I just heard about a river in Mexico, known as Grutas de Tolantongo Hidalgo, where the warm, turquoise colored water cascades down the canyon walls, creating swimming pools in caves and terraced baths along the hillside. So, pristine water, natural beauty, and thermal pools – it sounds like our kind of place.
There is plenty to see and do at Grutas de Tolantongo. They have:
- Over forty thermal pools
- Tunnels and caves to explore
- Massages and clay mask treatments
- Pool with a waterslide
- Suspension bridge
- Grottos with swimming pools inside
There are two communities, on either side of the river, that are working hard to make Tolantongo accessible to visitors. They built roads and developed the area with care and sensitivity to preservation.
If you wish to stay the night, the folks at Grutas de Tolantongo have built small hotels (there are 4 separate lodges). Alternatively, you could rent a tent, mattress, and blankets and camp along the river. There is also an on-site restaurant.
It looks like it can get busy at the river. Like many places in Mexico, you’ll have a chance to play alongside other families, meet new friends and, on some days, embrace the crowds!
An important note: The hotels do not take reservations and there is NO ATM on site.
Grutas de Tolantongo is located approximately 3.5 hours north of Mexico City and 1 hour west of San Cristobal.
Getting to Tolantongo via bus
All photos are courtesy of Grutas de Tolantongo.