Caves are a gamble. Some are so smelly and claustrophobic that they are 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 examples of deep, dark and delightful caviness even to those of use who can’t spell spelunker let alone define it. Cacahuamilpas Caves National Park in Mexico is one such cave system.
The Cacahuamilpa cave system, in the northeast of Guerrero State in 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 those 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.