On this, I have three comments:
One sometimes radio broadcasters do not realize to what extent can influence the development of immature and young fans mind.
Dos. In 1997 I had an immature and developing mind.
Three. There are places in this country, which I consider as a Mexican, an obligation to have visited at least once in a lifetime. And no, the "Science Tunnel" at Metro la Raza is not one of them.
Ok, maybe it is not mandatory to know the whole country. Each one, according to their means and interests, could decide where to vacation or which places to visit. Even in this (bonita chilangolandia [Mexico city]) there are over 100 museums and other sites of interest and I doubt, I really doubt that exist someone who knows all. Besides, surely everyone knows someone who has traveled far, that has visited even other countries, and do not know where the bakery is their neighborhood. To these people I say: Go and know your country! is nice, really.
This is relevant because this weekend I had the opportunity to visit a shrine of Monarch Butterflies. One of the activities that, as a Mexican, was pending. In a little over an hour and a half from Mexico city, heading to Valle de Bravo in the State of Mexico, is the Sanctuary La Piedra Herrada. One of the three shrines that exist in the State of Mexico, The other two are: El Capulín, in Donato Guerra town, and the other is called La Mesa, near Pueblo Mágico, El Oro.
The entrance to Piedra Herrada could be confused with any other of the valleys in La Marquesa. There are a zip-line, crafts, games and horse rental, very useful to climb the shrine. The entry fee includes a guide that takes you to the place. From the entrance and to the place where butterflies sleep, the distance is about 3.5 km more or less. An easy walk for anyone of average fitness. The real problem is rising about 1,200 meters in some sections becomes quite annoying due to the steep terrain and muddy from the recent rains. At this point is where you think you should have paid $150 pesos which is the cost of rental horse. But being young, strong and healthy a little walk about 40 minutes took us almost an hour and a half to reach the top . During the climb, comments like "At the first sight of a butterfly, we're going back " and "Next time we do rent horses" which conveniently went out of his way to promote his own half price to take us to the top. BEST OFFER EVER! Offer we refuse because we were determined to prove that this "little hiking" was not a big deal.
As we climbed, the butterflies began to be seen. First one, then another, and then groups of 4 or 5 bugs flitted along the way. These first sightings we used as motivation to continue, for 25 minutes more, the path that led us to where millions of lepidopteran thronged the tops of the trees. The soft buzz of millions of butterflies, in a low tone, constant, lulling. is a kind of a show you can imagine this is. One of those things that put you in touch with nature and makes you reflect on how small changes can be made by man in these ecosystems, we can destroy thousands of years of evolution that has taken them to reach their current form. Miguel, our guide, told us that the number of butterflies that arrive each year from Canada, has decreased in the last two years due to the industrialization of the forests where the eggs are laid and hatched caterpillars. He said that those who live from tourism generated by the monarch butterflies, hope this situation is reversed soon or we'll be left without butterflies. "Here we do our work," said Miguel, "We try to raise awareness to those who comes to visit, we try to make them understand that if you do not take care of nature, we will lose any opportunity to enjoy this and other great sights, as gray whales in Baja California or the coral reef off Quintana Roo in the Mexican Caribbean . After all we are all connected and we are part of the same".
Says an old Chinese proverb: "The flapping of a single butterfly can change the world."