A Day Trip from Puebla City: Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, Mexico 

It was 5.00am on a Sunday morning.

Pitch black and cold, we walked groggily towards our 3hr bus ride to Grutas de Cacahuamilpa and Taxco. A few taco stores were still open and scattered with the last standing post-party crowd. I got a cup of coffee from the nearest 7-11, and fell back into my magical world of clouds. It felt like only a second passed before I was shaken awake again.

I rubbed my eyes, and woke up to the sweet smell of caffeine on my sleeves. A quick glance down revealed coffee splattered all over my clothes.

Hopefully, there aren’t any creatures attracted to its scent.

Grutas de Cacamilpa 1 - A Day Trip from Puebla City Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

I was handed a ticket, and granted entry to the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park. This attraction is mainly popular for its caves, and tourists enjoy watching its transformation unfold through guided tours. Apart from this, visitors can also challenge themselves to rappeling, ziplining, and rock climbing. 

I came with a personal goal to determine if the attraction lived up to being one of the ‘World’s Largest Caves’. After the 2hr long tour, I was resolutely affirmed of its status.

Grutas de Cacamilpa 4 - A Day Trip from Puebla City Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Extraordinarily high ceilings of jagged limestone towered over us, and stretched across the entire space. Thick slabs of stone dominated centre stage, and left the smaller structures cowering in its presence. The air was heavy with water vapour, and we soon began to sweat despite the chill.

Grutas de Cacamilpa 3 - A Day Trip from Puebla City Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

A stout, balding 60 year old took the lead, and religiously recited the caves’ sacred story. His rusty, strained voice echoed, and left his words etched in stone. Often, he would be greeted by reassuring nods and the occasional exclamation of wonder. Unfortunately, I was not part of the Spanish-speaking crowd, and gradually found myself lost in his narrative. As I wondered along the cave, my friend Eng Hao translated the story of the grutas.

Cacahuamilpa is a ‘live’ cave, meaning that the formations are still very much alive, and changing in form. Groundwater flows naturally through the attraction, and water droplets fall from time to time.

It was like the cave’s friendly hello to its visitors.

Grutas de Cacamilpa 2 - A Day Trip from Puebla City Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

We trodded on wet, dimly-lit pathways, and continued the tour with sweat dripping from our faces. The darkness started getting to me, and I missed the warmth of natural light. Worse still, the only exit was the very entrance we stepped into.

In a bid to put an end to our adventure in the dark, we raced each other out of the grutas and burst into the bright, sunny open. I couldn’t imagine a more welcome  reunion with sunlight.

Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 5pm 
Cost: 
Adult – 75 pesos (S$6); Child – 65 pesos (S$5)
Address: Guerrero
Phone:
+52 01 721 104 0156
Pro-Tip:
Wear light clothes, and be prepared to embrace the darkness for 1-2 hours.


Taxco, Mexico 

If people watching and sitting in a cafe for hours sounds like a wonderful idea, Taxco is likely to be an ideal destination to you. An hour’s ride away from Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, this quaint little city is the best place to watch the world go by. Walk along the streets to sights of colourful houses, retro cars and two-storey restaurants.

It felt like we were in another country altogether.

A View of Taxco - A Day Trip from Puebla City Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Santa Prisca de Taxco - A Day Trip from Puebla City Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Santa Prisca de Taxco

Walk up steep streets to reach Plaza Borda, which is also known as the main square of Taxco. The Santa Prisca de Taxco stands right in the middle of the Zocalo and overlooks the entire area. Bubbles danced around while kids ran about squealing in excitement. Columns of helium balloons were put up for sale, along with bracelets, paintings, hats and crafts in a myriad of colours.

Opt to take a taxi up to the peak, or embark on an uphill climb towards to the top. The route up is extremely steep and is only meant for the fit and adventurous. If you get lost along the way, just say “Cristo Crey” or “Jesus”, and the locals will direct you back on track.

Jesus Statue on Taxco Peak A Day Trip from Puebla City Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Cristo Crey

Indeed, the views at the top will leave you breathless.

Taxco Peak 2 - A Day Trip from Puebla City Taxco & Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Apart from the gorgeous views at the peak, Taxco is also very well known for its silver jewelry. Bring some extra cash for a good shopping experience. You can check out Mercado de Artensanas or any shop along the streets for a memoir to bring home.

Address: Guerrero
Pro-Tip: 
Be prepared to hike up steep inclines.


There are many sides to Mexico and visiting these two attractions will only give you a brief glimpse of this beautiful country. If you have a weekend free, a day trip to these destinations will definitely be well worth your time!

 

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