I first visited Las Estacas about 18 years ago with some friends. We were four kids who ventured, all by ourselves, the one and a half bus ride out of the city to visit an exotic and unknown destination. The camping experience wasn’t all that good, we were unprepared and couldn’t even get a fire started, but the natural beauty of the river and park made up for all our shortcomings. Ever since that day I’ve been in love with this place, a little piece of paradise in the state of Morelos.
Las Estacas is a natural and ecological water park located in the municipality of Tlaltizapan, about 45 minutes from Cuernavaca and 1 1/2 hours from Mexico City. The Yautepec river springs here and it’s what makes this park very unique. The spring is around 10 meters deep and the water contains potassium, iron and calcium giving it that beautiful blue hue. The length of the river inside the park is around 1 km and you can swim in it upstream or downstream. Swim teams come here on the weekends to train. This weekend Jon and I went camping there and had an amazing time. Our friends Liz and Eric joined us on Saturday and they also fell in love with it. We decided that we need to visit it more often. And that’s what we’ll do. I already have a lot of camping gear and the place is very close to Mexico City.
On our way back we stopped at Tepoztlan, a town in Morelos that has been denominated a mystical and magical town. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, just a couple of hours to have dinner, but this is a place that I will definitely visit again to research its cuisine and write about.