Best cave trails in Mexico

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Explore the most popular cave trails in Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of cave trails in Mexico
Top trails (20)
#1 - Puente de Dios-Rio Escanela
Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
The trailhead to the Puente de Dios is located near the river just passing the small shops and restrooms (21.19672, -99.60590). The path goes along the riverbank, crossing the river several times using small wooden bridges. About a mile in, you will come across Angostura Canyon; a small section of the trail made of cement goes by the canyon wall. Stop for a moment and contemplate the landscape, touch the crystal clear fresh water and listen its sound. Almost arriving to the Puente de Dios, you will find small springs of fresh water. It is pure clear water. The Puente de Dios is a grotto and a waterfall in the same beautiful place. There are small areas where you can swim. Show more
#2 - Cerro San Isidro
Terrazas Del Valle, Baja California, Mexico
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
#3 - Sotano del Barro
Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
Beautiful, but difficult trail in the Sierra Gorda. It features one of the deepest sinkholes in the world, and is also home of the military macaws (Ara militaris), a beautiful green and noisy large parrot and medium-sized macaw. Although you can do it on your own, you can contact an agency in Jalpan de Serra. A guide will take you to the small community of Santa Maria de Cocos and then another guide from the community will be assigned. The trailhead is at the end of the small community near the basketball court (21.32833, -99.65302). From this point you will walk up for about 2 hours on a well-marked, but steep trail until you arrive to the sinkhole. If you want to see the macaws, leave the cave early in the morning. You need to be at the trailhead at about 4am (this depends on the time of sunrise). Your guide will give you a head lamp to illuminate the trail and see where to walk. At the top, you will enjoy watching the birds flying out of the cave, an unforgettable experience! A good pair of hiking boots and a stick will help you a lot, especially when going down. Be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water.Show more
#4 - Cueva de las Iglesias
Lerdo, Durango, Mexico
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#5 - Cora Waterfall Trail
San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 16 m
#6 - Cerro de La Silleta
Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
Cerro de la Silleta is located in a small community near Xilitla, S.L.P. Mexico. When you arrive there you have to register and pay a fee to a committee that maintains the trail and they assign you a guide, an inhabitant of the small town who accompanies you on the walk. It is recommended that you hire a tour agency in Cd. Valles or in Xilitla to take you to this community and they will arrange the registration even if it is a simple process. The whole path is uphill and most of the time you walk by steps of cement, stone or wooden logs, and you gain an elevation of about 2300 feet from the trailhead. In about 1.7 miles from the trailhead you arrive to a tower from where you can contemplate the beautiful landscape, at this place you decide if you want to return or continue to the top of the mountain. The last part is the most difficult because you have to climb the rocks that are too steep, but once on the top you will feel a great satisfaction. Take a moment, sit on the rocks and enjoy the gorgeous vista of the mountains, you cannot imagine how beautiful this place is. Be careful when you return, there are some sections of the rocks that are almost vertical, it is a good idea to carry ropes and use them to go down. This is a wonderful place with incredible views, hiking in the middle of beautiful plants and trees, it is worth going all the way to the top of the mountain, it will be and unforgettable experience. Although it is recommended to visit the trail from November to June, check the weather and availability before you plan to go, there are some months that you can enjoy more, maybe not the ones recommended. Sunny days, cloudy, with fog or rain, you decide, you will love it Show more
#7 - Cueva Cerro Peña Blanca
Atzacan, Veracruz, Mexico
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
#8 - Cueva de la Virgen
Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, Mexico
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
#9 - Cueva de los Riscos
Pinal de Amoles, Querétaro, Mexico
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#10 - Camino a la Cueva de San Ignacio
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Start from substation above ISSSTE clinic. Make your way up to the cave of san Ignacio. Continue along the path through another cave until you reach some short concrete steps. Continue steeply up to the left. Very steep and scramble but pick a good path, sticking to the right as you get to the saddle. Continue around to the right, past a small cross and follow a short gulley until you reach some steps carved into the rock on the right. Continue along the top until the big summit cross appears. A bit up and down, some all four action is needed but worth it for the view. Return the same way, or turn right at the top of the saddle and make your way down the spur until a path appears on the right before another smaller rock outcrop. Pretty loose and steep, but it eventually eases off. Pass through another small cave tunnel and continue on to the san ignacio cave. Option to descend down a different spur, but path is less easy to follow. Go all the way down to ISSSTE for a pretty great Guacamaya sandwich or to guanajuato boulevard for one of the best coffees in town at Ingrato cafe!Show more
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