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Old 11-21-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Mexico City, Xilitla, Aquismon, the Cave, the River and the Shangrila...

A new trip to the mexican sierras this time to the area known as Sierra Gorda to the north of the state of Queretaro and the south of the state of San Luis Potosi

Five of the usual suspects took a three day break from november the 6th to the 9th to this fantastic area where a number of amazing places we expected to ride and explore...



The first segment was done in 8 hours to the city of "Xilitla", where a quite interesting story took place...



...we arrived almost at dusk, but first check what we found at the outskirts of that town...



It happens that a englishman named Edward James, a strong supporter of the surrealist movement back in the '40 through 60, personal friend to many known like Dali, Picasso, and many others was sort of visiting this mexican area and got in love with the place.

After some Orchid gardening with no luck he decided to make a home for his own to spend some time off... the result is a spectacular surrealist librynth with staircases to heaven and all...





The guy had his own waterfall in the backyard...



Unfortunately, the night was already present, so we headed to the hotel. This is owned by the family of the builder that James hired to do his "Shangrila" and has the same architecture spirit.

All the old molds used in the James construction are hanging around the restaurant making an interesting museum out of it...



The next morning, the place to visit was the "Sotano de las Golondrinas". A quite big hole in the earth of 200 feet wide at the entrance and 1500 feet depth. The entire Empire State will fit in there... We got there by 5 AM for a 2000 feet walk to the hole...

Check out the ticket office...



It is populated by milliards of birds that in the morning make an impressive show swirling out of that cave and back in in the afternoon.

Freefall parachute guys used to just jump in the hole, but lately the government declared illegal those kind of activities and protected the area.



You can get to the bottom with ropes and camp in there if you want, but some backup crew must be hired to drop you in and get you out. 1500 feet is quite a lot to do it alone...



For a buck a guy laces you to take a look inside...



I found a tricky camera angle to get this pics...







We were out by noon and on the way to another place in the sierras.

Before that my friend Miguel Angel and I set up the helmet cam for some road pics...



Every place is just in the middle of a dense jungle, check out the surroundings of the very curvy road...





After 50 miles of that, we found this:



The water of this river is DRINKABLE... it comes out right from the bottom of the earth in a number of spots that converge to form a quite big water mass with rapids and all..

We stepeed off the bikes and aborded one of these canoes...



Two guys rowed for 45 minutes -against the current- to take us through the river...






Many little waterfalls feed the river at regular spots...



Look at those water shaped rocks...









Many times, they even have to step out the canoe to get it through the rapids...






The "Turtle"



Until we finally got to where it becomes no longer safe to navigate... 400 ft. waterfalls make this a U-turn point...

We stepped off the canoe to a big rock in the middle...



We then turned back, and one of the rowers made a little stop to show us something...



So we stepped off again, and climbed some raugh steps to find this...



The CAVEMEN'S POOL...

With lots of "liana" coming down to hang from and splash in...



Of course we had to get in there...



The pool is actually one of the spots where the water comes out filling the cave to then overflow and fall off to the river... the white spots are water from the pool running fast downhill to form the little waterfalls we saw in our way...



After that, we got back to the bikes...



And time to do some Tai-Chi...



And back to the hotel... another dose of those nice twisties...



Next morning we were off to Mexico City... A lot for only two days... exhausting but worth it... Hope you guys enjoy the RR...
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:32 PM   #2
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I have been wanting to go there for a while, nice RR!
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:40 PM   #3
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:21 AM   #4
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:00 AM   #5
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Sure we enjoyed it!! Looks like a lot of fun on the bike and off!! Thanks for the report and great pics
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:09 AM   #6
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:16 AM   #7
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:04 AM   #8
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This is great! keep it rolling......
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:13 AM   #9
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:51 AM   #10
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Those roads in the Huasteca-Sierra Gorda area are a great way to get to stunning destinatioins like you all did, nice report.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:06 AM   #11
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Nice Pics

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed them
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:39 PM   #12
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It happens that a englishman named Edward James, a strong supporter of the surrealist movement back in the '40 through 60, personal friend to many known like Dali, Picasso, and many others was sort of visiting this mexican area and got in love with the place.

After some Orchid gardening with no luck he decided to make a home for his own to spend some time off... the result is a spectacular surrealist librynth with staircases to heaven and all...


Tony Cohan's book, "MEXICAN DAYS: JOURNEYS INTO THE HEART OF MEXICO" has an interesting chapter on this whole place. A good read if you like traveling in Mexico.

Nice pictures and RR. Thanks.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:16 AM   #13
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We are going to be in that area in a week or so. Can you give me any more info on the location of the canoe ride? Great report thanks!!
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Nice report and pics!
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