Caves are a gamble. Some are so smelly and claustrophobic that they’re really only enjoyed by folks who love headlamps and own special sacrificial “caving clothes.” Other caves are totally accessible…but boring as a walk through someone’s cellar. Then there are caves which offer up amazing deep, dark and delightful sights that can be enjoyed even to those of use who can’t spell spelunker. Cacahuamilpas Caves National Park in Mexico is one such cave system.
Exploring the Cacahuamilpa cave system in Mexico
The Cacahuamilpa cave system, in the northeast of Guerrero State between Taxco and Cuernavaca, is so awesome that Mexico made it a National Park called Cacahuamilpa Caves National Park (Parque Nacional Grutas Cacahuamilpa). One of the largest cave systems in the world, it has not one but two rivers running through it.
Sixty five pesos per person (about US$5.50) gets you into the park and gets you a guide for a tour that lasts about an hour. You can go into the cave without a guide but they’re the only ones who can turn on the lights and you definitely want the lights on.
Cacahuamilpa is what speulunkers call a “live” cave system. This means that water is still present and working its magic creating flowstones, stalagmites, stalagtites, and who knows what else. Another plus? Really no cave-y smell from bird or bat guano except right at the entrance.
Explore one of the largest cave systems in the world for yourself in our video, below, shot from inside the Cacahuamilpa cave.
No cave guide worth his headlamp would let visitors go home without pointing out the “unique” formations in his or her cave. Our Spanish-speaking guide took great pleasure in pointing out witches and horse heads and something he called “El Negrito” (an unusual black rock formation) depicted in various natural formations during our tour.