the monarch butterfly biosphere reserve

The Signs as Natural Attractions in México.

• Aries: Popocatépetl. Is an active volcano, located in the states of Puebla, México, and Morelos.

• Taurus: Cave of the Crystals. Is a cave in Naica, Saucillo Municipality, Chihuahua, México.

• Gemini: Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. Is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán, México.

• Cancer: Arch of Cabo San Lucas. Is a distinctive rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas.

• Leo: Gran Desierto de Altar. Is one of the major sub-ecoregions of the Sonoran Desert, located in Sonora, México.

• Virgo: Lacandon Jungle. Is an area of rainforest which stretches from Chiapas, México.

• Libra: Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Is a World Heritage Site containing most of the over-wintering sites of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly. And is located in Michoacán, México.

• Scorpio: Sistema Sac Actun. Is a cenote located in Tulum, Quintana Roo, México.

• Sagittarius: Tequila Volcano. Is a volcano located near Tequila, Jalisco, in México. This volcano is not dangerous to its nearby communities, which are famous for producing tequila.

• Capricorn: Nevado de Toluca. Is a large stratovolcano in Texcaltitlán, México, México.

• Aquarius: Hierve el Agua. Is a set of natural rock formations in the Mexican state of Oaxaca that resemble cascades of water.

• Pisces: Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park. Is off the coast of the island of Cozumel in the state of Quintana Roo, México.

“The photos are not mine”

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Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve 

At first glance, these pictures may appear to show autumnal leaves and foliage, but they are in fact showing thousands of Monarch Butterflies that cover whole fir forests. These common butterflies migrate every winter from Canada to the mountains of the central highlands of Mexico, creating terrifying yet beautiful swarms of insects. 

To protect the butterflies, this site in the mountains of Mexico has become a world heritage site and is protected by the government. In winter, the trees go from green to orange due to the large number of butterflies that settle on them. The reserve is also a very popular tourist attraction, and attracts many photographers because of how easy it is to take photographs of the butterflies -They are so tame that they will land all over the hands and heads of visiting tourists.