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Sótano del Barro, the natural wonder in Queretaro

El Sótano del Barro is one of the most incredible places you can visit in Queretaro. This natural wonder, is considered the largest chasm (underground cavity) in the world. With 500 meters in diameter and 450 of free fall.

El Sótano del Barro is an ideal place for lovers of vegetation and ecotourism, here you can camp or go hiking. The best time to visit this place is after the rainy season. To get to the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve (where the basement is located), you will have to be ready for a great journey.

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What to do and how to get to the Sótano del Barro?

First you will take federal highway number 29, from Jalpan to Río Verde, turn off at kilometer 24 and cross 11 kilometers of dirt road. From the community of Puerto de Ayutla to Santa María de Cocos.

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From this point you will walk about 7 kilometers (about two hours) through the forest, the locals can tell you how to get there. But we consider it essential that you look for a local guide. They know the roads like the back of their hand.

This geological wonder is home to various species (more than 130 species of mammals. And, some species in danger of extinction. Like the jaguar or the green macaw). But the landscape is unmatched.

Caving activities are prohibited because they can disturb macaws. However, it is possible to admire these beautiful birds. They usually leave their nests at 7 in the morning and return at sunset.

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To see this wonderful spectacle, you can spend the night in the cabins of Santa María de Cocos before starting your ascent. Which will begin around 5 in the morning, the ascent and descent can be done on foot or by donkey.

Plan your trip, take your camera and live an incomparable experience in the Sótano del Barro.


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