Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

(4.5/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary is located in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast. Use our Angangueo vacation builder to arrange your visit to Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary and other attractions in Angangueo.
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  • An amazing place, in the middle of the forest, is a sanctuary managed by the ejidatarios of the place and have it in perfect condition. Arriving at the sanctuary you will have to pay a fee of around $60 pesos per person and will assign you a guide for the journey, as the colony of butterflies this year (yearly change) is located approximately 45 min of walk from the entrance. Travel is incredible in the Sierra Chincua forest and full of flowers and some butterflies. You can choose to make the trip on horseback for around $100 if you do not want to walk, but horses do not pass through the viewpoint since they take another route. Arriving at the colony can be there around 20-30 min observing the thousands of some butterflies resting and others hovering. The best time to go is at the end of February and beginning of March which is when butterflies are most active hovering on all sides, is a unique spectacle, should visit the colony on sunny days and hours of Sun for that is when they are most active, if you arrive very early before there is enough sunlight can find them asleep. Along the way there is much dust so it is recommended that you carry some type of protection on the nose if you have a respiratory disease such as asthma or allergy problems. The back can also on horseback by another $100 if you no longer want to walk. Camping is allowed in the sanctuary, does not have showers only the basics: camping area and bathrooms. We stayed there but at night is very cold, not enjoyed it so I recommend you to search any lodging option in some peoples Angangueo ore which is very nice and close to 20 min of the sanctuary. Guides are volunteers so with a gratuity of $50-$100 for this perfect group, if they have opportunity to ask by Elisha, it was our guide and he was fantastic, it knows very well the place and after visiting the butterflies led us to know other amazing places to walk from the sanctuary, a tree with 9 "sticks", which is a marvel of nature and a beautiful valley where it passes a stream. After the tour can eat there at the shrine because there are about 15 small well-organized restaurants with typical food options, I recommend "El Mirador", which is where we ate. To get to the sanctuary is complicated since there isn't much signage but we arrived from Mexico City via Toluca-Villa Victoria-Angangueo in a journey of about 3 hrs. I recommend marking the sanctuary on google maps to reach without problem.
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  • Wonderful day viewing the clusters. Be prepared it's very cold! We loved riding the horses up the mountain. The guides are friendly and excellent at finding the best areas.  more »
  • Millions of butterflies flying in the forest, is an experience that you have to live at least once in life
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