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Nevado de Toluca Volcano & Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (Day Trip)

On this day-trip to the Piedra Herrada Reserve and monarch butterfly sanctuary, encounter millions of brilliant orange and black monarchs on their winter migration from Canada to Mexico. Then, explore Nevado de Toluca National Park and volcano!

USD $169.00

Per Person
Number Of TravelersPrice Per Person
5 - 7USD $143.00
8 or moreUSD $130.00


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Observe and Explore on this Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Day Trip

On this day trip to the Piedra Herrada Reserve and monarch butterfly sanctuary, encounter millions of monarchs on their winter migration from Canada to Mexico. Be amazed by the brilliant orange and black butterflies, and enjoy exploring the spectacular landscapes in Piedra Herrada Reserve.

Later, explore Nevado de Toluca National Park and Volcano. Explore the extinct volcano’s ancient crater, and the Moon and Sun Lakes nestled into the crater. Enjoy lunch on the Volcano’s slopes, and relax after an exciting day exploring nature’s small and large wonders.

Highlights

  • Discover Piedra Herrada Sanctuary where you will admire the beautiful monarch butterfly
  • Enjoy the town of Meson Viejo on the slopes of the volcano
  • Marvel at the crater of the volcano and at the Moon and Sun Lagoons down the ridge

Itinerary

For your Nevado de Toluca Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Day Trip, your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Mexico City at 7:30 for the 2.5 hour drive to Piedra Herrada Sanctuary.

Every year from November to March, this natural reserve is home to millions of of monarch butterflies that have traveled south from Canada for their yearly winter migration. Indeed, they’re attracted by the climate and the leafy Oyameles (endemic pines of the Mexican highlands) where the Monarch butterfly stays in winter for its reproduction and survival. This sanctuary is easily accessible and full of abundant vegetation. At the visitor center, you can rent horses or explore the sanctuary on foot.

After observing the butterflies and enjoying the park’s pristine nature, you will depart for the magical town of Meson Viejo on the slopes of a nearby volcano. For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious local meal in a small lodge.

After lunch, you’ll head to Toluca Volcano National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to walk along the volcano’s ancient crater, and explore Moon and Sun Lagoons. In the winter months, the volcano is often covered with a light blanket of snow that accentuates the outstanding slopes of the landscape.

After spending about an hour in the National Park, you’ll return to car for your trip back to Mexico City.

What’s Included?

  • Bilingual specialized guide.
  • Private vehicle with driver.
  • Typical meal in Mesón Viejo.
  • Entry to Nevado de Toluca Butterfly Reserve and Toluca Volcano National Park

What’s Not Included?

  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses (e.g., snacks or souvenirs)

What to Bring?

  • Comfortable clothes: jacket, scarf and gloves in winter (the temperature may drop below freezing)
  • Sunblock and cap/hat

Important Notes

  • Group size : 4-10 people

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Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City, Mexico 19.432608, -99.133208

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