May 09, 2008

Monarch Butterflies

The monarch butterfly sanctuaries near Angangueo are a must see if you are in the area. It's roughly 2 hours east of Morelia via Highway 15D Cuota. There are two sanctuaries, both of which require a moderate hike to get to. You can drive right up to the entrance to the El Rosario sanctuary where as for Sierra Chincua, you have to either own a truck or pay to have one drive you there (MXN$400/trip). Lots of traditional food stalls and crafts at the entrance to the sanctuary. When the butterflies are on the branches sleeping, they resemble clumps of dead leaves. When hundreds of them are flying and their orange wings are in full view, it really is a great sight to see. I don't think I've ever seen more than 2 monarch butterflies at one time back in Canada. You gotta experience it to understand how amazing they are.

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