Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Private Tour from Mexico City
  • Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Private Tour from Mexico City

    The annual Monarch butterfly migration is one of nature’s great spectacles and a top attraction for visitors to Mexico’s central highlands. From 60 million to one billion Monarch butterflies goes from eastern Canada to central Mexico for more than 2,500 miles. The Monarch butterflies spend their winter hibernation clustered in small areas of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Mexico City in the morning and go to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Every year Monarch butterfly travel around 3200 miles to spend the winter in the forests of Mexico. On this period, when we have these amazing guests, forests turn into orange color. Butterflies arrival occurs most of the times at the beginning of November when in Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead and mexicans believe that these butterflies are the souls of the dead.

    Also during the tour, you will have a spectacular walk or if you prefer you can pay to take a horse ride along the coniferous forest to the top of the hill, where the Butterfly Valley lies. Become a witness of this amazing natural phenomenon only from November to the end of February.  Do not miss the opportunity to join us in this amazing journey.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
    "Children must be accompanied by an adult"
    "Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
    "Pick up at hotels outside the downtown area will have an extra charge of 200 pesos which must be paid directly to our guide"

    • Start Time8:30 AM
    • Start location: Traveler pickup is offered



    • Duration: 8 hours
    • Cancellations and refunds: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
  • Included

    • Guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-offfrom hotels located in Mexico city central area.
    • Entry/Admission - Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

    Not Included

    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Horse ride
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels located outside Mexico city central area.
  • 9/10

    Recommendation passengers 90%
    Rating based on 6 verified reviews

    Our clients

    • Helen T
      Posted on Martes, 27 de noviembre del 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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Crystal
      Posted on Jueves, 25 de enero del 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!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Jessica B
      Posted on Martes, 16 de enero del 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!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Donna E
      Posted on Lunes, 13 de noviembre del 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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Peter M
      Posted on Domingo, 14 de enero del 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.

        General rating: 8/10
    • Sue C
      Posted on Martes, 20 de febrero del 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.

        General rating: 2/10

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