From June 9 to August 13, the 2023 Firefly Season will take place in Nanacamilpa, Tlaxcala, and if you are thinking of visiting these magical and luminous inhabitants of the forest, this is what you need to know.

How is the sighting?

Fireflies are insects that emit bioluminescence as part of their courtship for reproduction and during the summer, in the rainy season, they can be seen shining at night and producing a magical moment.

The natural phenomenon occurs because the males send signals to the females, which, having no wings, rest almost on the ground and among the fallen leaves.

One of the best-known places, and with a tourist infrastructure aimed at conservation, is the Firefly Sanctuary, in Tlaxcala, which is about two hours from Mexico City.

Photo: @manumanuti

This year, the entrance to the forest for the sighting will cost 350 pesos per person (minors in arms do not pay) and includes: access to the sighting point, tour with a certified guide and use of toilets.

The tours of the trails begin at 7:00 p.m., since daylight is almost nil, as are the common sounds of the surrounding towns. With your guide, you will walk for about an hour until you reach the area where the fireflies gather, ready for their mating ritual.

The show lasts about 40 minutes, once it is over, the groups must leave the trails.

Recommendations for your trip

For the walk, wear comfortable, non-slip and waterproof shoes, since due to the rains you could find mud and/or puddles.

Wear a warm, waterproof jacket in dark tones, without reflective or fluorescent details.

It is recommended to bring an extra change of clothes and shoes in case of rain.

It is not allowed to enter the Firefly Sanctuary with umbrellas, flashlights, horns, cameras with flash, pets, or the use of cell phones and mosquito repellents.

The phenomenon is natural and its success is not guaranteed.

If they are afraid of the dark or feel uncomfortable, it is better not to do the activity.

The light alters the reproduction cycle of the fireflies, it is impossible to photograph the phenomenon if you do not have the necessary equipment, therefore the photographs are restricted to professionals.

The tour is done in silence.

If you bring children, they must be well behaved and respect the rules.

Do not take ANYTHING from the forest, or try to touch or take a firefly.

No eating or drinking is allowed during the tour.

Don’t leave garbage for anything in the world.

The firefly sanctuary is a very fragile environment. Let’s respect him and help protect him.

IMPORTANT: To help conserve these luminous beetles, there is a limit of visitors per day and it is important book in advance to secure your entry.

How to get?

  • By private car it is two hours from Mexico City. In your browser, choose the Sanctuary of the Fireflies as your destination. Take into account the hours.
  • By bus, you must leave the TAPO Bus Terminal and buy a ticket to Calpulalpan, Tlaxcala. From there, they can take public transport or taxi.
  • If you prefer, you can also go on a round trip tour from Mexico City. On this page You can find one that includes departures from the Monument to the Revolution on July 1, 8, 15 and 29 and August 5, roundtrip transportation, city tour of the Magical Town of Huamantla, natural and cured pulque tasting and guided tour for the sanctuary of the fireflies for a thousand pesos.
Photo: Johan Villalvazo

Where to Stay?

It is not necessary, but it is best to spend the night in one of the camps or hotels in the area. If you want to extend your stay, you can choose to stay in Nanacamilpa, Huamantla or a nearby town.

One option is the Las Candelas boutique hotel, located in the heart of the Magic Town of Huamantla. Its rates are 2,000 pesos and include entrance and a guided tour of the sanctuary and one night’s lodging.

But if yours is adventure and disconnection from the outside world in a quiet environment, luxury glamping (camping with glamor) Octli It has safari-type tents with a double bed, private bathroom and shower, and continental breakfast.

Prices vary according to the day you visit. On Friday it costs 5 thousand pesos; Saturday, 7 thousand; and from Sunday to Thursday, 4 thousand pesos per night. These rates are valid for a stay of two people. If you want to know more about staying in a luxury camp, We share this article with you.

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