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Mariposa Monarca

Estado de México and Michoacán

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About Mariposa Monarca

Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve.  The reserve is part of the mountainous region of the Transversal Neovolcanic Mountain Range of Mexico, with important massifs of oyamel fir ...

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How to get there?

  • Most important locality

    Zitácuaro, 1 hour from the sanctuaries.

  • Airport

    Morelia International Airport 'General Francisco Mújica' - Michoacán

References and Transportation
  • Ways to get there

    The main access to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is by federal highway number 15 Toluca-Zitácuaro. From this point in the directio...

  • Transportation facilities

    Own vehicle, bus and tour operators.

  • Mobility within the protected area

    On trails accompanied by local guides.

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  • Schedules

    Every day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Visits to sanctuaries are from November to March.

  • Entrance fee

    $60.37 MXN

  • Average weather in the area

    Cold with summer rains

Mariposa Monarca in Mexico

Activities and recommendations



  • Visit the Protected Area in autumn and winter.
  • We recommend comfortable shoes for walking on stony and loose dirt trails, thermal clothing.


Services within the PA

Handicrafts, sustainable products and souvenirs stores
Information modules
Interpretive trails

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Lodging near the PA

Camping areas

Food service near the PA

Cheap restaurants
Fast food

Available services in the nearest locality to the PA

Bank ATMs
Market / Super Market
Transportation services

Nearest locality to the PA

Zitácuaro, 1 hour from the sanctuaries.

Admission fee

Protected Area entrance fee

$60.37 MXN Entrance prices per person, per day, as collection of rights.

Senior citizens, pensioned and retired persons, disabled persons, and minors under 12 years of age will be exempt from the payment of fees, whose status will be accredited once they enter the Protected Area, if applicable, with the corresponding valid credential. A 50% discount will be applied to students and teachers with a valid credential, which must be presented upon entering the Protected Area.

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Interesting facts

The monarch butterfly travels more than four thousand kilometers from Canada and the United States to spend the winter in the Mexican forest...

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Monarch butterfly sanctuaries.

Representative species of PA

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), Mountain Stream Salamander (Ambystoma rivulare), Red Warbler (Cardellina rubra), Graphic Spiny Lizard ...

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You can see more representative species of Mariposa Monarca on the web site

Go to the Naturalista web site

Visitor regulations

Follow these indications to conserve the Protected Area

Code of the responsible tourist:
1. During my tour I follow the established trails.
2. I follow the indications of the local guides...

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  • PA office address

    Cuauhtémoc Ote. 34, Cuauhtémoc, 61506 Zitácuaro, Michoacán.

  • Phone

    +52 (715) 156 8580 +52 (715) 153 38 67

  • Email


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