Sotano del Barro

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Sotano del Barro is a 9.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Arroyo Seco, Querétaro, Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from November until July. Horses are also able to use this trail.

9.8 km
901 m
Out & Back




horseback riding

rock climbing




wild flowers



no dogs

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.

2 months ago

I decided to visit the Sótano del Barro and see the guacamayas (macaws) leaving the cave. To do this, I had to leave at 2am from Jalpan de Serra to get to the trailhead on time to start walking and be ready at the sinkhole before the sunrise. Hiking in the dark and on a sloping trail was an exciting experience for me, I had to use a headlamp to see the path but it was easy with the help of the guide. Once at the top, and contemplating the sinkhole, the beautiful landscape and the flight of the macaws, I felt it was worth the effort.