Today Shaylee and I rode horses up to a meadow on Cerro Pelón to see the butterflies. Hundreds of millions (maybe even billions) of monarch butterflies gather here for the November through March season. There are so many butterflies on the tree branches that they sag from the weight and when the butterflies take to flight it is actually noisy.
We walked up the steep path up the mountain to the butterfly colony. At first all of the were rather docile since it was cloudy. we waited around for the sun to come out and once it did, the butterflies took to flight and there were thousands of them. It was an impressive sight.
We also saw several humming birds and other birds.
After seeing the butterflies, we hiked back down the mountain and rode the horses back to the village of Mucharos, where we were staying.
Today's ride was much less punishing than the one on Parícutin since the saddles were nicer!