Every year monarch butterflies travel thousands of kilometers from Canada and the United States to hibernate in our country. The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is home to millions of butterflies that hang from trees during winter.
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UNESCO Heritage since 2008
In 2008 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named this reserve a Natural World Heritage Site. Also of the Protected Natural Areas administered by the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP).
It is located between the municipalities of Temascalcingo, San Felipe del Progreso, Donato Guerra and Villa de Allende, in the State of Mexico. And in Contepec, Senguio, Angangueo, Ocampo and Zitácuaro in Michoacán.
To get there from Mexico City, you can take the highway to Toluca and turn off towards Guadalajara. When you get to Maravatío turn towards Angangueo, and after half an hour you will arrive at the Rosario and Sierra Chincua sanctuary. You can also visit Angangueo, which is approximately 150 kilometers away from CDMX.
Its extension is from around 56 thousand 259 hectares of oyamel, pine, oak and cedar forests. Here monarch butterflies complete one of the most impressive cycles in nature.
Biosphere Reserve where millions of butterflies arrive
Every fall millions of butterflies cross North America to hibernate in the Mexican forests. However, during the journey many butterflies die, but their descendants will complete the return trip when winter passes.
Since 2000, it has been known as the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. In addition to being the sanctuary, it is home to more than 358 registered species.
It is worth mentioning that for the preservation of these protected natural areas, it is important to do responsible tourism. Remember not to litter and not to touch or interfere with butterflies. In addition to providing a natural spectacle such as the migration of butterflies, the reserve is essential for recharging the aquifers in the area.
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