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Grutas Tolantongo is roughly two to three hours north of Mexico City and has extraordinary geothermal hot spring pools, caves, waterfalls, and so much more. Here's why you should visit this insider-tip location, how to travel here, a list of round-trip flights to Mexico City starting from $198, and our recommendation on where to stay the night.
Grutas Tolantongo is a series of geothermal pools that are volcanically heated hanging along a canyon situated two to three hours north of Mexico City. The natural site also hosts tunnel caves, a heated river, and waterfalls. Entrance to the park costs $180 Mexican Pesos (MXN) or roughly $10.50 USD.
Grutas Tolantongo is a touristy area that is only accessible after paying the park fees. Park officials also regularly patrol the park, keeping an eye on the surroundings. This location has been often regarded as one of the best spots in Mexico!
The drive to Tolantongo from Mexico City is considered to be pretty straightforward. You can rent a car and drive two-and-a-half hours to three hours north. Or you can travel with a tour company like Turitour and embark on a full-day tour to the location by bus for around $899 MXN or around $56 USD.
We found a weeklong automatic car rental for $45 in total! We recommend always doing further research on the car company you choose to use. It also should be noted that the road near Tolantongo is said to be filled with lots of twists and turns.