Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park, located 52 kilometers from Taxco in Mexico is popular for its network of caverns. This is one of the world’s biggest cave systems at 1,500 hectares, and it is where the two subterranean rivers and the Grutas of Carlos Pacheco, which a smaller cave system are found. It also has two underground rivers namely the San Jeronimo at 12 kilometers long and Chontalcoatlan at 8 kilometers long. All in all, the national park, is composed of a botanical garden, pool, camp sites, rivers, and cavern systems.

This place has been discovered by Manuel Saenz de la Pena in 1835 but only in 1866 was the first visit to the cave was made by Pater Dominik Bilimek. In 1922, it was first surveyed with a length of 1380 meters with its mouth at 21 meters in height and 42 meters wide. This cavern system is known to be protected since the year 1936.

There are recreational activities while in the park. These activities mostly enjoyed by visitors are rock climbing, rappelling, excursion, swimming, guided tours, visiting a botanical garden, sightseeing, swimming and picture taking. Inside the 10 kilometer long cavern, visitors can explore more than its first two kilometres which is really designed for easy navigation. Along the trip, limestone sculptures are revealed which show the cavern’s natural beauty. The cavern system’s temperature is constantly cold with moist air regardless of the temperature outside.

The best time to Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park is during the wet season (June to October). This is when the surroundings are blooming in green.