3 Days inMonterrey- Colla de Caballo and Grutas de Garcia

40 Kilometers off Monterrey near the town of Santiago lie the falls of Coll de Caballo (Horse tail falls). An 82 feet cascade that resembles a horse tail.

Colla de Caballo falls

Colla de Caballo falls

One can reach the fall through a short walk, on a horseback or on a carriage. With time on hand one can also explore the flora and fauna on natural trails. Once a while you can also capture some natural beauties:

Colla de Caballo

Colla de Caballo

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Chica Guapa

For an adrenal rush the area provides bungee jumps from a cliff top and some fine dining. One can also find peacocks vying for attention. This one followed us and then proudly posed for a picture:

Colla de Caballo

Colla de Caballo

Grutas de Garcia (Garcia caves) lie about 30 kms off Monterrey. Access to the cavesis through an aerial tramway or through a steep but well paved path up the mountain. Formed 50to 60 million years ago the caves are home to interesting stalactites and stalagmites.

Grutas de Garcia

Grutas de Garcia

There a many interesting stalagmites and stalactites. One of the most spectacular chambers is known as “El salón de la luz” (The Light Chamber) named because of the natural clarity of the rock on the ceiling allowing light from outside to filter through.

“La octava maravilla” (The Eighth Wonder) is a formation in the cave where a stalagmite connected with a stalactite to form a column.

La Octava Maravilla

La Octava Maravilla

“El mirador de la mano”, is a stalagmite that formed a shape that resembles a human hand. Hanging on the ceiling is a cross formation and below the hand lies a square piece of rock in the shape of a coffin.

El mirador de la mano

El mirador de la mano

There are numerous other formations that are fascinating like: “El Nacimiento” (The Nativity), “La Fuente Congelada” (The Frozen Fountain), “La Torre China” (The Chinese Tower), “El teatro” (The Theatre), and “El Árbol de Navidad” (The Christmas Tree).

El Teatro

El Teatro

Grutas de Garcia

Grutas de Garcia

Burning Fires of Hell

Burning Fires of Hell

(More pictures at surendra.smugmug.com)

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