before you go!!! We stopped at a gas station to use the restroom and stocked up on the way.

Beto was thoughtful and responsive - stopping at clean restrooms for us, a street-side food stand we saw, helping us order, etc. He let us listen to our music in the car and was totally an all-around dream.

The butterflies are actually one of the most amazing things I've ever seen - everyone in our group was completely blown away and it was the highlight of our wonderful week-long vacation to CDMX!

Jessica B
, Jan 2018

Loved this tour. Our driver, Norberto, was such a nice guy and knowledgeable about the city. He even helped us with our Spanish. Drive is long so I recommend bringing water and snacks. The hike is tough, but very worth it. And definitely rent horses for the first leg of the hike! Highly recommend!

Peter M
, Jan 2018

We had an overcast day so only a few butterflies were active but still it's quite a sight. We recommend taking the horses. Our driver -- Betto -- was lovely.

Donna E
, Nov 2017

We had a wonderful day visiting the butterflies! Mario and Danielle were wonderful guides with excellent English. The car was immaculate and comfortable. We hired horses to do the beginning of the walk, which I highly recommend and then we walked further up the mountain searching for butterflies. Comfortable sturdy walking shoes definitely a must. We went at the very beginning of the migration so butterflies were high up on the mountain, but an amazing sight, certainly worth the effort. Saw them clustered on the trees and flying in the air. An amazing experience, highly recommend the trip.

Product code: 9483P81

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