The Huasteca Potosina is a beautiful area of Mexico that encompasses the states of Veracruz to the North, Tamaulipas to the South, and San Luis Potosí and Hidalgo. Here you will be able to find a lot of vegetation, jungle, impressive waterfalls and forests. It is an area with a lot of nature and biodiversity, ideal for the most adventurous traveler that loves original and nature-filled trips. We recommend you explore this area of Mexico, and here are five reasons that make it worthwhile.
Your Adventure Starts in Ciudad Valles
Your starting point is Ciudad Valles in the state of San Luis Potosí. From here, we recommend you hire a tour package that will help you book your stay and plan the types of activities you want to do. Huasteca.com is an excellent option, with all-inclusive tours, and most of their tour guides speak English. This is a great company that offers excellent service and gives back to the community, and part of their proceeds go to Selva Teenek, an animal sanctuary in the jungle and eco-park, which is also an incredible place to stay.
You can get to Ciudad Valles by flying to San Luis Potosi, but it’s still 5 hours from there. There is a smaller airport closer to Ciudad Valles, Tamuín National Airport. From there, it’s just 1.5 hours in a car or a bus ride. You can also fly into Mexico City and then take the night bus from Mexico City to Ciudad Valles. It leaves at 10 pm, and you will arrive early in the morning. Depending on what you want to do, four days is reasonable to cover the main sites.
The most important and majestic waterfall of San Luis Potosí is the Tamul waterfall, with a fall of over 340 feet. It is formed by the Gallinas River that rushes over the Santa Maria River, which runs at the bottom of a narrow and deep canyon of reddish walls. The violent encounter of the two rivers gives rise to a third, the Tampaon, with incredibly turquoise waters, where you can practice rafting. Another exciting activity you will find here is rappelling by the Tamul Waterfall.
Tamasopo means “water that falls,” and this paradise lives up to its name, because here, in the mountain range of the Sierra Madre Oriental, stands out a naturally reach site with a set of beautiful waterfalls with impressive falls of crystal clear water surrounded by lush and green vegetation. The Tamasopo Waterfalls, just like Tamul, are an icon of the Huasteca Potosina that is worth admiring and touring.
These three beautiful waterfalls form tranquil pools of turquoise water. Here you can also soak in its waters, camp, go hiking, or enjoy a traditional meal of this area at any of the stalls and premises that you will find in the surroundings.
The Magical Town of Xilitla
One of the must-see places when traveling to the Huasteca Potosina is undoubtedly the Magical Town of Xilitla. This destination has one of the most magical places in all of Mexico: the Surrealist Garden of Edward James, also known as Las Pozas, a unique space of its kind, where this sculptor and poet built impressive sculptures which are mixed between exotic vegetation and natural waterfalls more than 230 feet high. In this Magical Town, it is also worth visiting the Former Convent of San Agustín, the oldest colonial building in the entire state, which is located in Central Square.
One of the natural wonders of Mexico is the Swallows Abyss. This abyss, located on the mountain north of the Huasteca, looks like a bottomless chasm and is one of the deepest in the world, with a fall of 1680 feet, of which 1233 feet is vertical fall. There are several species of birds, including swallows. The best time to be there happens in the morning or before night falls when these birds break the silence with their songs. To enjoy this magnificent natural spectacle, we recommend you do it with a guide so you can get there on a boat ride or reach the top of the waterfall and you can appreciate it from the heights.
La Huasteca Potosina is a spectacular place for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and anyone who just wants to get into nature for a while. This is one of the most amazing places in the world, not just in Mexico.
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