Sierra Chincua Sanctuary

Angangueo

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From $45 MXN

Located a few kilometers uphill from the Magic Town of Angangueo, the Sierra Chincua sanctuary sits at the heart of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Between November and March, milliones of Monarch butterflies arrive from the north of the USA and Canada to winter in these oyamel forests. The sanctuary features  a modern, eco-friendly visitor center with restaurants, crafts shops and outdoor activities for an unforgettable day in nature. This sanctuary is the second most visited in Michoacan after El Rosario

A local guide will take you on the visit to the sanctuary. From the visitor center to the butterfly colonies there is a trail, which is steep at some points. The hike up can take between 45 minutes to an hour. You may go up on horseback as well. Once up the the oyamel woods, your guide will take you to the butterfly colonies. The visit lasts 20 minutes to allow all visitors to enjoy this awesome natural event without disturbing the butterflies. It is very important that you respect the limits of the observation area marked to protect the butterflies.You should not smoke, throw trash or make noise.  Always follow the instructions from your guide.

In addition to watching the butterflies you can go on a zip line, a hanging bridge and a climbing wall. At the end of your visit, relax at one of the restaurants and tray one of our local specialities such as the mushroom or chicken soup. And don’t forget to buy a souvenir to remember this magical day!

Please follow the visitor rules and do not forguet to check out our traveler's tips.

Services:

  • Parking
  • Guides
  • Horses
  • Food and beverage
  • Crafts and local products shops
  • Activities: zipline, hanging bridge and climbing wall.

Getting there

Federal road 15 Mexico-Toluca-Zitacuaro. From Zitacuaro drive towards Ciudad Hidalgo. At the San Felipe de los Alzati crossing, take a right towards Angangueo. Cross this Magic Town and continue uphill for a few kilometers. You will find the entry to Sierra Chincua on the left.

Highway 15D Mexico-Morelia-Guadalajara. Exit at Maravatio and head towards Ciudad Hidalgo. Before the village of Irimbo make a left towards Aporo. This road finishes on a T junction, make a left and head to Angangueo. Cross this Magic Town and continue uphill for a few kilometers. You will find the entry to Sierra Chincua on the left.

Highway 15D Mexico-Morelia-Guadalajara. Exit at the Contepec toll booth and head towards Tlalpujahua. From there, take the road to Maravatio. Make a left at the Santa Maria village towards Angangueo. Before you reach this Magic Town you will find the entry to Sierra Chincua on your right.

Ubicación

Ctra. Federal México-Nogales. Angangueo, Angangueo

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