Douglas GuthrieUnited States
This was an excellent excursion with Aaron. We drove from San Miguel to the Sanctuary. The time went by quickly as Aaron filled the time with history of the region, commentary and pertinent information. Once we were there, it was clear that Aaron is passionate about the butterfly sanctuary (and Guanajuato in general). The interaction with the monarchs was astounding and something we'll never forget. Recommendation: Take the horses! We'll certainly contact Aaron next time for the Queretaro tour.
I have a lung condition but Aaron stayed with me the whole way. I sent him ahead in the last 100 yards and I eventually met everyone at the observation site. My wife and I cannot thank Aaron enough for the patience he showed me on the climb. He was a great guide and was one of the best tours we've had in a long time. Seeing the thousands of butterflies was a whole different experience for all of us. absolutely worth the trip-we used the horses going up and down the mountain.
Great trip - very punctual pick-up right at our accommodation, clean comfortable van, and a friendly, patient and knowledgeable guide. And the butterflies are awesome!
Aaron arrived promptly at 8:00 am in his spotlessly clean car. His English language and manners were lovely right from the start. He is well-educated, knowledgeable and professional at the same time as he is friendly and relaxed. We loved his interactions with the local people, especially the children. He's an excellent ambassador for the people and culture of Mexico.
This was a fabulous tour experience and Aaron was a terrific guide! He was prompt, friendly and an excellent driver. En route to the butterfly sanctuary, he shared his in-depth knowledge of Pre-Hispanic and Colonial history in an informative and entertaining way. After the butterflies, we ate lunch in a Pueblo Magico--a fitting end to a magical day! Thanks, Aaron!
Amelia EnglishUnited States
Aaron was terrific! His English is outstanding and we accommodated the 4 of us to a wonderful tour to see the Monarch butterflies. The only thing that would have improved our adventure would be a little larger vehicle as the car was tight for 5 of us (including him) He is an outstanding driver which is important for the long ride we had from SMA. I highly recommend him. He even helped us buy the "exact kind of water we wanted" when we got back to town.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amelia. Thank you very much for your rating and comments! I'm glad you all enjoyed the tour! Regarding the car it was a Mazda 6, which is a big sedan. I understand that for this long ride it can be a bit tight for 5 people (including me). Another option would be using a Minivan, which is possible, with an extra cost. Greetings to all of you. Aaron.
Lauren GrayUnited States
Aaron was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable of the tour environment. He was not overbearing with information on our 3 hour drive, but made sure to point out important sites. His English and Spanish were excellent. He was kind and professional. I would recommend him for anyone wanting to take a tour.
Star Kelley-RaymerUnited States
The trip to the monarch butterfly sanctuary was on my bucket list and it was AWESOME. I highly recommend this experience. Aaron made it even better by making sure we got good horses for the ride up and a great meal for when we came down. He also went out of his way to take us to a wonderful ceramic store. The drive was long and Aaron is a great driver and answered the numerous questions we had about sights we saw along the way.
Jim WilloughbyUnited States
I can now check the Monarch Butterflies off my bucket list. Many thanks to our knowledgeable guide Aaron for making it among one of my most memorable experiences. Jim
Gordon WilliamsUnited States
Heidi KleinmanUnited States
I could not have asked for a better representative of the country than Aaron. HIs amiable personality made him instantly easy to talk to during our long drive to see the Monarch Butterfly wintering sites. He answered questions and offered information, allowing us to have a window into the local culture. I cant give him credit for the extraordinary spectacle of seeing millions of butterflies take flight as the rays of sunlight penetrated into the forest, but it was wonderful sharing it with him.
Mary AbernathyUnited States
Wonderful tour. Aaron was engaging and our car was very comfortable. The Sanctuary was a special place, we had a great day.
Christopher ArmstrongUnited States
We had a great time and really appreciated our guide, Aaron, and his helpful and pleasant demeanor. Five of five, would do it again.
Seeing the butterflies in these numbers and knowing their life history was simply mind-blowing. Fantastic experience. The hike up is relatively easy but be ready to climb 700 steps then a steady climb up an uneven trail. Aaron was patient as we took photos. Spoke exceptionally good english, was informative and friendly. Went on a weekday which is apparently better with fewer visitors. Lots of opportunities to support the local economy as you walk past dozens and dozens of vendors at the entrance.
Blair M.Saskatchewan, S7N0M8, Canada
Our trip to El Rosario butterfly reserve couldn't have been better. Aaron was a wonderful tour guide. He picked us up on time, drove us over to El Rosario in a sensible manner, answered all our questions along the way, and hung out with us as we did the walk up to see the butterflies. He couldn't have done a better job. I would highly recommend Aaron to anyone interested in seeing the butterfly reserve or any of the other tours that he does through the Tours by Locals site.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Blair! Thank you very much for your comments! Yes, it was amazing to see the butterflies flying everywhere.