Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Angangueo

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Each fall, as the temperatures start to drop in the Northern hemisphere, millions and millions of Monarch butterflies leave their summer habitats in the USA and Canada and head off to Mexico in a 5,000 km long migration, unique in the insect world. The oyamel forests in the center of the country, above 2,700 meters, will be their winter home from November on. Here they form colonies, bundled toguether in huge clusters to survive the low temperatures of the coldest months of the year when they hibernate. In February the butterflies wake up from the lethargy and start getting ready for the long trip back North.

The Reserve comprises over 56,000 hectares of forest between the states of Michoacan and Mexico. In Michoacan it extends to the municipalities of Contepec, Senguío, Angangueo, Ocampo, Zitácuaro and Aporo. The Reserve is one of  the four natural beauties recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Despite being a protected area, the Reserve is threatened by human pressure and illegal forestry.

The main tourist sanctuaries are located by the Magic Town of Angangueo: Sierra Chincua and El Rosario, in the neighbouring municipality of Ocampo.

 

Getting there

Domicilio conocido. Angangueo, Angangueo

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