Monarch Butterflies in El Rosario Michoacán

Years ago when we first bought land in the state of Michoacán (online- we’d never actually been there) I researched extensively all there was to do in the area. I had seen a couple posts about the Monarch Butterflies migrating from Canada & was hooked. Finally in the area we had a chance to see them in real life!

Taking in the sun on the forest floor

Taking in the sun on the forest floor

The drive up from the little town Ocampo takes approximately 30 min on a bumpy red brick/cobble stone road through a forest then all of the sudden you come out in an open space to another little town.. don’t worry you’re not lost. Just keep going. When you round a bend a couple little boys will come dashing down to help guide the rest of the way. You don’t have to stop as its just around the corner from there, but if you’re confused they’ll jump in the car & show the way for a couple of pesos.

The Entrance to El Rosario.

The Entrance to El Rosario.

We arrived a week before they open for visitors but they let us in anyway. The entrance fee for 2 adults was 90 pesos $7.50 & the kids (5 & 2) were free.
We paid an extra $6.60 for Little D & I to ride a horse one way up the mountain.. I’m so glad we did!

Riding Red up the Mountain

Riding Red up the Mountain

The horse was in good condition, & I wore long pants & shoes after learning the hard way on our last ride. The path was steep & rocky but Red trotted most of the way up. It took about 20 minutes.

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

We stopped in an open field & waited for the other guide to bring DH who was on foot with Miss P in a backpack. He took a different route so if you’re thinking of walking up like he did keep in mind it’s a steep climb which includes roughly 650 stairs!

Some of the 650 stairs that Dh walked up. Lucky D & I just walked down

Some of the stairs that Dh walked up. Lucky D & I only walked down.

Once they joined us in the field we continued the rest of the way on foot together. It was an easy 15 min walk uphill through a beautiful fern forest & lovely crisp cool air. (in the month of Nov)

Little D is our hiker

Little D is our hiker

We saw them at first from afar & I was wondering if that was it.. but the guide led us deeper into the forest. We rounded a bend & suddenly found ourselves in the midst of them! Being early in the season there were only a couple hundred thousand compared to the millions during peak season. (Feb/March is the most busy time of month with so many tourists you barley have space on the walk up)

In his element. He was so worried someone would step on them he kept checking on us

In his element. He was so worried someone would step on them he kept checking on us

Lucky for us we arrived on a warm day so most of them were on the ground in the sun with their wings open. If it had been any cooler they would have been high in the trees with their wings closed. Keep an eye on the weather as the day before we arrived there were high winds & they turned ppl away at the entrance.

Miss P (2) was a little worried at first but warmed up eventually.

Miss P (2) was a little worried at first but warmed up eventually.

We stayed in the forest for quite a while, just admiring them, letting them land on us & taking it all in. Our guide gave us info (in Spanish which DH translated for me)
It was such a surreal magical moment none of us wanted to leave.

They landed on little D the most which made his day!

They landed on little D the most which made his day!

Our guide said we could pay what we liked, so we gave her 150 pesos $12.40 which is what we heard is expected during high season.

I love the contrast of soft warm colours on rough bark & moss.. beautiful

I love the contrast of soft warm colours on rough bark & moss.. beautiful

5 Helpful Hints/Tips:

1. Bathrooms are only available at the bottom before the walk so if you need to go, go before you leave. It costs about 4 pesos.

2. Lots of little boys will surround you & ask for money, (before & after you arrive) they sing a little for money, offer to watch your car etc.. its up to you what you want to give them & why.

3. Carry cash.. ! Nothing else will do.

4. Prepare yourself for a long walk, high altitude & very broken English from the locals.

5. You can buy 3 butterfly magnets for 20 pesos ($1.60)

Such a magical day

Such a magical day

Most of all just enjoy yourself! There really is nothing else quite like it. And although we came early it really was a lovely experience with just our family up there & no vying for space with the thousands of tourists a day that flock the place in high season.

Amazing DH carrying our Koala

DH being amazing & carrying our Koala

All up from starting the walk & back took approximately 2 hours. You set the pace, the guides are easy.

Such a delicate wonder of nature

Such a delicate wonder of nature

Had you heard of the Monarch Butterfly Migration before?

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Amber Luna

I'm a long term traveller, dedicated mum of 2 & passionate about living life full of adventure. I love living my dreams & helping others live theirs as well. I hope you enjoy our informative journey!

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Comments

  1. Wow! What a wonderful experience for the whole family. Really looking forward to hearing more of your adventures during your stay there.

  2. so cool, have you seen your land yet?

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