Although Monterrey is better known for its hot air balloon tours, economic advances, world-class museums and zipline tours, it is also home to some of the most spectacular cave systems which can be found north of the country.
Grutas de Garcia, in particular, is a noteworthy entry to any itinerary.
Located about 18 miles outside the state capital, this natural wonder is considered to be one of the foremost caves in Mexico, estimated to be over 60 million years old. In prehistoric times the cave system was submerged under the sea, and to this day remains of marine fossils can be found inside.
Access to the cave is reached via a mountain lift that takes about 10 minutes. And once inside you can follow two paths. The first consists of a two-hour tour, and the second is a half-mile walk through the interior, that lasts about 45 minutes.
One of the most beautiful alcoves is called “The Hall of Light”, which is illuminated by sunlight that descends from a hole in the roof of the cave. And another,”The Eighth Wonder”, is where stalactites and stalagmites join to form a column in the center.
So if exploration, and a peek into history is your thing, be sure that the next time you travel to Mexico, or you are simply on the lookout for things to do in Monterrey, add Grutas de Garcia to the list.