El Diente

El Diente, Zapopan: Address, El Diente Reviews: 4.5/5

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The Amazing Monoliths of El Diente
Mar. 2017 • Friends
A seventeen-minute drive north of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, brings you to a veritable Forest of Giants: monster rocks covering a steep hillside which rises high above the placid village of Río Blanco. The place was long ago given the name El Diente in honor of one particular tooth-shaped rock especially beloved by the boulder and mountain climbers who have been coming to Cerro El Diente for decades to hone their skills.

For many years, the only way to reach El Diente was to park at the edge of Río Blanco and hike 800 meters to the monoliths. Then local entrepreneurs decided to build a road right up to the foot of the rocks and to charge a toll for access.

Note that the 30 peso fee is for driving to the great rocks. If you walk (about 600 meters), there is no charge.

Geologists say these rocks are about 30 million years old. Archaeologists have found the ruins of buildings and even a pyramid (from the El Grillo period) at this site. Just to picnic and watch the climbers is fun, but if you want to hike, there is an 8 kms circuit around the hill and various shorter hikes. Let your imagination run wild inventing names for the weirdly shaped rocks!
Written 19 March 2017
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