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Grutas de Garcia

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Grutas de Garcia
  • (worth a detour)
  • 3-5 km
  • Moderate
  • Average
  • 2 hours
  • 2 2

A cave with marine fossils and impressive rock formations inside

Adults : $80 pesos Children: $60 pesos

Grutas de Garcia are caves located in El Fraile Mountain inside the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, only 30 kilometers away from the city of Monterrey.


The caves formed about 60 million years ago but were only found by the Marmolejo Family who later told a priest about them about three decades ago and at one point, they were located under the ocean – proof of this can be easily seen as you enter the cave and look at the walls covered with marine fossils.


Aside from the fossils, the cave is home to many impressive rock formations such as stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is diveded into chambers called “El Salón de la Luz” (The Chamber of Light), where light goes in through the ceiling; “La Octava Maravilla” (The Eight Wonder”), where a column is form by stalactites and stalagmites; and “El Salón de Aire” (The Chamber of Air), where there is a 40 meter high balcony.


Many formations are so impressive that they have their own name: “El Mirador de la Mano” (The hand viewer), is a stalagmite that looks like a hand; “El Nacimiento” (The Birth), “La Fuente Congelada” (The Frozen Fountain), “El Árbol de Navidad” (The Christmas Tree”) and many, many more that will surely leave you speechless.


The way to reach them is via a cable car that will take you right into the entrance but there is also a hiking trail available for those looking to make a day out of their visit.

Opening hours

9:00 - 17:00