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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cacahuamilpa Grottoes,

In the Caves National Park are Cacahuawamilpa which are perhaps the largest caves in the world. Nationally it is one of the most visited by lovers of caving sites. These caves are located in the Sierra Madre del Sur , Mexico . Mainly cover the state of Guerrero in the municipalities of Pilcaya , Tetipac and Taxco , but also extending in the state of Morelos in the municipality of Rio Coatlan . They were discovered in 1834 by Manuel Saenz Peña in 1936 and declared a National Park. Considered among the most impressive in
the world , the Caves of Cacahuamilpa stored inside an endless series of whimsical figures that cause the admiration of all visitors . You can visit up to ninety rooms , all conveniently iluminados.

Las caves are open to the public and there are daily tours , starting at 10.00 , the tours last two hours , walking 2 km . It has an altitudinal range comprised between 960 and 1,800 meters. It has a warm climate and vegetation of semi- deciduous forest represented by bipinnata Bursera Bursera Bursera jorullensis copallifera and , for the manufacture of utensils or the cirián Crescencia ( Crescentia cujete ) and cadili ( Crescentia alata ) used . Wildlife is abundant , highlighting the cacomisel ( Bassariscus astutus ) , or badger the coati ( Nasua narica ) , raccoon (Procyon lotor) , Rattlesnake (Crotalus sp. ) , Iguana (Ctenosaura sp. ), The green iguana (Iguana iguana) , the buzzard ( Sarcoramphus sp. ) , puma ( Felis concolor) , margay ( Leopardus wiedii ) and lynx (Lynx rufus). In rainy season, the forest shows a lush appearance, while in dry dominates a landscape of bare trees . The park features limestone hills , crossed by groundwater from the rivers of San Jerónimo and Chontalcoatlán , that shaped the resurgence of Dos Bocas and then form the Amacuzac River, a tributary of the Balsas , and empties into the Pacific Ocean.

The major attractions of the park are the routes established within the caves , whose length is 1,380 m, and the possibility of caving . Access to the park by the Mexico City -Taxco road or the Toluca - Ixtapan - Taxco.Dentro Grotto there are tunnels with a length of up to 10 km. The height of the cave ranges from 30 m at the bottom and 70 meters at the top . It has 90 rooms (very large cavities) lit artificial and naturally covered with limestone concretions hanging from your ceiling ( stalactites ) and that amount of soil ( stalagmites ) . These natural formations are faces, faces and figures , as seen in the salons of the Goat , the throne , the source , the palms , the cathedral This stunning park covers an area of ​​protected 2,700 ha, comprising mostly forest areas that are in the uplands of the caves and the birth of Amacuzac river. In this park , plus the ability to perform the activities appropriate to the caves caving, you can make picnics, backpacking, hiking and observing wildlife and landscape. The vegetation of this national park is mostly composed of low forest , which provides habitat for large populations of animals such as iguana, badger, ringtail , raccoon , reptiles like boa and the rattlesnake , vulture, quail , eagle and some cats such as the bobcat , ocelot , puma and ocelot .

  WHAT IS THE COST OF ENTRY TICKET TO THE CAVES , THERE A DISCOUNT ? - The cost of the entrance to the caves varies by person from $ 50 pesos per person ( do not know if there are discounts for groups or students and / or visitors , however it is very likely) Check - in Time : every hour , beginning at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm - Duration of Travel to the caves : 2 hours - Prohibition: Smoking inside the caves , damage or impair them. WHERE CAN I SEE MORE INFORMATION ON THE CAVES Cacahuawamilpa ?