We stayed home this Semana Santa, and we've been enjoying the silence of the city, driving around town without traffic, and eating at some of the restaurants we've been wanting to try.
Yesterday, we took a short venture out of the city to the Grutas de la Estrella caves, about 2 hours southeast of Mexico City. They are near the spa resort town of Ixtapan de la Sal, where even a Marriott resides. Named for its resemblance to a star, the Grutas are not well-known nor written up in guide books, though I really think they should be.
The estrella-like entrance to the cave
I don't know why the government doesn't do more to regulate this, but nearly all the natural wonders of Mexico are teeming with entrepreneurs. Maybe I'm a nature purist, but I find that sope and gordita vendors at the entrance to a cave distracting. This is one of nature's most amazing feats, something you only get to see a few times -- maybe even once -- in your life.
Getting there by car: From Mexico City, take Autopista 15 to Toluca. Go south on Autopista 55 toward Ixtapan de la Sal. In Ixtapan, take the turn-off to Tonatico. In Tonatico, follow the signs to the Grutas.
Toll: 129 pesos; Entrance fee: 20 pesos, 200 pesos more for spelunking tour
For a list of other caves in Mexico, go here.