Our housemates in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mauricio and Daniela, invited us to check out Las Grutas de Mamut (Mammoth Caves) about 5km east of the city. We left the house on our bikes around 7am to get an early start on quiet roads.
Inside Las Grutas De Mamut
The caves are really easy to access and beautiful inside. As we arrived early, we had the place to ourselves. Fortunately, we were not hassled by any ‘cave guides’ for tips (as unfortunately happened to this visitor). I guess it was because we were visiting with locals.
Dirt Roads Towards El Arcotete
Mauricio is a local mountain bike tour guide at Jaguar Adventours and he knows a vast network of trails like the back of his hand. After exploring the caves, he led us through some beautiful backroads and trails towards El Arcotete, a massive stone tunnel carved out by El Rio Fogótico.
More Trails Beyond El Arcotete
Daniela and Mauricio had to return home for work and Jenny was happy to head back with them after all the climbing. That just left me by myself to continue exploring the network of backroads and trails near the El Arcotete ecotourism centre.
Without Mauricio’s knowledge of the trails, I was left to my own guesswork and a few vague roads on the Garmin GPS for navigation. You can see by the GPS track below that I came across some dead ends in the forest before finding my way home.[iframe src=’http://app.strava.com/activities/63398051/embed/208f601c4aaedd42be2f0fadc0ef0388c276b66f’]