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“Camping”

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“Camping”
Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

For a nature reserve Cuatro Ciénegas has major problems. There are NO campgrounds, nor in the reserve nor in town. Also, most attractions such as the dunes open after 10 am and close early.
When visiting your best choice for accommodations is Hotel Plaza. If low budget try el Diablo at hotel Ibarra. It will be noisy. I did not care for Los Nogalitos. Make sure you gas-up at Cuatro Ciénegas

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

I actually traveled here the first time in November 2009, it's a bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit. Nowadays, Northern Mexico can be hairy, so proceed with caution. We took an 8 or 9 hour overnight bus from Zacatecas to Monclova (easily the grayest city on earth), where we rented a car to finish the additional 1.5 or so hours to Cuatro Cienegas. The desert landscape is gorgeous and astonishing, when the wind kicks up you can watch the smoky clouds spill over the mountains that rim the desert bowl. Cuatro Cienegas is a sleepy little Wild, Wild West town with a couple of decent restaurants (expect mostly barbecued meat), a small museum, homemade sweet shops, and terrible vineyards (to be avoided, unless you enjoy altar wine). The real draw are the natural wonders that can be found about a 20 minutes' drive away into the desert. First, you can visit several breathtaking natural water holes (pozas) randomly dotting the desert landscape; one, the Poza Azul, is no bigger than your average backyard pool but is a shocking turquoise blue. You can swim in a couple (some have naturally warm spring water) while others hold delicate species of fish and turtles found nowhere else on earth save for a single, bathtub-sized hole in the heart of the Chihuahua desert. I also highly recommend stopping by the ranger station and hiring a guide to take you the extra 15 minutes to the Plaster Dunes / Dunas de Yeso (you'll have to drive him/her in your rental vehicle unless you contract beforehand with a private tour guide or company). The Dunas appears as a sudden wash of pure white, soft sand in the middle of an otherwise brown-and-green desert plain. You can wander around and see trees and other plant life struggling to survive as the plaster 'dust' slowly creeps up and around them, forming twisted sculptures out of their skeletons (some are large and solid enough to climb). The whole experience feels like walking on an alien planet.

Visited May 2011
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“An Awesome day trip”
Reviewed September 8, 2007

We took a day trip from Piedras Negras, Mexico to visit Cuatro Cienegas. We were spending the summer on staff with a house-building mission group. So, we had heard of this place and decided to take off and find it. Almost 4 hours of driving later, of which we went through some awesome tiny towns in the middle of nowhere, we found the town. Now, just to find the water.

We were in a beautiful desert valley, with no signs for the water or any sight of lush vegetation. We finally found a man and asked where to go, he simply said to drive over those sand dunes and follow the path. So, we did and then came across a man standing a at a gate. We paid him the several pesos for each of us and we asked again where is the water. He said follow the road. Well, all of a sudden, there were all these people, several cars, tents and tiki huts.

Each group gets their own hut and a section of the crystal clear water. The temperature was amazing and the area was amazingly beautiful. We spent an hour there and then began our drive back. It was worth the travel time, one of the most beautiful hidden places I have ever been to. I love these secluded places and this one is a true gem.

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