A Walk Through The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary With Javier

"Guide In El Rosario Sanctuary"
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Balancing Work In The Fields And Work As A Guide
It is difficult to balance work, as I have to be awake by 7:00 a.m. and continue through to 1:00 a.m. the next morning, sometimes without taking any meals. In the morning I sometimes have tea and then leave for work in the fields before I report to the front office of the sanctuary at 8:00 am. At the office, the other guides gather and a list gets passed around from the "head guide". This list has each guide's name in a certain order and is used to control who assists the tourists as they arrive. Thus the guides serve the tourists on a rotating basis and in the early months or especially during the week it is not nearly as busy, therefore we don't need to use this list.I usually start my tour with introductions, a "sign-in" at the visitor's center and an announcement that I will not have all the answers, as I NEVER want to explain something I do not understand. I also prefer to walk my guests up to the colonies allowing them to save their energy for the hike, thus waiting to discuss their observations at the top.

Javier with his entire family outside their home on the ejido El Rosario.

Javier on a tour, explaining the displays at the Visitor's Center and the signs
along the path near the butterfly colonies.

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