We had the next day in Valle de Bravo as well, and the only thing I wanted to do was go back up in the warmer part of the day and see the monarchs more active. The guides said that around midday they would mostly be in flight and not just hanging on the trees. I’m so glad my traveling companions were of the same mind. The difference that the daytime temperature madeÂ was immediately apparent as the taxi approached the parking lot where the trails started. In the air on the road was a steady stream of monarchs. Our exclamations of excitement started immediately and didn’t stop for the next few hours as we made our way back up the trail, but without any complaining or lack of faith this time. The trail in midday was filled with butterflies. It felt like one was going to run into you every other second, and you had to be careful where you stepped at times. Any spot with full sun was covered in monarchs. When we got back up to the nesting trees, they were still plenty covered in butterflies, but the Â air was also filled with them flying about. Amazing, fantastic, incredible… it just felt like a magical spot and very special to be able to witness. I’ve edited down the pictures a lot, but there are just too many good ones. In fact, I did a terrible job of editing the number of photos down. If it is possible that I need more to fully share the experience, what I still really want is some of Mike’s video to share what the feeling of being in a river of monarchs was like. Â I will either get a copy to post here or share the link soon, hopefully.
The monarchs winter there until the end of March. I can’t recommend this experience highly enough, and I’m happy to give advice on how to get there.
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