Traveling to La Huasteca Potosina!

Amazing Waterfalls, Delicious Food, Turquoise blue Cenotes, colorful birds, hot roads, an abyss with swallows and a Surrealistic Castle in the Wild among many other fun things were in our trip to San Luis Potosí.

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After such a long time of quarantining, my family and I were really looking forward to have a family trip somewhere. As soon as my parents got the two vaccination shots, we planned to travel somewhere inside Mexico. Our opportunity came with my girlfriend Carmen. She had planned to have an eye surgery in her hometown San Luis Potosí in Central México. My family offered her a ride on my brother‘s big SUV and we will use that opportunity to travel to the east of San Luis Potosí and discover La Huasteca Potosina, one of the most famous touristical spots in Central México full of natural attractions such as waterfalls, cenotes, rivers and the famous crazy house of Edward James in Xilitla.

So my parents, my brother and his wife, my girlfriend and his kid and I, we all went for this long road trip to reach La Huasteca.

Day 1: San Luis Potosí City

After arranging all the details with our respective works, we left Puerto Vallarta very early and spent the next 10 hours on the road, crossing La Estancia, Guadalajara, Lagos de Moreno and finally arriving to San Luis Potosí. My family was all tired, but Carmen and I got some extra energy to look for a Salsa bar in San Luis Potosí City (They had just opened nightlife in the city). We didn’t have luck as San Luis Potosí has not a big Salsa scene, so we ended up enjoying a great time at a retro pop bar called Epocas with a really cool vintage pop band called “Cassette

Carmen and Israel at Epocas
Carmen and Israel at Epocas

Day 2: Puente de Dios in Tamasopo and Ciudad Valles.

San Luis Potosí is a big state having San Luis Potosí Capital in the west and all the Huasteca Potosina in the east. In the middle of all the natural attractions of La Huasteca, lies the hot Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi’s second largest city. We decided to use that city as our adventure headquarters. We rented a nice house called Alabel from one of Carmen’s local friends.

Before arriving to Ciudad Valles, we stopped at a village called Tamasopo to visit the waterfalls and the Cenotes called “Puente de Dios” (God’s Bridge). The day 2 was the second last day of Easter so we still struggle with a bigger than usual crowd of people. A good tip that we got and I will love to share with you is to bring your own lifejacket. It is compulsory to wear one in all the water venues in La Huasteca. And usually you have to end up renting one to be able to go in. Bringing one with you (if you are traveling there by car) pays back.

The Puente de Dios is gorgeous. Swimming through the cenote was wonderful, specially after spending a day in hot Huasteca Potosina. We, the boys also enjoyed jumping from some cliffs straight into the water. My dad in the other hand, enjoyed receiving the stream of one small waterfall straight on his head.

Waterfall at Puente de Dios
Waterfall at Puente de Dios
Inside the Cenote at Puente de Dios

We finished our day in Tamasopo by enjoying some local food, San Luis Potosí is famous for the Enchiladas Potosinas, The Gorditas and the Cecina (Which I didn’t try as I don’t eat beef.)

Day 3: Tamul Waterfall and Micos River

One of the highlights of our trip as we all agreed was the adventure at Tamul Waterfall. This waterfall is born when the water of Gallinas River falls into Santa María River, thus creating another River called Tampaón. To get there, we went to Tanchanchín village in Aquismón district. There we hired the service of a boat with guide to row all the way to the waterfall. Besides the spectacular view, it was a great workout. Thus, it was great fun to pass another boat as everytime it happened, we started a water fight between ships against the other passengers. It’s so refreshing! On the way back, we were able to swim downriver and enjoy other small refreshing waterfalls on the way.

On the way to Cascada el Tamul
Rowing boat on the way to Tamul Waterfall.
Rowing boat on the way to Tamul Waterfall.

In the afternoon we enjoyed a relaxing visit to the park surrounding Micos River, with 7 waterfalls that rank from a 30 cm waterfall to one with 20 meters. We swam along the river and we saw lots of colourful birds and even river turtles. In Micos there are a lot of extreme adventures including a 165 mts zipline that can be crossed with a bicycle.

Carmen and Israel at Micos
Carmen and Israel at Micos
My family at Micos
My family at Micos

Day 4: Surrealistic Gardens of Xilitla and Sotano de las Golondrinas (Abyss of the Swallows)

When I started being a host at La Maison du Tango, I was amased that many of my foreign guests had Xilitla in their travel plans to explore Mexico in weeks. I was not really aware of how amazing this place was. The “Castle” or “house” of the English “poet”, or “king”, or “saint” Edward James in the village Xilitla is perhaps the only surrealistic architecture in all Latin America. This is a castle with lots of symbolisms, with weird columns and doors, unfinished walls and stairs that led to nowhere. I really recommend you to book online in advance to visit this place, specially now that they have very limited access due to Covid.

My family at Xilitla's Surrealistic Castle
My family at Xilitla’s Surrealistic Castle
Inside Edward James’ Surrealistic Gardens

Again, after being lost on James Edwards architectural dreams, we stopped for nice coffee and more Enchiladas Huastecas in Xilitla before heading to Aquismon, were the Sotano de las Golondrinas and Sotano de las Huahuas. On the way to Aquismon, we stopped with the highway vendors announcing with colorful signs their ice-cream and handcrafts.

We had limited time so we had to choose wether to visit Sotano de Las Golondrinas or Sotano de las Huahuas. We decided to visit the first one as it is the most famous as it is the 7th deepest abyss in the world. It is basically a hole of 60 meters diameter with a deep of 512 meters. We went there at sunset to see how the swallows fly back and go in to spend the night inside. Unluckily and because of Covid, it is closed on mondays and they are not allowing kids or elder to go in. And we were traveling there with kids, elders and on a Monday. So that was our big drawback of the trip.

We went back to enjoy for the last day our swimming pool at Ciudad Valles before heading back. I even gave a Cardio Dance Class there at Alabel house.

Cardio Dance Class at Alabel in Cd Valles.
Cardio Dance Class at Alabel in Cd Valles.

Day 5: Back to San Luis Potosí City, exploring Downtown.

So on the last day, we came back to San Luis Potosí, were Carmen was going to stay with her family and wait for her surgery. But we spent the last noon visiting and enjoying the stores and the Spaniard-style buildings. Obviously, we did a visit to the Constanzo Chocolate factory. Carmen and many of us believe that Constanzo are the best chocolates in all Mexico.

Israel y La Procesión del Silencio.
Israel y La Procesión del Silencio.
Teatro de la Paz, San Luis Potosí.
Teatro de la Paz, San Luis Potosí.

In conclusion, this was a great wanderlust trip. I strongly encourage everybody reading this to keep exploring all the wonders that Mexico has to offer.

P.S: On the way back, our tire went flat and we spent a great amount of time before being able to return to Puerto Vallarta. Luckily we came back through the toll highway so the damage was all covered by the insurance.

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