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Grottos of Tolantongo

Tolantongo Caves (Grottos of Tolantongo) are a set of caves and grottos in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. This beautiful set of caves (grottos) is the ideal place to spend an unforgettable day, surrounded by nature.

The caves themselves are fascinating to explore. You can wander through the tunnels and chambers of the caves, marveling at the stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years.

The place has a main cave (karst cave) or grotto in which water flows towards the Tolantongo River, and there is also a smaller tunnel, approximately 15 m, both on the same wall of the Tolantongo Canyon.

From the main grotto hot springs flow to the river, where two different tourist complexes are located. These have camping areas, several swimming pools, restaurants, hotels, cabins, shops, and recreation areas.

Tolantongo thermal pools are naturally heated by underground volcanic activity. The mineral-rich waters of Tolantongo are believed to have therapeutic properties and give relief from stress and muscle tension.

In addition to the man-made thermal pools, Tolantongo boasts several natural hot springs. These pools are often nestled in remote spots along the river, providing a tranquil and secluded bathing experience.

Thrill seekers can also enjoy the thrill of zipline.

The Tolantongo area also allows camping and offers camping sites to spend the night surrounded by nature. Camping under the stars in this remote canyon is an unforgettable experience for foreign and local tourists.

Weekends and holidays bring in large crowds of people.

Before visiting Tolantongo Caves, be sure to check local regulations, as visitor access and amenities may vary. It’s also advisable to go during the off-peak season if you prefer a quieter and more tranquil experience.

How to get there

From Mexico City or Querétaro, you can take a bus to Ixmiquilpan.

Upon arriving in Ixmiquilpan, you can hire a taxi or take a colectivo (shared van) to reach Tolantongo. The journey to Tolantongo Caves from Ixmiquilpan takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours by road.

The route is well-traveled by both locals and tourists.

Once you arrive in Tolantongo, you’ll need to purchase an entrance ticket to access the canyon and caves. The ticket typically includes access to the thermal pools and other facilities.

Tourist information

  • Check the latest travel advisories and local regulations, as conditions and requirements may change.
  • Arrive during daylight hours, as the road to Tolantongo can be challenging to navigate at night.
  • Bring essentials such as swimwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, and cash for entrance fees.
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