You want to go to the Huasteca Potosina. That part has been clear to you. However, do you know that the Huasteca region is wide? You won’t be able to visit everything. You will have to choose. Luckily, the Huasteca Potosina is one of the best places for tourism, in Mexico. Even, a few consider it a region to work from home or to live a season.
If you have the Huasteca Potosina posted on your to-do list of places to meet, here you will get a list of the place to tour around, the must-see, the ones that you have to meet on your next trip to the Huasteca region.
Archaeological site of Tamtoc
The archaeological zone of Tamtoc is one of the most important zones of all Mexico in this item. It is located approximately 47 kilometers southeast of Ciudad Valles, in the town of Tamuín. For some Mexican historians, Tamtoc or Tamtok was the founding germ of the later capital of the Mexica Empire, Tenochtitlán.
What is certain is that it is imposing. It’s a whole city that shows the cultural power of the téenek, and that even today, in the month of November, you can see the indigenous Téenek de la Huasteca around Paso Bayo, located at the bottom of the Main Square of Tamtoc. To go to this important archaeological zone, it is best to hire a tour. From Ciudad Valles, of course. So, the agency in charge of the tour will do all the trades so that you get to Tamtoc without any problem.
The visit around Tamtoc lasts approximately 2 hours, and children over 5 Years can attend. The ticket, currently, is at 65 Mexican pesos, and is open to public from Tuesday to Sunday. On Sunday the entrance is free for people of the senior citizens, for students and teachers with a valid credential.
Waterfall of Micos
Just 30 minutes away from your accommodation in Ciudad Valles you will find one of the magical and versatile places of the Huasteca Potosina: Micos. Or other some places, called Pago Pago, the waterfalls of Micos are places of excellence for those who visit the Huasteca for the first time and, of course, want to leave impressed by one of the brands of factories in this region potosina: waterfalls.
Micos counts, in total, with 7 different waterfalls, from the highest (the first, with 20 m of height), until a small one at the end of the route. Depending on the time of year you visit the Micos waterfalls, you can choose from the milder activities, such as hiking, canoeing or swimming in any of the Crystalline pools that form after each waterfall; or choose the most demanding activities, from kayak (every year, Micos receives dozens of professional kayak schools), downhill in rafts or waterfalls, or cascading, which is a free jump from the first to the last waterfall, always with equipment and a professional guide.
You can go by car directly to Micos, where the staff of El Platanito teaches you will help to park and start the tour. But, you can also go to Ciudad Valles with a tour, and by bus. The best? You can camp!
Undoubtedly, the best place in the Huasteca Potosina. If you are interested in visiting the Huasteca, perhaps it was the responsibility of Tamul, the imposing waterfall of 105 meters, which, in turn, is the highest in the entire state of San Luis Potosí.
To get to the waterfall, you can take a bus in Ciudad Valles, go by car to Tanchachin, or hire a tour. Whatever is more comfortable for you. Once you get to the town, it’s time to walk to the place where you will board a boat, or a rowboat. Because to enjoy the Tamul you must row.
The impressive waterfall, fruit of the Río Gallina descent on the Tampaón River, creates an environment conducive to activities such as rappelling, rowing, kayaking, and on the way to the waterfall from Tamul you will come across many places to take a dip. The best place for this, without a doubt, is a pit about 20 meters deep that is located just halfway from the place where you take the boat to the waterfall, and it’s called The Water Cave.
The best time is from July to March, and you should take a whole day to enjoy the experience
Sotano De Las Golondrinas
Considered a Natural Wonder of Mexico, the hollow of karst origin (erosion formed by water) is one of the most important caves in Mexico, and the sixth largest global in terms of size. In itself, it is more than 500 meters deep, and of course, you can enter it with a rappel team. The team will give it to you when you arrive at this natural monument.
Interestingly, there are no swallows in “The Sotano De Las Golondrinas”. Instead, You will find several species of birds that inhabit the cave. Therefore, we recommend visit it very early in the morning, to see the show where all the birds come out of the cave in search of food. This natural monument is located in the municipality of Aquismón, which you can reach easily from Ciudad Valles.
Of course, being one of the underground abysses more important in the world, you can hire a tour to go there, with the equipment and everything you need to take advantage of the experience. Yes, The adventure is guaranteed. And the vertigo too. If you are not one of those who like rappel, or dive into one of the most fascinating caves in the world, this is your opportunity to try.
A separate space deserves Xilitla, the rainiest region of San Luis Potosí, but on the other hand, one of the most picturesque regions in all of Mexico. Named in 2011 as “Magic Town”, in favor of its conservation, Xilitla, thanks to being in a place of little industrial development, keeps alive its traditions and ways of life, predominantly téenek.
In the town, you have two options: opt for the culture and history of the town, from the huapango (musical genre of the Huasteca) and the former convent of San Agustín, which includes the oldest building in San Luis Potosí (built in 1557), or go to the Surrealist Edward James garden colloquially called “Las Pozas”.
It is in this garden where you will discover the fascination for the art of this avid artist and Scottish pattern, who knew how to contrast the dense Huastec jungle with sculptures in concrete that today are part of Xilitla’s own culture.
The stairway to Heaven, the Hands, and a host of surreal experiences await you, a few minutes from the center of town. Xilitla is also the gastronomic opportunity par excellence in the Huasteca Potosina, for the traditional attachment to téenek cuisine.
Cascada de Minas Viejas
Thanks to the popularity of the Tamul or Micos waterfalls, the Minas Viejas waterfall still remains virgin and, practically, unexplored. You can get there by bus from Micos or from Ciudad Valles, and if you want, you can go in your own car. But, you will have to walk. The only way to get to one of the most spectacular waterfalls of the Huasteca Potosina It is walking, and it will take you about 1 hour to travel in the middle of the jungle.
If you get there, and you choose to stay, they will give you information to camp. You must bring food and drinks, since there are no offers of this type near Minas Viejas. The experience is worth it. They are waterfalls of 50 meters that, after their fall, form 4 pools of crystal clear water, each one more spectacular than the previous one. The imposing beauty, the color of its water and stay in a state almost virginal, make it one of the most beautiful places in the Huasteca Potosina. If you love adventure, and you’re not afraid of the walk, the Minas Viejas waterfall will reward
Reservation of Abra-Tanchipa
One of the Biosphere Reserves younger in being decreed, and smaller in as to extension. But, yes, of incomparable regional importance, since in it reside species of fauna and flora that are either in danger of extinction or are only born and they live in the state of San Luis Potosí.
This reserve, whose 90% is in Ciudad Valles and the remaining 10% in Tamuín, is ideal for those who love hiking and trekking. The journey, which lasts between 1 and 3 hours, Depending on the rush they take, it is ideal for observing endemic birds and flowers Autochthonous to go to the reserve, we must take the road to Tamaulipas, and take a detour until the entrance of the park today. Obviously, due to the conditions of the land, there is no possibility of entering in a car. Within the reserve, the caves are the most impressive. On one hand, Tanchipa, rich in archaeological history, and on the other hand, the mysterious cave of Corinth, a very large great and that, according to the locals, “keeps secrets hidden inside”. An ideal destination to be calm, to walk in nature.
Coy Water Park
When you come with children or family members not so supportive of the adventure to nature, it is indispensable to find a place where everyone can have fun equally. That place, in the Huasteca Potosina, is called Coy Aquatic Park. The amount of activities for the enjoyment of everything unbeatable, standing out for the slides, playgrounds, restaurants and swimming pools, decorated with trees in a symbiosis of exclusive quality and vitality.
Located very close to Ciudad Valles, taking the Carretera Valles-Tamazunchale you will reach the park, where there is also lodging, although some users prefer to stay in Ciudad Valles and visit the park during the day. The schedule is variable depending on the day and the season of the year in which we carry out the visit, and pets are not allowed.
Waterfall el Meco
At this point, and with Micos, Tamul and Minas Viejas, its hard for another waterfall to surprise you. And yet, it does. The Huasteca Potosina is like that. This is El Meco, a waterfall over 50 meters high that creates a crystalline pool of invaluable beauty. Unlike others, it does have tourist infrastructure around it, so you can either stay (if you want) or eat and drink anything while You contemplate the exuberant beauty that you have in front.
To get to the waterfall, take the road that goes to El Salto, or you get on a bus or You go in the company of a guide, or whoever is staying in Ciudad Valles. The experience is to take it easy, enjoy beauty and spend a whole day. The tranquility and the good location, in addition to how well preserved it is, give it to the Cascada El Meco an important position within the paradisiacal places of the Huasteca Potosina.
Grottos of the Cathedral
In Rioverde you will find some of the most spectacular caves that you will be able to visit from Ciudad Valles. To get to the Caves of the Cathedral you will have to take a detour through a dirt road that will take you to the caves. Being new to being open to the public, you may not find too many people waiting to enter.
Inside the caves of the Cathedral, which owe their name to the internal training, which looks like a temple, you will find wooden walkways that make the journey easy. The show is free, you must pay 35 Mexican pesos for admission, and the tip Consider the guides. If it seems very easy, try to enter the Los Cristales Grottos or the Angel Grottos, close to the Caves of the Cathedral, but not very accessible, so you will need a equipment and specialized guides