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Nanacamilpa Firefly Forests

Millions of fireflies mate in during the months of June, July and August in this forest sanctuary that is open to visitors.

These pine tree forests have a special climate which make a perfect home for the fireflies, scientifically known as Macrolampis palaciosi. The forests are at 3000m above sea level and it rains a lot, making the environment very humid and always wet.

What you should consider

  • It’s a protected area covering 632 hectares; only 20 of those are authorized for tourist activities
  • There is no cell service
  • To keep light pollution at a minimum and to not disturb the fireflies, lights may be turned off and you cannot use flashlights or flash on your camera. Be prepared to walk in total darkness
  • Stay with your group and do not leave the path
  • Be as quiet as possible

How to get there?

From Mexico City, it’s a two-hour drive east to the municipality of Nanacamilpa.
There are a few local businesses that offer the firefly viewing experience.

Tourist Assistance + Emergency Numbers

You can dial 078 from any phone, where you can find free information about tourist attractions, airports, travel agencies, car rental companies, embassies and consulates, fairs and exhibitions, hotels, hospitals, financial services, migratory and other issues.

Or dial the toll-free (in Mexico) number 01-800-006-8839.

You can also request information to the email


General Information: 040 (not free)

National Emergency Service: 911

Radio Patrols: 066
Police (Emergency): 060
Civil Protection: +52(55)5683-2222
Anonymous Complaint: 089

Setravi (Transport Mobility): +52(55)5209-9913
Road Emergency: 074

Cruz Roja: 065 o +52(55)5557-5757
Firefighters: 068 o +52(55)5768-3700

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