November 18, 2013

A Natural Paradise in the Mountains of Mexico

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There is much to say about the Huasteca Potosina region of the Mexican State of San Luis Potosi where exuberant vegetation and fascinating old hacienda ruins are found amidst powerful waterfalls.

Gull Sculpture in Xilitla’s Englishman’s Castle

What I found to be the best feature about this region is that it has not succumbed to fancy and “touristy” infrastructure to the delight of some,-like me- and dismay of others who would like to see the region looking more like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and other popular resorts.

It is a paradise for the young and the young at heart with an intoxicating amount of natural landscapes, and tropical rain forests  such as Las Pozas- Sir Edward James’ surreal gardens –  near Xilitla.

 With a brand new highway connecting the region with the capital city of San Luis Potosi, people can get to the Huasteca region in about 2 ½ hours from the San Luis Potosi International Airport.  Most accommodations are modest, but very clean and well maintained. Ciudad Valles is the largest city closest to the Huasteca region, and from there visitors can plan daily tours to any of the multiple nature sites within close proximity.

Hotel Mision Valles is a good choice, but there are other smaller hotels nestled in the mountain range such as the Aldea de Micos and Hostal del Cafe.  Trip Advisor ranks the Huasteca Potosina as the number one attraction in San Luis Potosi, and many have posted positive reviews and incredible photographs. Aldea de Micos is an adventure of its own with an idyllic location on the banks of the Micos River. 

You do not have to be involved in high intensity extreme sports, for the Huasteca offers birdwatching tours, hikes to waterfalls and hot springs and the always tempting opportunity to just sit, relax and enjoy the view with a cold Mexican beer or a glass of fresh fruit drinks. Swimming in the turquoise blue waters is also a relaxing option. For the adventuresome there is white water rafting, rappelling, zip-lines, scuba diving and waterfall jumping.  

swimming in Xilitla

The area’s multiple natural sites is so amazing that most people would have to stay over ten days to be able to see all of the sites. The Cave of Swallows, Tamul Waterfall, Tamasopo and Puente de Dios, Micos, Tambaque and Mantetzulel, Taninul, the Media Luna Lagoon, Las Pozas and several others make the Huasteca a most see destination.

The best time to visit this region is from mid-October through April, and from the Rio Grande Valley you have the choice to fly directly to San Luis Potosi with Aeromar from the McAllen-Miller International Airport, or to get on a bus at the McAllen downtown bus station.  Both options are good and safe, but price differs by a wide margin.

Please visit for more information. If you prefer a more personalized service or a customized tour that includes all transfers please message me at [email protected].  I will be organizing several tours to this area with the help and support of the San Luis Potosi tourism office representatives who are ready to welcome American  visitors to their beautiful state. 

Tamasopo Waterfall


Aldea de Micos


Aldea de Micos







Photos taken by Lupe Gonzales on November 16, 2013.

Campfire photo taken by Luis Suner at Aldea Micos on November 16, 2013.

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Tapia - Gonzales
La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" living in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Life, art and culture, poetry, prayers, travel, and camping! yes, that's my new thing. I blame the heat and high humidity for the madness. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


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