From November to March, a phenomenon like no other happens, in the skies, you will hear fluttering, and you can even see the forests full of little orange friends, which travel more than 8 thousand kilometers to escape the Canadian cold. Do you know who we are talking about? Exactly! Monarch butterflies travel to Mexican forests to hibernate.
The winged beauties only stay here for 4 months, that's why at Gran Hotel Morelia we tell you all about the monarch butterfly season in Michoacán. The forest area where the monarch butterflies gather has an extension of more than 16 thousand hectares, it goes from the State of Mexico to Michoacan. This area is known as the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and because of its importance since 2008 is part of the Natural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. Book a room in a hotel in downtown Morelia and visit Michoacán during the monarch butterfly season.
3 sanctuaries you must visit during the monarch butterfly season in Michoacán
El Rosario, in the municipality of Ocampo, Michoacán.
This sanctuary will open on November 15. In El Rosario you will find a lot of vegetation, mostly pine and oyamel forests. You will also find birds, squirrels, rabbits, armadillos, coyotes, and some deer. You will love visiting this sanctuary!
We recommend you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, because to get to the sanctuary and see all the butterflies fluttering around, you will have to walk between 1.2 and 1.6 km
You will also be able to enjoy local food and handicrafts.
Sierra Chincua, in Angangueo, Michoacán
The visit to this sanctuary is guided by a local guide who will take you from the visitor's center to the butterfly colonies along a forest trail, whether you decide to walk or horseback ride. Here you will find restaurants, craft stores, and adventure activities.
Senguio, in the municipality of the same name, in Michoacán.
In addition to appreciating the dance of the butterflies, in Senguio you can enjoy some viewpoints, waterfalls, a natural river and the Franciscan monastery where spiritual retreats are also held.
Hotels near the historic center of Morelia, stay at Gran Hotel Morelia.
To take advantage of all the natural attractions of Michoacan, you need more than a day, that's why we recommend staying in a hotel near the historic center of Morelia, this way you'll be just steps away from the main attractions, roads, and also, you'll be surrounded by the best restaurants and stalls to taste the gastronomy of Morelia.
Book a room in Gran Hotel Morelia, a hotel near Morelia's historic downtown; here you'll find large newly remodeled rooms, 24/7 room service that will please you with snacks, and a great swimming pool where you'll be able to refresh yourself. We also have a tennis court and gym.
Don't think twice, book a room in a hotel with pool in Morelia, we'll be waiting for you in Gran Hotel Morelia!