Astonishing eco-activity in Tolantongo
By Jock Ferguson
The Centre for Global Justice will return to the wonderful Grutas de Tolantongo ecological site from Monday, February 24, until Thursday, February 27. We have great walking and hiking options there that will give active participants exceptional views of this entire unique area—one of the most attractive in all of Mexico.Trip Tolantongo Mon, Feb 24–Thu, Feb 27 By the Center for Global Justice 3,500 pesos per person 150-0025, Olivia Canales
This special ejido group operates as a co-operative. It is considered one of the top co-ops in Mexico given the quality of their operations. It has a website that gives you good initial views of the Tolantongo location that is surrounded by gorgeous green mountains. www.grutastolantongo.com.mx
Tolantongo is on the east side of Hidalgo State, just about a four-hour drive from San Miguel. Getting close to this amazing location gives you a special view of the unique range of connected mountains. As you start to go down to the Grutas Tolantongo site, the vehicles enter a well-surfaced white dirt road and go down over a thousand meters.
In the bottom base of Tolantongo there is a stunning blue, warm water riverbed that flows year round out of the unique Grutas mountain cave. You can sit in the cave and get showered by the warm water flowing down. In addition, there is warm water flowing down the surface of the surrounding mountains and a good amount is captured by a good number of hangout sitting pools made by the special co-op.
Tolantongo can attract up to 6,000 people every weekend to camp on this unique riverbed area. Smaller numbers stay in the ejido group’s 174 hotel rooms.
Given the huge numbers on the weekend, Global Justice always visits in mid-week and we usually reside for three nights in hotel rooms in the upper level of Tolantongo with a spectacular view of this area.
Global Justice has been to Tolantongo many times so we know how to physically explore this absorbing area on both sides of the warm riverbed so you get to see amazingly different greenery with a good variety of plants, cactus, trees—including fruit trees as well as unique species of birds.
There is a wonderful trail that takes you down from the upper hotel area, close to the riverbed. In addition, there is a zip slide (Tirolesa) option to quickly go down to the riverbed area. You can see it on the website. It is also easy to walk down to the riverbed—and then back up —on the main white entrance road that the group keeps clean and safe.
It will cost 3,500 pesos per person and approximately 50 pesos per person for any needed private transportation. The costs include the entrance fee, the hotel room fees and food.
Contact for the trip: Olivia Canales, 150-0025 at Global Justice.