Many of us have made the mistake of thinking that to have an incredible adventure, you must move to the other side of the world. However, this isn’t necessarily true. Our neighbors in Mexico have many places that can make you feel like an expert adventurer, and Huasteca Potosina is one of our favorites.
One of the best destinations in Mexico for adventure is the Huasteca Potosina located in the State of San Luis Potosi. An abundance of aquifers has made this area into a natural water park for all those who want to inject a bit of adrenaline into their daily lives.
If you have heard waterfalls roar and have convinced yourself you need to visit these blue rivers, read on to learn everything there is to know before you take your Huasteca Potosina tour.
Things you should know before arriving to Huasteca Potosina …
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
Before you ask for time off from work and book your accommodations in Mexico, you should take a couple of things into consideration.
To begin, the best time to visit the Huasteca Potosina is in February.
Why? The end of February and the beginning of March is not the high tourist season, so there will not be as many people in the parks when you visit them. In addition, at this time of year, the area’s climate begins to change.
The rainy season ends and, consequently, the water is clean. The currents will not be as strong and the temperature will be perfect for a few hours of swimming.
October and November are other good months to consider planning your trip around.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS WHEN I ARRIVE?
Budget is the first thing many people consider before taking any trip. Here are some tips to help you save money when you arrive at Huasteca Potosina. LocalAdventures offers all inclusive tour packages that include food, entrance fees to parks, transportation, and lodging.
However, if you decide to participate in an activity other than those we offer, here is what you must know.
Eating outside of Mexico City is very cheap; in San Luis Potosi you can enjoy an outstanding meal for 200 pesos (~$10) or less. If you decide to visit another park without us, you should know that in most areas, the park entrance cost between $16 and $30 USD per person.
If you want to go out at night, we recommend that you visit the Tamasopo Fair. There, you will find local food, skill games, drinks (beer), and rides. Usually, there is no entrance fee; you can eat and have fun on $15 or less.
FENAPO – POTOSINA NATIONAL FAIR
It is also important to realize that San Luis Potosi is a livestock state. Throughout the year, various events celebrate this economic sector. The National Fair of San Luis Potosi, or FENAPO, takes place in August. It is one of the state’s most important events. The fair’s organizers coordinate activities for the whole family.
In the City of San Luis Potosi, various artists present their work, and throughout the state and there is bullfighting, sporting and cultural events, livestock, artisanal and gastronomic booths, an area of bars and clubs, and plenty of family fun.
Although the official seat of the San Luis Potosi Fair is the state capital, the event is celebrated throughout the territory of Potosi. If you decide to visit the Huasteca on these dates, simply review the official FENAPO calendar; you can experience a bit of livestock culture in any of the events that take place in the municipality of Tamasopo.
IS HUASTECA POTOSINA SAFE?
Unfortunately, the situation in Mexico has forced many of us to rethink certain excursions. The news often reminds us about the excessive violence experienced throughout the Mexican Republic. However, you have nothing to worry about. If you need reassurance, here are some facts and tips to help you feel safer during your trip.
Tourism provides a significant amount of income for the Huasteca Potosina area, so all the reserves, parks, and tourist areas are well-protected by the municipal and local authorities who depend on your visit to sustain themselves.
It is also recommended that you travel in a group or take a tour. Knowing that you can count on someone when you are in an unknown place provides a measure of security. Also, when you vacation with a group of friends, you create memories that will strengthen the bonds you already share with these people.
However, if you decide to take a solo trip, always keep someone informed about your whereabouts and you could also hire an expert guide.
HOW DO I GET TO HUASTECA POTOSINA?
Although it is possible to travel by bus to Huasteca Potosina, we recommend that you enjoy the mountain landscape from a car. In this area, you will need a means of transport to reach the various parks and reserves you may want to visit. The trip from Mexico City is 6 – 8 hours, so you’ll need a good playlist, good company, and some snacks to create the perfect road trip.
WHAT TO PACK FOR VISITING HUASTECA POTOSINA?
The climate of San Luis Potosi, is categorized as temperate. This means the temperature varies between 56°F and 77°F. We have created a list of the essentials for the Huasteca Potosina to prepare you.
- Dry-fit t-shirt
- Sweatshirt or jacket pants / jeans
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sun block
- Insect Repellent
- Personal hygiene items
- Backpack for water and snacks
- Container for water(1L)
Now that you have everything you need for your trip, we recommend that you visit the following places during your travels.
Must see places in San Luis Potosi …
Surrealist Garden of Edward James
Visit the Surrealist Garden of Xilitla Edward James, who was born and raised in Scotland in the early 1900s. In the middle of the last century, Edward settled in the Magic Town of Xilitla, where he built one of the most representative works of surrealist architecture.
Known locally as the”Ruinas del Ingles”(English Ruins), the garden is a destination you cannot miss while in San Luis Potosi. The infinite staircases have a unique way of fusing with the nature that surrounds them.
Once you have finished ascending and descending the stairs, you can explore the natural pools hiding behind the trees. Finish your tour immersing yourself in their blue and crystal-clear waters. You will no doubt feel like you are inside an enchanted forest from a fairy tale.
The Basement of the Swallows
This natural monument is probably the closest many of us will get to seeing a black hole. The fault, located in the village of Aquismón, could be described as an infinite hole in the earth’s surface; the abyss has a depth of 1680 feet and a diameter of around 200 feet.
Today, various species of birds use this natural enigma as a sanctuary; this has led it to become known as the “basement of the swallows”. However, what attracts tourists, athletes, and world-class filmmakers to this place are the various activities available within the reserve. A favorite activity is rappelling along the grotto – an experience that could be described as basic for adrenaline addicts.
As you may have already realized, the Huasteca is the perfect place to practice eco-tourism. Another activity you can complete during your stay in San Luis Potosí is jumping the waterfalls of the Micos River.
The river is composed of 7 waterfalls of different heights along the kilometer-long extension of the aquifer. The tour begins with a half a mile hike along the river. When you arrive at the “Toro”, which is the largest and most popular waterfall in Micos, you will have to decide whether you want to practice rafting or whether you prefer to jump the waterfalls with your lifejacket.
After so much physical activity, you will probably be hungry. If you are just as adventurous about food as you are about jumping waterfalls, we recommend that you try one of the roasted elotes. Because this typical Mexican snack is prepared using a special chili pepper from the area, it has a unique flavor.
The Bridge of God
One of the best-kept secrets of Tamasopo is “Puente de Dios”(The Bridge of God). This oasis is hidden in the depths of the tropical forest that surrounds it. Its name perfectly describes what you will discover upon arrival.
Although Puente de Dios is part of a river that can be walked, its main attractions are the two pools of water. The first is just below a waterfall. There, you will be able to jump off rocks that are five to 40 feet high, into the depths of this beautiful location. However, though this first pool is beautiful, nothing can prepare you for what will follow.
When you have grown tired of giving yourself a natural water-massage under the waterfalls, you can swim toward a small hole on the right side that the current seems to leads to. Before you accuse us of being crazy, we are going to ask that you trust us and continue in that direction. There, you will find the bluest, most crystal clear water, you will see in your life. This section of the river received its name precisely because of this second pool that looks like it’s from heaven.
Inside the aquatic cave is a small filtration of light reflected in the water; the effect causes the cave to light up with a sky-blue color. This beautiful physical phenomenon has made people believe they were swimming in a portal to another world.
Now you know everything you need to know about the Huasteca Potosina and you can visit San Luis Potosi and get the true local experience. We wish you the best of luck in this adventure and in your next adventures.