|Location:||9km from Villa de Garcia, Sierra del Fraile. Northwest of Monterrey. Exipantla|
|Open:||Adults USD 5.50, includes funicular ride.|
|Fee:||All year daily 9-17.|
Long tour: D=120min, L=2,000m.
Short tour: D=45min, L=1,000m.
|Address:||Grutas de Garcia|
|Last update:||$Date: 2011/12/13 09:02:57 $|
|1843||discovered by a parish priest, father Juan Antonio de SobreVilla.|
Grutas de Garcia was named after the nearby town Villa de Garcia. The cave is reached on a road through the Sierra del Fraile. The parking lot with shop is 700m below the cave entrance. The entrance is reached by a funicular or by foot on a paved path.
The funicular or incline railway runs on a single track straight uphill. Two cars on both ends of the cable, one going up, the other going down, meeting halfways at a short two lane siding.
The funimag has several drawbacks, which make the ride a bit adventurous. The cars start horizontal and ends very steep at the upper station. The seats are slanted, but not the doors, so getting in or out at the upper station is very uncomfortable. So I heard, the funicular is supposed to be replaced by an aerial cable way.
If you are fit enough, the path is an interesting alternative, as you have a really nice view. The path is well prepared and the walk is easy, despite the height difference and the typically high temperatures. A possible combination is to ride up and walk down.
The cave has numerous interesting speleothems, unfortunately some coloured lights make them look a bit mawkishly. Very interesting is a big rock face showing fossilized plants. Other fossils, like shells, can also be seen.
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