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The Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve is situated in the eastern part of the state of Michoacán. It was created to protect the habitat of the monarch butterfly's winter migration and spans over 56,000 hectares of woodland.

The monarch is the only butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do. How the species manages to return to the same overwintering spots over several generations is still unkown, but hundreds of millions of them make the journey every year.

There are currently eight sanctuaries within the Biosphere Reserve, and four of these eight are open to the public. Of these, El Rosario near the town of Ocampo has the best developed infrastructure for visitors, including a visitor center, restaurants, well-defined footpaths, security patrols, and stone steps in steep places.

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The best time to see the butterflies is during the months from November to February, before they fly back north to the U.S. and Canada in the spring.
The terrain is also ideal for hiking, with picturesque forest trails and spectacular hilltop views.

Mexico City
Mexico City

Must see historic colonial buildings, museums, and pre-Hispanic ruins.

Pátzcuaro / Janitzio

The former indiginous capital of the Puhrepechan nation.


The Eduardo Ruiz National Park is one of the most beautiful in the country.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries

Spectacular migrations from December to March.

San Miguel
San Miguel de Allende

One of the oldest cities in the center of the Mexican Republic.

San Miguel

Rich in colonial architecture, attractive plazas, and baroque churches.

San Miguel
Los Azufres

Hot springs and magnificent views. The ideal place to relax.

Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo

Beautiful sandy beaches, watersports, and delicious seafood.


Visit the Paricutin Volcano

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