One of the favorite places for ecotourism in Mexico is the Huasteca Potosina, located in the state of San Luis Potosí. Its historical, cultural, archaeological, and now tourist importance, is undeniable, so the amount of activities to do and places to visit are wide, having to devote at least a week for a full enjoyment.
Those who visit the Huasteca, surely repeat. And those who come for the second or third time, do not get bored visiting the most important sites.
Here, a list of the many things you can see and do in the Huasteca.
What to do in the Huasteca Potosina?
You can start an early day, and the time will depend on the activity you plan to do.
If you like archeology, you can go to the archaeological site of Tamtoc, the most important place of the Téenek Indians, and for some historians, the foundational germ of the capital of the Mexican Empire.
If you like to see nature in its purest form, it is best to leave very early in search of the route to the Sótano de las Golondrinas. There, depending on the time, you will see the stampede exit of the birds that live in this cave, the sixth deepest underground abyss in the whole world.
If, on the other hand, you prefer outdoor activities, visiting the Tamul waterfall (the largest in San Luis Potosí) in a rowing boat is a must. Also, you can practice cascading in the waterfalls of Micos; to rappel or ride mountain bikes in many of the areas arranged for this purpose, throughout the length and breadth of the Huasteca.
What to see in the Huasteca Potosina?
There is a lot to see. But, in what we all agree is that Ciudad Valles is the favorite starting point. It does not matter what you do or what brought you to the Huasteca. Staying in Ciudad Valles is more comfortable, offers mobile connectivity and internet, and transport networks to and from Ciudad Valles are more efficient.
You can visit the waterfalls (Tamul, Micos, Minas Viejas, …), the caves and grottos of the Huasteca (Golondrinas basement, the Cathedral, Tanchipa, Corinto), or visit the towns and nearby municipalities, such as Aquismón or Xilitla. The latter, named “Magical Town” because of its historical and cultural importance, keeps one of the most beautiful gardens in Mexico: the surrealist garden Edward James.
There, you will find sculptures and woods, interwoven with such harmony, that you either get excited or smile. But amazement is guaranteed.
You would end the day listening to huapango (musical genre originated in the Huasteca), walking through the squares and central gardens (Jardín Hidalgo, for example) and religious monuments (the one of San Agustín is the oldest in the entire state), or eating the dishes traditional huastecos, such as enchiladas or the popular zacahuil, a tamale that can measure up to 2 meters, and that you will have to eat it with your friends or family, because it is very large and tasty.
In the Huasteca Potosina, there are lots of things to do, and see.