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8 Minutes of Joy: Firefly Sanctuary



Follow adventure traveler Mike Corey into the Magic Forest near Nanacamilpa, Tlaxcala, Mexico, to see one of the most amazing sights of nature: the nocturnal lightshow caused by millions of fireflies at the Santuario de las Luciérnagas – the Firefly Sanctuary.


Every summer, from late June through early August, swarms of fireflies illuminate the darkened forest from approximately 8 to 9:30 pm in a mad, twinkling search for a mating partner.


“Visiting the Firefly sanctuary […] was completely unbelievable,” notes Mike. “Thousands of them and spinning and swirling around us and into the treetops. Lighting up IN SYNC with each other like a coordinated light show. It didn't feel like planet earth, it felt like I stood up too fast and was seeing stars, it felt like I stepped into fantasy.”

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