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[*] posted on 5-16-2021 at 09:26 PM
Cueva del Raton May 2021


Yesterday we took a day trip to Cueva del Raton in the San Francisco de la Sierra area. It is about 2 hours from La Bocana and the real beauty is precisely the drive! Canyons and vegetation and gorges, simply jaw dropping!



Photos: view from turn off and getting closer and closer to the part where the asphalt ends and the dirt begins. This is NOT a trip for the faint of heart as there are parts of the road that are ever so narrow, quite rocky, with sheer drops down a very deep canyon! I do not have a fear of heights, no worries for me.

At one point we had to drive slowly behind goats being herded! Such is life in the country and how lucky are we to see it.




















There are stairs leading up to the cave, takes about 10 minutes. Les and I were both huffing and puffing (so out of shape!) and my 87 year old Mom literally SPRINTED up. The guide asked me 3 times to confirm her age hahahaha








Our guide was Jose Jesus Arce Ojeda







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The cave art itself. Read Harry Crosby's book for really good information on all the paintings around Baja. We have been to this cave twice before, the first time easily 14 years ago and I notice they have really faded.






These are various grindstones they have found.









They told us that there has been a year long drought that has really made life for the animals difficult. No vegetation and cattle are really suffering.

The ranchers themselves have plenty of water from a spring/river that they can pump up water from.

The restaurant was not open but a picnic there would be wonderful.

We invited our guide to come visit us and stay at the hotel... he says he will and I believe he will! He wants to bring cheeses to us. He told a story about a local rancher who went to Spain to learn how to make a cheese with chiles but he still has not made any since he came back.

The guide said he had nlot taken anyone to the cave in a a year but we were the second group recently. We saw others headed up as we were headed down.







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[*] posted on 5-17-2021 at 09:57 AM


Thanks Blanca,
Did you go to the town, it is only about a mile past the cave parking?

Nice that the tourists can return.

We got to see this cave in May 2019. I had been to the village once before, in 2017.

Here is a short YouTube of us at the cave in 2019. It was Cameron's first time there (cave and San Francisco de la Sierra). Episode 4:
https://youtu.be/eBkpwi_pszU




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[*] posted on 5-17-2021 at 10:54 AM


Yea for your mom.
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[*] posted on 5-17-2021 at 01:40 PM


I know right???!! My Mom is simply a maaaa zingly sprite.


David, I did the village report separately. The town has not changed one iota from before...it is like it is frozen in time.




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