What is the monarch
doing in October?

The monarchs arrive in Mexico. After crossing the US from north to south, the swarms of butterflies continue their way to the sacred fir forests of central Mexico, their winter home.

Throughout the month of October, the butterflies take over the Mexican skies during the last stage of their autumnal migration. The first ones to arrive settle in the sacred fir forests of central Mexico, in a protected area. The laggards, perhaps those who travel from farther away, continue to arrive throughout the whole month, completing their journey of thousands of kilometers. It is now time for them to feed, as they will need energy reserves to survive the harsh winter before them.

Where can I see the monarch butterfly?

In the sanctuaries of Michoacán, where you can find more butterflies than anywhere else.

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Other observation areas

In the municipality of Senguio we find the Sanctuary of Senguio, which also functions as an Ecotourism Center. Depending on the location of the butterfly colonies, each year local guides organize controlled visits in order to observe the monarch butterfly in their habitat. The other sanctuaries located in the state of Michoacán: Cerro Altamirano, Chivati-Huacal and Cerro Pelón, are not open to the public.

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