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Offering a restaurant, Hotel La Margarita is located in Angangueo, just 5 minutes’ drive from the town center. Free WiFi access is available throughout. The photos say each rom comes with a fireplace. Maybe. This IS one of the nicest hotels in town, evidenced by the fact that foreign tour groups stay here. Booh: they get the fancy/ quiet rooms with the fireplaces. Yay: They have a buffet and lectures in English (Ph.D. biologists who know about butterflies)… we were lucky to "ride the coat tails" of both of those things.
Offering a restaurant, Plaza Don Gabino Hotel y Restaurante is located in Mineral de Angangueo, within the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and 21 mi away from Zitácuaro. Free WiFi access is available. Plaza Don Gabino is visually beautiful, very clean and comfortable, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. The meals in the restaurant were delicious and made for us specifically on our schedule. The restaurant is lovely especially with the fireplace burning, with beautiful views of the outdoors.
Habitacion Vera is a homestay set in Aporo. The accommodations is 19 mi from Los Azufres, and guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. I enjoyed my stay with Omar a lot. The welcome was super warm-hearted. When I arrived early in the morning there was breakfast. Omar have me a lot information about the region and what to visit. The otherday he was showing me bis favorite place to oversee the landscape. I can hardly recommend to stay at this lovely Place!
Offering an outdoor pool and á la carté restaurant, Hotel Villa Monarca Inn is located in Zitácuaro. The property offers free parking. Each room here will provide you with a TV and cable channels. Easy drive to El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary. Beautiful grounds inside the hotel compound. Nice restaurant. Helpful staff. Called a taxi to go into Zitacuaro. Allowed our cat to stay.
Stopped in the small town because we wanted to go to the Butterfly preserve. Cute little town, we stayed one full day and one night, and that was enough time to see the butterflies and explore the town.
An authentic Mexican village and designated Pueblo Magico, Angangueo is picturesque and lively, surrounded by beautiful forested mountains. There are traditional homemade meals served at the handful of eating spots in the center of town. We also enjoyed wonderful meals at our lodging, Plaza Don Gabino. A top priority between November and March is visiting the incredible Monarch butterfly sanctuaries in the area, especially El Rosario. There are two wonderful, less crowded, sanctuaries over the border in the State of Mexico: Cerro Pelon, near Macheros, and Piedra Herrada, near Valle de Bravo. The trails in the sanctuaries are steep and the elevation is at 9,000 feet. If you cannot hike up, going on horseback is available at all the sanctuaries I have visited.
Angangueo is not well set up for tourist activities beyond the monarch sanctuaries. It is an interesting little town but a bit hard to navigate. Only 3 hotels means they were quite overpriced and mediocre compared to other small Mexican hotels. There are also very few restaurants. We found two tiny places that had good cheap food: Willy's and Comida Corrida. Seeing the monarchs made any other inconveniences all very worth it and I would recommend a visit to anyone interested in seeing this natural phenomenon.
A picturesque town. About a 15-20 minute walk from Hotel to town, up a steep street. No one takes credit cards. Handy bus service directly to Mexico City. 3 hours. We made the mistake of trying to get there directly from the airport which resulted in 3 buses and one taxi - 8 hours of travel. Should have gone to the Poniente bus station to catch the direct bus. Everyone is friendly and helpful.
Sweet little village. The people were SO FRIENDLY! The butterflies were amazing, incredible, awesome!! Make sure you book enough days in case you get cloudy days because they don't fly unless there is sun and warmth. We had some good meals at Restaurant Los Arcos and Hotel Bruno. Found out more of the mining history of the town through locals who were excited to share their history with us. The setting is lovely, and as I bussed out one early morning, looking at the lit-up church and watching the sunrise were a great way to end the trip.
Absolutely no reason to go except for access to Monarch Sanctuaries. Good idea to arrive the night before and acclimate to altitude before huge elevation climb getting to Sanctuary and then walking to butterfly colonies. (Bring/ buy lots of water to stay hydrated and ibuprofen for altitude headaches).