The easiest way to get to us is through the city of Zitácuaro (zee TAK war o), which is on the very eastern edge of the state of Michoacán. We are located 17 km or 10.4 miles outside of Zitácuaro in the village of Macheros in the State of Mexico. Zitácuaro is a two hour bus ride from Mexico City and a three hour bus ride from Morelia. In a car, these travel times are slightly shorter.
From Mexico City, go to the Observatorio terminal, also known as Poniente, and buy a “directo” ticket with a company called La Linea for Zitácuaro. Buses leave every 40 minutes during the week and every half hour on weekends. Buses leave the terminal in Morelia for Zitacuaro every hour with a company called Alegra. There is very little accurate information about Mexican buses online, but they run regularly all day long. Go to the terminal to get a ticket.
When you arrive in Zitacuaro walk outside the terminal to catch a taxi to our place. We are in the center of Macheros in the Estado de Mexico in the white two story building with blue trim to the left of the church in the center of town.
One taxista we’ve worked with a lot is Rene who drives taxi # 31. His cell is 715 127 8400, and he can be found waiting outside the terminal to the right in front of a pawn shop called First Cash. Since the gas price hike, Rene charges 300 pesos for the ride (per car, not person). Other taxistas may charge less. Note that most taxi drivers will charge you more for the ride if you get here after dark.
For the budget traveler, there is also a public transportation service called a combi (a refitted VW bus). Exit the bus station and cross the street. The combis leave from the street that is to the left of the large supermarket in front of you. Take one that goes to Aputzio de Juarez or to El Rincon and get off at La Piedra. La Piedra is the on the border of the state of Mexico, where the combis are not authorized to operate. There are usually taxis waiting here if you arrive before dark: take one to Macheros from there (ask them to make a left at the church). Note that if you are traveling solo, the taxis won’t leave until they have another fare.
All the way from Mexico City by Taxi
Buses are generally comfy, safe and efficient in Mexico. Nonetheless, many visitors ask us about taking a taxi all the way from the airport or from their hotel in Mexico City to our place. Javier Santiago is one driver who offers this service. He speaks English and can be contacted at 55-1834-3418. Mexico City taxi driver Jesus Torres also knows how to find us. He can be reached at 55 6631 0425, but note that he does not speak English. Fares are upwards of 3200 MXN each way.
Please note: People who try to drive to us after dark tend to get lost. Please do your driving during daylight hours, when the landmarks you’re looking for are visible. Thanks to the 21 speed bumps and numerous pot holes you must negotiate on this journey, the trip to our place takes about half an hour.
2. Continue straight on this road. You will see signs for the small communities of El Aguacate and Silba de Abajo. Watch out for potholes and speed bumps.
3. After 9 km, the road will fork where there is a two-story blue and white police substation. This location is called La Piedra or La Colonia: Go left here.
4. Stay on this winding road another 6 km. If your GPS tries to send you to the left where the road forks, ignore it: stay right on the paved road. You do not need to go off road to reach us. If you have stayed on the right road, you will pass through a community called Llano Redondo. When the road curves sharply to the right and there are signs that say PARADOR, make a left and pass under the white archway that says MACHEROS. If you see the El Capulin entry to the butterfly reserve, you have gone too far.
5. In Macheros, keep going straight. When you see the church in the middle of town, make a left. We are in the two-story white house that is across the street from the church, right before the pavement ends.
6. Our GPS coordinates are 19° 21’ 47.1” and -100° 17’ 31.0” But be warned, relying on GPS alone has led some visitors onto off-road adventures up the sides of mountains, otherwise known as getting lost.