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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more


Experience Mexico’s spectacular Monarch butterfly migration on a convenient full-day trip from Mexico City.  Escape the city with a memorable visit to the Monarch sanctuary, where these colorful butterflies spend their winters after traveling over 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) from the United States and Canada. This hassle-free outing includes hotel pickup and drop off, lunch, and a visit to the pueblo magico—or Magical Town—of El Oro.
  • Witness the Monarch butterfly migration on a day trip from Mexico City
  • Escape the city and enjoy a day of hiking among colorful butterflies
  • Save time and enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop off
  • Visit the former mining town of El Oro and eat a Mexican lunch


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Dec 2018

We booked this tour in early February 2018 as an open tour but we were the only people on it so it was essentially a private tour. Picked up right on time at our central hotel by driver Alonso and Translator Melissa in a sedan. Melissa spoke excellent English - it was her first day on the job. Its a 3 hour drive to get to Sierra Chincua. Seeing the butterflies was absolutely magical - the sun came out and there were literally millions of them fluttering all about us. If you are quiet you can hear the sound of their wings. You have to have a local guide with you when you trek up to the butterflies - its a way of helping locals be employed which I can appreciate its a poor area of Mexico and you also dont want tourists running rampant in the National Park. Although he did not speak English, Melissa translated and we learned a lot about their life cycle. Our advice is to take the horses when offered - these mountains are very high in elevation and you will definitely feel it. Although the horses only take you so far, it covers the steepest part. Its quite cheap at only 200 pesos plus a tip. Its only about a mile from where the horses stop of reasonably level path to the butterflies. After around an hour with the butterflies, lunch was provided in the little village at the start of the trail - cooked while you wait. Very fresh and delicious with blue corn tortillas made in front of you. After this a visit to El Oro, one of Mexicos 111 magic towns. Its a pretty little town and nice to hear from Melissa some local information about the religious festivals happening that day. All in all, a wonderful day.

, Mar 2018

The trip to the butterflies was 3 hours with pick up along the way. We then had to walk a total of 8,5km to get to the butterflies - so not just a 45 min walk. If you have people on the trip that are unfit and too old to walk this, by the time you are back for lunch they have not even got half the way. We then had to sit 2,5 hours to wait for them to come back and have their lunch. We then got taken to a town El Oreo to see some buildings waste of time when you are already almost 3 hours delayed. By the time we got back to the city it was 8h30 at night - over 13 hours since pick up. I was disappointed to also not see that many butterflies as the season was almost over - mid March. Would not do it again

, Feb 2018

The guide and the driver was very friendly and gave me a lot of information. Though you can not see the butterfly very good the trip is very interesting.

, Jan 2018

I was disappointed with this tour. It is stating that a local guide is included but I'm not sure about the definition. My guide picked me up at my hotel on time, he didn't speak much English but he had a translator so it's OK. But when we arrived the butterfly sanctuary, I was told I had a local guide there. i was confused and I'm still confused why I needed a local guide there. That local guide didn't speak English at all and you really don't need anyone to show you the way you should walk because the trail is very obvious so it's very difficult to get lost. And if it was easy to get lost there, the guide who picked me up should know the way. And in the end, I had to tip that local guide! For what???? For walking by my side?

, Nov 2017

This was the best tour we took! It was a relaxing day out of the city with a fresh delicious lunch. There was horseback riding and not to forget the miraculous butterflies. It was amazing to see.

, Feb 2017

Really good experience. Guides picked us up on time at our hotel and brought us to Sierra Chincua reserve. The driver/guide provided by the company was not that knowledgeable but the guide that we met at the butterfly reserve was very knowledgeable.

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