Grutas Tolantongo

The Water is Unreal: Grutas Tolantongo

Grutas Tolantongo

The Water is Unreal: Grutas Tolantongo

You have never seen a hot spring like this! Welcome to Grutas de Tolantongo. Three hours North of Mexico City, in the State of Hidalgo, incredible endless pools and hotel rooms have been built into the cliffs overlooking a river with bright teal water. But for the full experience, you can CAMP by the river in your own tent, RV, or rent camping gear from the resort!

In this week’s episode, we packed up from the Teotihuacan RV & Trailer Park near Mexico City and headed North (and of course no travel day is ever drama free, lol), eventually reaching the cliffside entrance road to Grutas Tolantongo. The steep grade and hairpin turns made the drive down a challenge, including the last section which is just a dirt road! After paying our admission and fees, we settled into one of the most beautiful campsites we’ve stayed in since hitting the road in August 2018. Best of all, perfect LTE for calls and work! Pricing and policies have changed since our visit in March, 2020, be sure to check the link below in “Resources” for up to date info.

The next day we explored the grotto, tunnel, waterfalls, pools, and grounds of this uniquely family-friendly Mexican hot springs resort. Many groups were grilling out (you can bring your own food), enjoying the scenery and water with their extended families. Since our visit was on a Monday, many of the restaurants and shops weren’t open, but we didn’t mind since we had our homes on wheels. πŸ™‚

On our travel day, we did have a surprising issue with our RV (after watching, more resources available below), but were quickly on our way again.

Have thoughts or questions about the #DigitalNomad life, RVing, our travels in Mexico, or anything else? Comment below!

Resources

View/Navion Motorhomes Facebook Group – An incredible source of helpful advice, upgrades, mods, and community of fellow View/Navion owners. When we have a question, this is usually one of the first places to check.

Mercedes Sprinter “No Start” checklist and troubleshooting – This can help anyone with a Sprinter-based RV (Class B, Class C). To date, there are several issues that can cause this problem, but as we indicated in the video, it has only twice affected us. Both times, we waited about 10 minutes, inserted the key, and turned it slowly to start. Weird? Yes.

Grutas Tolantongo-Official site with updated (May 2020) pricing and hours information.

International Travel Links and Resources:
You no longer need a pet health certificate to bring cats or dogs into Mexico by car/rv! This does not change any rules required by airlines if you fly into Mexico.
Safetywing Travel, Political and Health Insurance (What we use ourselves worldwide!)– Prices start at $37/month for coverage with a $250 annual deductible. Pick any doctor outside your home country. Seriously.
Gasoapp iOS and Android– Think “Gasbuddy” style app, but created for Mexican gas stations by the Mexican government. Prices do vary greatly between stations here, and the app is free!
US Department of State Travel Advisories – Worldwide

New (December 2019) Pet Regulations:
You no longer need a pet health certificate to bring cats or dogs into Mexico by car/rv! This does not change any rules required by airlines if you fly into Mexico.
USDA (English) summary of regulations
Mexico (Spanish) to show to anyone who requests a copy of a pet certificate – Hat tip to Qroo.us!

Process your FMM (tourist visa) in advance:
Have Discover Baja do it for you
Apply for FMM yourself

Facebook Groups:
RV Mexico Facebook Group
RVing In Mexico Facebook Group

US Department of State- Mexico Travel Advisory

Guide Books:

The People’s Guide to Mexico

Lonely Planet Mexico

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Howard and Katelyn Newstate have traveled over 80,000 miles in their Winnebago Navion Class C RV, exploring from Alaska to mainland Mexico since 2018. Joined by their adventure pups, Piper, Ella and Scout, they share how to β€œLive Like a Local” in every New State they explore. For more information on their travels or the 51 Parks in 52 Weeks tour, visit NewstateNomads.com/NationalParks

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Best overnight stay ever!? πŸ˜πŸ¦™

During our time in Bowling Green, Kentucky, we put our @harvesthosts membership to good use with a stay at Alive N' Fuzzy Alpaca Farm! 

We helped bring all the alpacas up to the barn for the evening and even got to take some on a walk. Just be careful... they spit! (ask Howard, he knows 🀣)

The farm is home to dozens of alpacas, gander geese, a retired mule, Peaches the dog, chickens and one llama! It was one of our favorite stays ever and very convenient to all the main attractions in Bowling Green! πŸ™ŒπŸ₯°πŸ¦™ 

#harvesthosts #bowlinggreen #bowlinggreenky #kentucky #rvliving #rving #rvlife #winnebagolife #alpaca #alpacafarm #uniquestays #roadtrip #kentuckyroadtrip
We just hit 100,000 miles in the RV! πŸŽ‰πŸšπŸ’¨

Safe to say, we stopped to look around 😍 

Those 100,000 miles in our @winnebagorvs Navion = two driving trips to Alaska, all across Canada, mainland Mexico and back and forth across the lower 48 more times than we can count. It's been a good run πŸ₯Ήβ€οΈ

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There's so much to see & do in St. Augustine BUT

If you're short on time, these are our can't miss recommendations:

1. Stroll down Aviles Street, which just so happens to be the oldest street in the Nation! 

2. While you're on this historic side street, pop into @forgottentonic_sta for amazing craft cocktails and delicious food. The blackened chicken egg rolls are *chef's kiss* πŸ‘Œ

3. Take the @flaglercollege Historic Legacy Tour. It's $17 pp and lasts about an hour, but you get access to areas the general public can't go. You'll get to see the largest collection of Tiffany glass and 11 Tiffany chandeliers ✨

4. Step back in time at @castillonps where you can watch a cannon demonstration and learn from the amazing interpretative volunteers. The fort was constructed in the late 1600s 🀯

5. Visit @staugustinedistillery for a tasting & a tour. They have free options or different experiences you can book. It was so fun and we learned a lot about the distilling process!

6. If you're an RVer like us, try to snag a spot at @anastasiastatepark or just visit for the day! Easy beach access and beautiful campsites, what more do you need? 😍

Save this reel for your St. Augustine adventures! 

#staugustine #thingstodoinflorida #staugustinefl #castillodesanmarcos #flaglercollege #staugustinebars 

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When I tell people that I'm an introvert, they are often surprised. πŸ˜…

We share our life on YouTube, I'm a former news reporter (whose job it was to talk to people and tell their stories), yet I get SO much anxiety over meeting new people, networking, or showing up to something... gasp....alone. 😱 It makes me sooo uncomfortable, but that's where we often do our best growing and evolving.

And that uncomfy stuff... I had to do it ALL this past weekend at #WITSUtah. But it was the bestπŸ‘ decision πŸ‘ ever. πŸ‘

WITS stands for the 'Women in Travel Summit' put on by the team @sheswanderful. It brings creators, bloggers, influencers, brands, destinations, etc. from the travel space all together to meet, grow & learn from each other. 

I left with so many new friends and new ideas. And most importantly, I left feeling that spark again. There's something about being in a room (or on a zipline platform) with smart, creative women who all share a common passion. 

I'm ready (and SO excited) for the future πŸŽ‰ and to keep doing what I love, sharing stories from the road. ❀️ And I can't thank you enough for following along as we do that! πŸ™ŒπŸ₯Ή

#witsutah #getoutofyourcomfortzone #travellife #wits #womenintravel #travel #exploremore #travelconference
I'm SO excited to be in Salt Lake City for my first @sheswanderful WITS Summit! 

It's going to be a fun weekend of learning, meeting other awesome women and talking all things travel! ✈️❀️ Plus, Salt Lake City is beautiful right now! 😍

@wanderfulcreators 
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