Friday, March 14, 2014

Grutas De La Estrella / Ixtapan De La Sal

 Okay, I know that I went to Mexico last November and that I probably have no business putting up pictures from that long ago, but really, I've you have ever been you know my reasoning behind my professed love for this wonderful country. The landscape, the people, the food, everything about it. In this post I wanted to share some pictures from "Las Grutas De La Estrella" located in a small town of Tonatico not to far from Toluca. It is the main attraction and one hell of a geographical location, where one can see magnificent stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over hundreds of years. To get those caves one must descend down a trail of about 500 stairs which is surrounded by gorgeous, luscious trees and a stunning view of the horizon at certain rest stops. Once you descend down you are greeted by a river so serene and peaceful you forget their civilization 500 steps above you.
Is this not perfection?!
Once you get down to the base of the caves, a tour guide takes you down and begins to explain the amazing story of how they formed, the importance of them to the people, environment, and animals. He shows you in such great detail certain stalactites and stalagmites and explains with great enthusiasm the magnificence of these caves. When we arrived we were the only ones there and they had just opened, so we had a private tour of the whole thing.

Once you resurface, you can purchase these cute little souvenirs that a local craftsman makes right in front of you from tree trunk wood.

 After our little excursion, we stopped at one of Mexico's "Pueblos Magicos" o magical towns, Ixtapan De La Sal.  These magical pueblos are small and possess rich traditions and quaint architecture, which represent a part of the Mexican culture.

If you ever get a chance to visit el Estado De Mexico, I recommend you take the time to go visit the Grutas and do some exploring in the nearby pueblo of Ixtapan De La Sal, you won't regret it!
<3 Stef
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