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Over the hills of the Sierra Gorda, a hole has remained open giving you a glance into the planet's bowels. When looking into its depths, you can feel as though you let yourself fall into the fascination it engenders. At 500 meters in diameter and 450 m of free fall, this is truly one of the deepest abysses on Earth. It also houses a great diversity of fauna, among which the Military Macaw stands out. This endangered species' flock exits the pit each morning, which is, without a doubt, one of the most astounding spectacles. The voyage to get there is for the bold: 26 km of dirt road from the community of Puerto de Ayutla and two hours crossing a dense forest.

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This space does not have a schedule although all tours to el Sótano del Barro begin at dawn so that at sunrise you can see the Military Macaw birds that live in this soil formation fly out of it.

Activities

Bird watching, hiking, camping.

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El Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda offers eco-lodging for those who want an unequaled experience.

sierragorda.net/ecoturismo/reserva_cont.php?sPage=santa_maria.html

Tips

Do this tour accompanied and guided.

Recommendations

Take comfortable shoes for the walk.

How to get there

To get to Santa María de Cocos you have to take highway No. 29 from Jalpan to Río Verde. You will turn at km 24 and go 11 km along a dirt road that is in good conditions. Once in Santa María the locals can help you get to the mouth of the Sótano.

Average climate

The weather is semi-dry: sunny days, cool afternoons during the winter and rains in the summer.

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Name: Descubre Turismo Alternativo
Address: Río de la Loza No.6, interior 3, Col. Centro Histórico
Colony: Centro Histórico
Town: Santiago de Querétaro
Phone: (442) 212 4565 / 214 4877
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Culture, adventure and legends. Tours in Queretaro, Bernal, San Joaquin, Peñamiller, Pinal de Amoles and the Sierra Gorda.

Name: EXXI CHALLENGE MÉXICO
Address: Prol. Av. Tecnológico 801, 3°piso, int.12 Plaza Borregos Tec
Colony: San Pablo
Town: Santiago de Querétaro
Phone: (442) 2252640 / C. 045 (442) 3648179
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Hotel Balneario Ayutla
3 Estrellas
Carr. Jalpan-Río Verde Km. 28.2
(487) 01 800 561 257
Hotel Misión Hacienda Concá
3 Estrellas
Carr. Jalpan -Río Verde Km. 32
(487) 877 4251 / 877 4251
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