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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: One of our plans when visiting Mexico is to explore the location with all the Monarch butterflies. But I'm not sure where they fly. Any suggestions are appreciated.

A: From November through March, the monarch butterflies flee the cold Canadian winter and flock to the tropics of Central Mexico.

In the state of Michoacan, over 250 million Canadian and American monarch butterflies use the lush foliage of the Michoacan Oyamel forests in which trees are coated in vibrant shades of orange and black. It's best to remain as quiet as possible. This is when you can actually hear the delicate wings flap.

For some great butterfly spotting, the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest of Michoacan's two public butterfly reserves. Sandwiched between the towns of Zitacuaro and Angangueo, visitors will be at an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet. Admission is $2US.

The Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary permits visitors to take horseback tours of the rough trails. The Mexican Tourism Office recommends February as the best time to visit.

In the neighboring villages of Ocampo, Zitacuaro and Maravatio, villagers celebrate the Festival de la Mariposa Monarca.

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