On the first tip I offered an insight of the 2 nature reserves in Michoacan where you can see the butterflies. If you rent a car and choose to drive here yourself, be ready for a looong journey and keep in mind that these sanctuaries are located far away from the toll highway (wide green line in the upper part of the map) and you have to drive...more
There are 2 sanctuaries that you can visit in the state of Michoacan -- Angangueo is the closest village to both of them. This is where day-trips from Morelia take you to see the butterflies. I am attaching a map so you can see what the distance (between Morelia & sanctuaries) and the recommended routes are, and my personal opinion about visiting...more
We hired a driver to take us to El Rosario sanctuary (about 400pesos with tip for the ride...we were only three but if you found more people it would become cheaper per person). It cost about 25 pesos to enter El Rosario. We were the first visitors up the hill and were accompanied by one of the guides. He told us quite a bit about the butterflies...more
Yearly between about October and March, some hundred million monarch butterflies migrate from the northern climes - some over a distance of up to almost 3,000 kms., to winter in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico.The best time to visit it would be around March or November. That winter was the coldest in ages so unfortunately we found thousands of...more
The sanctuary is a wooden area located at over 3200 m. of altitude where millions of butterflies will spend Winter time. They arrive around end of October and stay there until March. In 2002 the official opening day of the sanctuary is November 27th.To reach the sanctuary you have to rent a jeep/van from Angangueo. The cost is set by the Secretary...more
Mexican food. Clean, open front to the street. We had the breaded boneless chicken breast with rice and a small salad.We both had the same meal. I had two Cokes and hubby had two Corona's, and the bill came to $120 peso's. (approx $12 U.S.) And, we had dinner with a lovely couple from New Zealand.more
This little restaurant if located just off the main plaza and serves great home-cooked meals. We asked to see the menu and the woman in the kitchen just listed off the options. We made our selection and in a short while we had huge plates full of fresh Mexican comida. I had the pollo adobada and it was very good.more
We took a Autobuses Zinacantepec y Ramales direct bus from Mexico City's Terminal Poniente to Angangueo via Zitacuaro at 120PM. It took about four hours and cost 99pesos. To leave Angangueo, there are frequent local buses which pass by on the main road (Morelos) and head to Zitacuaro....just flag one down. Since our bags were very large, we waited...more
From Mexico D.F. you first need to go to the Terminal Camionera Poniente near the metro Observatorio.From there you have two main options: take a frequent bus to Zitacuaro and then catch a connecting service or opt for a less frequent bus that goes directly to Angangueo.If you choose the latter you are limited to one bus company: Autobuses...more
I think Angangueo is a safe town. I think the people there realize that you are the only reason their town exists and they put food on their tables. I wouldn't go wandering around at night, but during the day it was completely safe.
If you were one of the crazy people to have driven a rental to the town....don't fall for the guys out front telling you that your little tiny Chevy car can't make it up the mountain. It can just fine. The trip, though very steep and winding, is easily done in any car.
Fun Alternatives: There is no alternative if you don't have a car. Well, you can walk it, but that would be crazy. It is too far (six hour walk probably) and too steep and once you got the place (which is a grueling uphill climb) you would be too exhausted. And I promise you that you would get a ride going back and collaspe in your bed for days.
I had a fleece pullover and jeans, and my husband had a spring/fall jacket and jeans and we were both cold. The town gets very cold once the sun goes down, and when you are climbing at that elevation, it is very cold. I would probably add a sweatshirt to what I wore, and would likely have been more comfortable. Running shoes were fine for...more
I found it difficult to find information on the internet, on how to get to the Migration site. I am not sure if there are airports in Mexico City or Morelia, but if you can get to Angangueo from there, you are going to save yourself a lot of time.The total time for us, from Acapulco, was 14 hours, and three buses to Angangueo. After that there was...more
Angangueo makes a great base for visiting the butterfly reserve, but does not deserve more than a night's stay. We arrived in the town in the late afternoon, had a stroll in the plaza and up and down the main street and had seen it all. In the morning we made our trek to the butterflies and then came down for lunch and caught a bus out of town.more
Let's face it - there is nothing to do in Angangueo. The village is built around a main street practically devoid of shops. There is no monument worthwhile to see and no interesting walks. The best strategy is to arrive in Angangueo in the early evening, have dinner, sleep early and well - and be ready to wake up at 7AM to go see the butterflies.more