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Angangueo is a small village in Michoacan, best known for being the closest town to El Rosario, the most popular entrance to Reserva de la Biosfera de la Mariposa Monarca.

Hostels and Hospedajes: Hotel Juarez on the main street has onsuite doubles for M$250 (January 2015), and rooms with shared bathrooms for a bit less.

Food: Good taco stand on main square serving hefty beefsteak tacos for M$9 open afternoons and evenings. Restaurant Los Arcos also on the main square is popular with tourists as the only "real" restaurant in town and charges about M$60 for an excellent meal. The burrito stand near the bus station has sick al pastor burritos for M$20.

To Do: Sierra Chincua butterfly sanctuary is amazing. Ten or fifteen minutes up the hill from Angangueo by car gets you to the entrance (buses will drop you on the highway about 1.5km from the visitors center, and taxis charge M$300 round trip). From there it is a 1.5 km hike one-way to the sanctuary (ignore the sign saying 2.8km), and it's an easy grade so fine for kids, with a total elevation gain of about 150m. There is a viewpoint along the way. Horses are available for M$75 each way (the horsemen will try to convince you that the grade is steep - it isn't), but it might be fun if you want to take a horse ride anyway. Guides are obligatory and work on a voluntary (tip) basis, they are assigned at the ticket office. Entrance to the sanctuary is M$45 for adults and M$35 for kids, with M$40 for parking (camping is possible and gorgeous). There is a low key zipline for M$50 also, and a number of shops and restaurants that are solar powered.



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