Santo Tomás de los Plátanos

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Cave paintings in Santo Tomás de los Plátanos
Besides beautiful scenery (think bearded cactus, banana and guava trees, and even orchids!) hiking in Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, in a near Barranca del Diablo (Devil’s Gorge), has an additional perk. You can find cave paintings that date from a period between the years 900 and 1521. The glyphs are amazingly well detailed, with traces of styles found in Tula, Chichén Itzá and plenty of Aztec sites. The hike takes around three and a half hours and can be done with local guides.

Getting to Santo Tomás de los Plátanos is a very short ride from Valle de Bravo. It is just about 20 kilometers (about 12.5 miles) away from downtown Valle.

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