La Gruta

La Gruta

La Gruta pools

So, La Gruta (the grotto) has been on my list of things to see & do from the very start. I was really starting to believe that I would never get there. Somehow, not having a car & not understanding the bus/taxi system, out-of-town seems like the impossible dream. Or maybe it’s like Brigadoon- if I go too far from SMA, it may melt away.

Luckily for me, I met CZ at the mole/adobo cooking class, who had already decided that she would be doing La Gruta in her precious 2 wks in SMA. So (being an opportunist), I tagged along.

First, we went to the church at Atotonilco (say that 3 times fast, I dare you!)  and took pix, then on to La Gruta. The weather has finally warmed up, but according to a habitue of the springs, they were colder than usual.

The highlight is a pool that is accessed by a long rock-masonry tunnel. It ends in a dome, all done in local rock, with a few glass inlays for light. Sort of like a kiva? But it’s the warmest water, and at 1 PM, hot water directly from the springs poured out from a pipe. There is no way to get a camera in there. It is very like being in the womb of the Earth. I can’t explain it better than that. Shafts of light, warm water pouring in, and floating in the mineral water…

More pix here

Tips from the locals: great for hangovers, avoid on wkends. negotiate cab fare & arrange for pickup after 2.5 hrs. Do not pay until return trip! (Now I know!)

4 Responses to “La Gruta”

  1. Brad says:

    As always, great photos and a wonderful look at what I will never see.

  2. Sara says:

    Oh, have you & Sandy been banned from Mexico? 😉

  3. Brad says:

    Sara, since we found in Greece what you are finding in Mexico, and since life does not permit unlimited travel to everywhere, Mexico is not up high on our list. That makes it doubly rewarding to see it through your eyes!

  4. Sara says:

    Yes, that makes sense. So many places, so few frequent flier miles! But I still intend to get to Greece one of these days… (Fair warning, Greece! Break out the ouzo & retsina!)