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Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario

Monarch Butterfly in Michoacan Mexico

Every year, at the end of October, millions of beautiful monarch butterflies return to the Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario ( sanctuary of the monarch butterfly of the rosary ). These butterflies are looking for a warm place to mate and rest, before completing the grueling return trip to Canada or the United States. The Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario, located in Michoacan Mexico, is one of the few places monarch butterflies spend the winter.

Getting to the
Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario

Access to the Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario is by rented horse, or foot. The trail takes you through pleasant scenes of green grass and pine trees, bathed in fresh mountain air. Shortly before arriving at the sanctuary, small patches of orange begin to accent the green landscape. When arriving at the sanctuary, you will see thousands of monarch butterflies, in clusters on the tall trees. The butterflies are everywhere, flying from side to side and obscuring the green forest in clouds of orange. The Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario is truly a wonder of nature.

Location
The Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario is in the state of Michoacan, 184 km east of Morelia and 209 km west of Mexico City.

When
It is best to visit the Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca El Rosario from the end of October to the beginning of March.

Getting There
There is an international airport in Morelia. You can take a bus from Morelia or Mexico City to the town of Angangueo, which is near the sanctuary. From there, you can take public transit. If you are driving from Mexico City or Morelia, you should take Highway (carretera ) 15. Better yet, why not take a guided VLC tour from Guadalajara?

Hours
The Santuario de El Rosario is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Learn more about Monarch Butterflies

  • Fantastic Migration of the Monarch Butterflies.
  • Internal Clock Leads Monarch Butterflies to Mexico - National Geographic.
  • An Unexpected Encounter With Several Million Butterflies - Mexconnect.
  • Down Mexico way - Nature.