La Huasteca Potosina Mexico: what to see and how to get around

This massive guide to la Huasteca Potosina Mexico will tell you everything you need to know about this magical place, how to get around, and what to see.

I visited la Huasteca Mexico on my own without organized tours, by local busses, hitchhiking, and walking.

It was a great adventure but you don’t have to do it, too, if you don’t want. In this post, I will share with you all the different ways to visit la Huasteca Potosina in San Luis Potosì, Mexico.

I am planning to go back soon and I will definitely either rent a car or join an organized tour next time.

I have been wanting to visit la Huasteca Potosina in the 7 years of my life in Mexico since I found out about this magical place, a natural work of art.

I never understood what exactly the Huasteca was until I asked my guide in the Sierra Gorda, Queretaro (Another amazing place, that you should definitely check out), who finally managed to bring some light on the region and how to visit it.

huasteca potosina- waterfalls in the background
Minas viejas – Huasteca Potosina Mexico

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Rafting in Tampaon River from Ciudad Valles

✔️ 7-hour rafting trip down the Tampaon River in Ciudad Valles

✔️ Paddle your way through class III rapids and capture beautiful landscapes along the way

✔️ Enjoy lunch after rafting

✔️ Round-trip transport from centrally-located San Luis Potosi hotels included

Multiple day tour from Ciudad Valle

If you have more time you can book a 3 days tour from Ciudad Valle so you will be all set and you don’t have to worry about the logistics.

You will just enjoy the Huasteca Potosina and the spectacular waterfalls.

3-Day Adventure and Nature in Huasteca Potosina

✔️ 3-day adventure tour to Huasteca Potosina from Ciudad Valles

✔️ Experience the thrill of white-water rafting on the Tampaón River

✔️ Rappel down the magnificent Minas Viejas waterfall

✔️ Admire eclectic sculptures in the surreal Las Pozas garden in Xilitla

✔️ Enjoy 2 nights of luxurious 4-star accommodation in a Ciudad Valles hotel

Practical Facts about the Huasteca Potosina Mexico

Huasteca in English

The Huastec civilization (sometimes spelled Huaxtec or Wastek) was a pre-Columbian civilization of Mesoamerica, occupying a territory on the Gulf Coast of Mexico that included the northern portion of Veracruz state, and neighboring regions of the states of Hidalgo, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, and Tamaulipas.

How many days do you need to visit the Huasteca Potosina?

The first thing I found out was that one day was absolutely not enough to visit it all, I would have needed at least 5 full days to make it through all the waterfalls and so I did.

I stayed in Ciudad Valle and from there I visited different waterfalls every day.

I was lucky as at the hostel where I was staying I met a girl who was traveling with the same purpose and we decided to venture together for a couple of days on local buses and a couple of days by a private taxi.

Needless to say, the latter was much comfier and easier although hitch-hacking for the first time in Mexico was really fun!

But you can read below and know more about each place, how to get there, and how much it costs.

Is it safe to visit the Huasteca Potosina?

To be really honest I never felt myself in danger, even hitch-hacking. If you want to know about safety in Mexico, here is a full guide on how to stay safe while traveling in Mexico.

Where is the Huasteca Potosina?

waterfalls and a lake

That was actually my main issue here. I mean, it’s easy to see where it is if you look at the map.

But what was the best and closest place to keep as a base and what is there to see and to do in the Huasteca Potosina?

So, first and foremost the Huasteca Potosina is a region within the state of San Luis Potosi northeast of Mexico City, and it’s part of the bigger region of the Huastecas, so named after the prehispanic civilization living here, the Huastecan.

Morphologically speaking the entire area presents a variety of landscapes, from flatlands to hills made of calcified sand, and basalt from old lava flows which penetrate the primarily sedimentary rock molded by the wind and water erosion.

As a result, the Huasteca Potosina is characterized by a huge amount of waterfalls, canyons, natural pools, and caves; a huge natural playground to discover, for nature lovers like us.

I’ve spent only 5 days but if you like to really familiarize with everything this area has to offer, one month is not enough. 

Let’s see how to discover this amazing land.

La Huasteca Potosina Map


How to organize your itinerary logistically and visit the entire region of la Huasteca Potosina?

You have two main options:

✔️ You could stay in every place you go visit and keep moving around, if you are not heavily loaded like me or you have your own car, you can do that since pretty much every attraction has places to stay or if not, the nearby village has, although most of the times, accommodations are very simple and modest.

So if you are the type of person that loves comfort and luxury, this is not the best way to do it.

✔️ Or you could split your trip into 2 parts, 3 or 4 days in Xilitla and the rest, around 4 full days in Ciudad Valles, which is the most convenient city from where all the organized tours start and the most strategically located.

Although I need to warn you, Ciudad Valles in itself is not a particularly attractive city, you will arrive at the end of your day happy and exhausted.

✔️ So make sure you will book a comfortable place to stay where to relax and chill to get ready for the next day.

✔️ Therefore it depends on where you are arriving from. If you arrive from Queretaro and the Sierra Gorda you should stop first in Xilitla and then move to Ciudad Valles. (see below for the bus schedules). If you are coming from San Luis Potosi (the city) then you should better stop in Ciudad Valles first.

✔️ Many people stay in Ciudad Valle the whole trip and go to Xilitla just for one day, which is about 2 hours by bus (130mxn).

✔️ In Xilitla, beside the Edward James Garden, the most popular attraction which you would find within walking distance from the town center, there are a couple of other things to do if you have time and budget availability.

✔️ The Sotano de las Golondrinas, one of the amazing attractions of the Huasteca Potosina is much closer to Xilitla than Ciudad Valles, on the way to.

xilitla enchanted garden
The enchanted garden of Xilitla 

✔️ So keep it in mind when you are planning your itinerary, especially if you are planning to see it early morning when the birds come out and need to be there by 6 am, you will want to sleep as close as possible.

We went from Ciudad Valles and had to leave from there at 4.30. It’s not fun! 🙂

✔️ There are also Huasteca Potosina tours that you could join by contacting local travel agents.

What to see in the Huasteca Potosina

I have grouped the waterfalls according to their geographical location and in the order that I consider the most convenient and practical way to visit them for their location. I will explain each place in detail.

Visit the Huasteca Potosina from Ciudad Valles

Day 1 – Temosopo and Puente de Dios

From Ciudad Valles to the Waterfall of Temosopo, you can definitely go on your own by local bus and it’s a great and easy adventure. The bus leaves from Ciudad Valles downtown bus terminal of Vencedor busses. It costs 70 pesos (4 USD) and it takes 2 hours to get there.

Of course, by taxi, it would be about 1h 20′ because it wouldn’t make all the stops. The bus will leave you right at the gate of the waterfall, which is a huge well-kept garden with natural pools and two huge waterfalls.

It costs 30 pesos 2$ to get in. It is not so dramatic and impactful as  Puente de Dios is, but still worth visiting. The place offers changing rooms, lockers and bathrooms, restaurants, and life vest rentals since in one of the pools it is compulsory to wear it.

You will have platforms and cords hanging to play Tarzan and jump in the water.

It’s a fun place.

Once you get out of Temosopo you will need to ask for a ride to get to Puente de Dios which is just a few km past Temosopo town.

You can either wait for the next bus, or get a taxi or, if you are more fortunate, get a ride (hitchhiking). I felt really safe there but, although we were trying to get a ride, the first car that stopped was a taxi.

We decided to pay the 70 pesos requested and get to our place as soon as possible.

waterfalls around a lake
Huasteca Potosina – Puente de Dios

In Puente de Dios, once you get there and pay the entrance (30 pesos) you will have to climb down around 380 stairs to get to the waterfall, which means that you will have to climb them up also. 🙂

It’s not hard though. You will need to go straight to reach the falls.

You will find deviation on the left but that will take you just along the river which is nothing really remarkable.

When you finally arrive at the fall you find impressive rock formation creating a very deep lake with high walls from where water will continue pouring in from every side.

The current was strong, you could tell.

The water was running underneath the rocks and continuing its stream on the other side where you could enjoy natural pools of turquoise waters and a mild current to get your natural massage.

The area was very safe and well kept.

I decided to jump in although the water was so freezing, yet inviting.

I rented my lifejacket which was compulsory and then I jumped in, on the side of the river where the access was easier.

Only then did I find out that you could actually swim through a tunnel and get on the other side where the bigger waterfalls were. That was really cool.

The water was crystal clear and there were cords strategically placed to help you swim against the current which sometimes was very strong. It was a fun swim and very refreshing most of all. The area has also lockers if you have the stuff to store.

I left my big camera and money and I felt it was in good hands. You don’t actually lock it; instead, you hand it to a guy who put your stuff in a box and gives you a number and you will have to write down on the book your name and the given number. Easy.

waterfalls entrance

On the way back we didn’t find any ride to town but it was just 3 or 4 km distance and it was really a pleasant walk among the sugarcane fields.

In town, we reached the bus stop and waited for our ride to Ciudad Valles.

It was a long day but all worth it if you wish to try the adventure and leave the comfort for one time.

This is the only day where it’s easy and doable to go with public transportation.

 Day 2 – La Huasteca Potosina – Tamul Waterfall

Tamul waterfalls - boats waiting to be boarded

The day we visited Tamul waterfalls we had an adventure indeed.

I suggest you not to repeat it and hire a taxi and after you read this you will understand why.

We got the bus to Rio Verde and got out at a crossroads to Aquismon.

There we started to walk towards the town with the intention to stop at a place called LA MORENA, where we would have to find a ride another 5 km inland.

As we walked we doubted our luck in finding somebody, not because they didn’t’ stop but because the road was deserted, apparently nobody was going in that direction.

After a good 20 minutes of walking, we found 4 motorbikers passing by. We stuck out our big fingers in sign to ask for a ride and they waved at us happily.

Damn! A good bike ride would have been nice.

After about 5 minutes they did stop and for an unknown reason, they came back to ask if we wanted a ride. Of course, we did, with no hesitation.

They seemed nice. It turned out that they were going exactly where we were going, to the Waterfalls of Tamul. That was an awesome ride.

Once we got there we introduced to each other and we decided to hire a boat altogether and it was great fun.

However, our luck had abandoned us for a moment, and on the way back we didn’t find a ride to get to the Sotano de las Golondrinas where we were supposed to go, and we decided to get back to Ciudad Valles, which was not so easy either.

We started to walk on the road back to the bus stop and we had calculated that if we didn’t find a ride we would have needed to walk about 3 hours as it was about an 18 km distance.

It was 3 pm, which meant that in the worst-case scenario we would have arrived at the bus stop before dark.

 I was still hoping for the ride and it eventually came.

Phewww! A nice gentleman picked us up and took us to the bus stop in about 20 minutes ride. We were lucky once again.

Huasteca Potosina - Boundless Roads

How to visit the Tamul Waterfall

You will need to get to this place called La Morena where all the fishing boats and guides are.

This is located about 3 km from the waterfall and you will have to row to get to see it.

It’s a beautiful ride through a canyon where you will be surrounded by solidified sand rocks and small waterfalls here and there.

If you can’t row, no worries, the guides will take you. (just tip them a little more).

Once you get to the fall you will get out on the boat and stand on a huge rock from where you can get your picture.

You will need to be quick because boats there take turns as there is not a lot of space.

On the way back as you go with the current, it will be much easier to row and you can also swim and let the current take you.

There are a couple of mild rapids as well which was so much fun.

On the way back you stop to see a cenote which would have been beautiful if it wasn’t so crowded with people (and I was told there were not a lot- AH! I don’t want to imagine if they were.).

At the entrance before embarking you can buy those kinds of shoes that go in the water and prevent you from hurting your feet if you walk on rocks.

Those are useful there because there is a point in the river where you will have to leave the boat and have a brief walk on the side and it’s not advisable to go barefoot.

They sell them for 150 pesos and you would use them for all the waterfalls visits.

It was a great morning, but I would suggest you should go by taxi and have them wait for you or rent a car. It will spare you lots of time unless you love adventure.

Day 3 – la Huasteca Potosina – Visiting el Naranjo – salto del Meco – Minas viejas – Micos

El Naranjo is a region or better said “Municipio”, where all these mentioned waterfalls are located. Actually, the falls are happening in different locations of the same river, the first being El Salto, at about 2 hours from Ciudad Valles.

For this tour it is very convenient to take a taxi because the busses would take you to the town El Naranjo but to reach the waterfalls you need to take secondary roads where no bus is going or if they do, God knows when.

So you will risk standing in the middle of the countryside waiting for Godot! 🙂

My new friend and I decided to hire a taxi driver who for 1000 pesos ( 50 USD) altogether would take us anywhere we wanted and knew his way around.

This way it was very easy to move from one fall to another and enjoy it all, and most of all we have managed to see all the waterfalls.

We left the hostel at about 8.00 am in order to see as much as possible.

emerald green ponds by a dry waterfall
Salto del Meco waterfalls – Huasteca Potosina

El Salto

Is the farthest and the most beautiful to me, the only problem was that there was no fall, just natural pools but they were still filled with water coming from below and from lateral smaller streams. ;).

They explained that in winter, the dry season, the hydro-electric company situated just beside the fall, is using all the water which is therefore deviated from its original stream right before the fall.

If you want to see it you will need to go there in the rainy season when there is enough water for all.

The scenery was majestic anyway, with a little imagination, and the natural pools at the bottom were still full of emerald-colored water coming from subterranean or lateral streams.

It was a beauty indeed and definitely worth the trip.

We didn’t swim there, just took lots of pictures and admire the scenery.

El Salto del Meco

waterfalls covered by tree branches
Salto del Meco waterfalls – Huasteca Potosina

…or just commonly called EL MECO. You will see these waterfalls from “El Mirador” a terrace created on the road for you to admire the huge massive waterfalls.

Over there you might find somebody offering tours, such as jumping from one natural pool to another, following the stream of the heavy waters, and a boat tour upstream from the riverside towards to fall to take you as close as possible.

We didn’t have time to do the tours, however, it would have been much fun for sure and they were not expensive at all.

300 pesos for the jumping one and 200 for the boat ride, per person of course.

Right by the “Mirador”  there is a restaurant which is open to the public only for lunch and dinner, from after 2 pm.

It belongs to the nearby luxury hotel, which is actually a great option if you wish to travel easily and comfy.

The hotel is called Huasteca Secreta a sort of Glamping and luxury room right by the river below Salto del Meco.

From there they will take you on private tours anywhere you go. This is a very comfortable way to see the Huasteca Potosina.

Minas Viejas

Huasteca - Best less known waterfalls in the world -

This was our fun moment of the day. You will get there in 30 minutes driving off from the main road.

It’s impossible to find a ride, so you will definitely need a private taxi or to rent your own car. The site is incredible.

Once you park your car in the parking lot you will need to pay a 30 PESOS (1.5usd) fee and then climb down some stairs.

It looks long but it’s just about 200 stairs. Once you get to the river and waterfall you will just be left speechless by such beauty.

It is compulsory to wear a life jacket for your safety and the rental costs only 20 pesos. ( 1 USD). The water was freezing cold but all worth it.

You must enter to appreciate the whole place, or not, depending on what you like.

I did swim up to the rocks in between the two bodies of the waterfall and if you manage to climb up you can have fun jumping.

I could only because there were a couple of guys helping me, as I am scared of everything.

There is no official locker room but if you ask the guy who sells the lifejackets, he will look after your belonging.

Also remember on the way back up, halfway where the bathrooms are there is a path that leads you to a “mirador” where you can check out the fall from above. It’s amazing.

minas viejas- huasteca potosina

Micos waterfalls

On the way back towards Ciudad Valles and at  30mins only, you will find the waterfall of MICOS.

You can decide whether to include them in your tour at El Naranjo or keep them for another day.

The thing is if you go there after the other falls above mentioned you would get there by 4/4.30pm right before it closes and if it’s wintertime from October through April or May, it might be cold by that time.

waterfalls surrounded by lush tropical vegetation

If you go there in the morning or by noon it would be the best time and you can enjoy the water.

The entrance is 30 PESOS (2 USD) then you will walk through a lovely park and pass through shops and restaurants and you will get to a huge concrete terrace right in front of the waterfalls.

There are a couple of activities that you can do inside the park. You can take a boat ride to get close to the waterfalls, which costs 200 pesos (10 us) for 30 minutes ride.

Or you could hire a guide to take you across the mountain up to the beginning of the waterfalls and natural pools with a special life jacket that allows you to float and jump from one fall to the other.

I don’t remember the price for this one but I guess it would be around 350 pesos (18 USD ) for up to 3/4 people. When we arrived there it was quite late and we were tired and cold.

Therefore we had skipped it but I manage to take a  nice picture anyway. 🙂

This was the last stop of the day and reached back to the hostel around 6.30 pm tired and happy.

Day 4 – Sotano de las Golondrinas, Puente de Dios y Caves of Mantezulel

We have done this tour from Ciudad Valles but I have included it in the attraction of XILITLA since it is much closer and therefore more convenient.

While visiting El Naranjo (see above), our taxi driver talked about another couple of places of which I hadn’t heard of before.

One was called Caves of Mantezulel, in a community close to Aquismon where the Sotano de las Golondrinas was.

And the other was another part of the river which they called  Puente de Dios, it’s the same river of the Tamul Falls, just further down the stream.

We decided to go and check it out, since we were there, an extra day of tours wouldn’t hurt.

I was tired, though, I really wanted to get on my computer and start writing and editing all the thousands of pictures and information I have been collecting in the past 3 weeks.

I was starting to feel overwhelmed thinking about the next weeks and the amount of work waiting ahead and I was kind of exhausted, but I thought that since I was there I should have made the most of my time and seen as much as possible.

My friend Karla who has been my travel buddy for the past 3 days agreed with me and we planned our trip for the next day with our taxi driver/guide.

Sunrise over the mountains

Sotano de las golondrinas

The first stop was the Sotano de las Golondrinas, but there was a little detail. We needed to leave the hostel at 4.30 am, which means waking up at least at 4 am.

Oh gosh! we can do it, we thought, and sure we did but it was tiring and for the rest of the day we felt a lack of sleep despite the excitement.

The reason for this early wake up was that we had to get to the cave (Sotano) before dawn, so as to see the birds coming out forming a huge vortex, thousands and thousands of birds use the caves as their night refuge and come out early morning just before the sunrise and go back to sleep in the evening around 4.30/5 pm.

So if you want to see the show you got to be there by those times. We chose the mornings, it was more surreal.

Also there you need to go by car either private or by taxi as there is no public transportation at that time and in the afternoon, you risk getting there.

Once we arrived at the entrance, we paid a 20 pesos fee and a guide took us down to the cave the guide is not necessary if not for the darkness in which we had to walk, as he had a light to help us see where we were stepping. You will just have to tip him at the end of the tour.

We gave him 50 pesos each. I would hire the guide anyway just to help and support the local community.

Once we arrived at the cave, a huge dark deep hole, we all sat there with other visitors waiting for the birds to come out.

When the sky started to get clear a few birds were starting to come out and then more and more until we saw a black cloud moving like a whirl in the sky. It was impressive indeed.

You can also get closer to the edge, as a guide was there helping you and holding you with a cord skillfully placed around your body.

I did it and I was scared to death but it was fun.

Once we climbed out we found an amazing sunrise sky waiting for us lightening up the entire valley which we couldn’t see when we arrived. It was beautiful and only for that view it was worth our so very early wake-up. (see above picture)

We had breakfast and then off we went to the next stop.

path in the forest

Caves of Mantezulel

This was an extraordinary surprise since I had never heard of them and they are not really advertised as they should.

This area is managed by a local community that lives there and looks after the maintenance of the paths and the caves.

There are 3 caves one of which is the biggest and the farthest. It was a 45 minutes hike all up. It was an easy hike as it was made of all man-made steps although tiring.

Once we arrived at the cave we could not believe our eyes.

Portrait of an old person in the forest
Our guide in the caves

It was a beautiful natural artwork of stalactite and stalagmite forming internal canals and spaces. It was huge and overwhelming.

On the way down you will find the other two caves, although we saw only one as we were exhausted. It was like walking in the belly of mother earth, reconnecting with your source.

And you feel so small. I loved the experience. The cost of this tour was 150 pesos per group. We reached back to the car happy and tired and off we went to the next and last stop.

in a cave with stalactites and stalagmites

Puente de Dios (2)

This was another beautiful boat ride on a calm river up to a cave where you would leave the boat and climb on top of the tunnel where the river was passing through.

You can swim in the turquoise chilly water and jump from the cliff. I loved that place because it’s not very much known and quite isolated.

However, it would be much nicer to visit it in the rainy season from September through December as there you will see more streams of water coming down from the top of the hills and filling the natural pools that were empty then.

With some imagination, we thought that place was another secret magic place in the region.  If you have some spare time you should definitely go and see it. The ride is only 300 pesos, for one hour.

Huasteca Potosina Puente de dios 2

Visit the Huasteca Potosina from Xilitla

Edward James Surrealistic Garden

This place is definitely the main attraction of Xilitla and the only reason why I stayed there.

It’s been created by one of the most eccentric surrealistic collectors of art, Sir Edward James, who came to Mexico in the 40s and remain so impressed by Las Pozas and its tropical forest that decided to build his home there mimicking forms he found in nature and create an art space unique in the world.

So much so that he has been featured in many art magazines such as Art Daily.

You can walk to the Garden from town. If you are coming from Ciudad Valles on a day trip, remember to ask the driver to leave you close to the Garden as it has a stop right before the main station.

It’s a 30 minutes drive in the jungle on a dirt road surrounded by trees, birds, a few random houses, and a little bed and breakfast. If you wish to stay there are a couple of options (check out the below link ).

Right before arriving at the Garden, you can check out two beautiful waterfalls: the first is Cascada Cebolla and  Cascada Comales, which are right before Las Pozas, where the garden is.

The entrance to the Garden is 70 pesos (4$) which includes the garden itself and the waterfalls Las Pozas.

You can leave your bag in a locker room for free.

On-site, just outside the garden there are a couple of restaurants that are not remarkable. Inside Las Pozas there is a coffee shop instead, quite cute.

The visit to the garden could last from 2 to 3 hours depending on whether you get lost or not. 🙂

There is so much to see in the garden and area where you just want to sit down and observe. It is structured like a maze and you could go up and down right and left and never pass by the same place.

I was there on a misty day and it was the perfect weather for such a place.

I also was alone at the beginning, very surreal. I left after a couple of hours when a huge noisy group arrived and the sun came out and the magic ended.

edward james surrealistic garden

About Xilitla

Xilitla is also been nominated pueblo Magico although, besides the historical Monasterio of San Agustin, I didn’t find it particularly attractive for any other reason than  Edward James’ Surrealistic garden and the Sotano de las Golondrinas.

However if you love to hike and you have a couple of extra days available you should pass by the tourism office by the main plaza, where they can offer you information on how to hike the Sierra Madre, the surrounding mountains.

I didn’t stop as I was too tight with time and it was freezing cold when I arrived in Xilitla.

How to get to Xilitla and move around

As I was mentioning before you can get to the Huasteca Potosina from either San Luis Potosi or from Queretaro through the Sierra Gorda.

FROM SAN LUIS POTOSI – there are different bus lines that will take you to  Ciudad Valles from where you can start your tours (see above).

FROM QUERETARO – If you are traveling from Queretaro you will want to stop in Piñal de Amoles and visit the Sierra Gorda and all its natural wonders which I will talk about in the next post.

Then you can travel from Jalpan (a Pueblo Magico in Queretaro right in the heart of Sierra Gorda)  to Xilitla by the bus line VENCEDOR.

I need to warn you that it’s going to be 2 hours winding roads. I was scared I admit because sometimes you had a cliff on your side of the road and it’s not fun, because it was foggy and rainy.

But my bus had a great driver who was very cautious and careful and took us all safely to the destination.

Since you are in Xilitla you can spend 1 night there, visit the Surrealistic Garden early morning, and in the afternoon head to the Sotano de las Golondrinas.

You could take the bus to Aquismon which is on the same route to Ciudad Valles. And once you get to Aquismon you will hire a taxi to take you to the Sotano by 5.00 pm so you will be able to see the birds coming back to the cave.

If you want to visit the caves of Mantezulel you will need to spend one night in Aquismon and then hire a taxi the following morning to visit the Caves and also Puente de Dios and you can jump on a bus to Ciudad Valles the same evening so that the following days you can start the waterfalls tours.

Cave entrance
In Aquismon, exploring caves

How to move around in the Huasteca Potosina

Rent a Car

Which is my favorite because you will be free to drive around at your own pace, store your stuff, and do basically everything that you want to do.

With google maps now you can find everything – If you don’t have roaming or don’t have data, remember to set up the route before leaving your hotel while you have the wifi so that it will stay registered in google maps even when you are on the road. 

However, keep in mind that there are no car rentals from Ciudad Valles and you would need to rent your car either from San Luis Potosi or Tampico.

Also bear in mind that if the pickup city is different from the drop-off, there is an extra fee to pay which is usually quite expensive.

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Visit the Huasteca Potosina waterfalls via private taxi

This could be even better than the car so that you don’t have to worry about anything else other than having fun. 

You should ask the hotel or hostel where you are staying because they are normally able to recommend trustable drivers that they always work with.

We had Ricardo, an expert tour guide/driver very reliable and knowledgeable of the area his number is 0052(401)1178918. He has a fixed rate of 1000 pesos a day (at the time I am writing this). I would definitely recommend him.

Public transportation

As you have read before there are some tours where you can definitely get there by local bus like Tamasopo, for all the rest it’s not really recommendable just because you really run the risk to sleep somewhere where you didn’t plan to.  Having said that, I have to say the area is overall very safe.

La Huasteca Potosina Tours from Ciudad Valle

It is possible to visit the Huasteca Potosina with organized tours.

In fact, although I am always an advocate for do-it-yourself trips, I also believe that on some occasions is more fun to be with friends and if you are traveling alone you can always join groups.

I have found some interesting Huasteca Potosina tours for you that will make things much easier, especially if you have little time. Here they are.

➡️ 3-Day Adventure and Nature Tour in Huasteca Potosina from Ciudad Valles

This tour organized by a local company, starts off in Ciudad Valles and includes white-water rafting on the Tampaón River and rappeling down the magnificent Minas Viejas waterfall.

View the spectacular landscapes of the Huahuas Abyss and explore the artistic wonder of Xilitla’s Las Pozas garden with a guided tour. Accommodation for two nights is included

➡️ Rafting in Tampaon River from Ciudad Valles

An off-the-beaten-path tour from Ciudad Valles where you will enjoy a thrilling adventure on this rafting tour down the Tampaon River in Ciudad Valles.

You will bounce through class III rapids, meaning the rapids are both easygoing and exciting — perfect for families, newbies, and nature enthusiasts looking for a laid-back adventure.

➡️ Tamul waterfall and water cave on a wooden canoe

A full-day canoe tour to Tamul Waterfall and Cueva del Agua. While canoeing you will have the chance to enjoy the impressive views from the Tampaon River, pose for pictures at the foot of the falls, then cool off with a dip in a cenote, before unwinding over a local lunch in La Morena.

➡️ 1-day tour Bridge of God and Tamasopo Waterfalls Tour

You will be picked up at 9.30 at your hotel and taken directly to the spectacular Puente de Dios (Bridge of God).

After descending 280 steps until you will reach the deep blue pools and waterfalls surrounded by lush vegetation and rock formations.

After a couple of hours spent in the pools, you will move on to the famous Tamasopo Waterfalls, a lush tropical garden where you will be able to enjoy 30 mt tall waterfalls.

There you can jump from the platforms or just swim and enjoy the refreshing water.

➡️ Minas Viejas Waterfall and Micos Waterfalls Tour

A 3-hour tour that includes Minas Viejas and Micos Waterfalls. While in the first you can swim and jump in the pools, in Micos you will have the opportunity to adventure the so-called “Cascade Jump”, in which you can jump the 7 waterfalls of different heights, from 1 to 8 meters.

Those who are less adventurous can admire a 30-meter waterfall called “El Toro”

Browse through all the tours available from Ciudad Valles

Where to stay in the Huasteca Potosina

If you have a car, the best way to enjoy the Huasteca Potosina is to stay by the waterfalls.

There are many cute hotels scattered around the area for any budget and style. Here are my favorites.

Best hotels near Tamasopo and Puente de Dios

Meson Carranza

Basic but very clean and with excellent service – perfect if you travel on a budget.

Hotel Cosmos

Guests love this hotel for its great location in Tamasopo in a beautiful setting, and the great restaurant on-site. They also appreciate the cleanness and the great shower, besides the lovely staff.

Refugio Huasteco

An amazing upscale boutique hotel in Tamasopo. If you are willing to splurge this is your place.

Hotel Real Tamasopo

This hotel has simple but ample rooms in an extensive property with a pool. The main plus is the location by a river, which offers a relaxing surrounding.

Best hotels near El Meco, Minas Viejas and El Naranjo

Bel-Há Ecoparque

Rustic but cute cabañas immersed in nature. Guests loved the exceptional service of the staff.

Cabañas El Sabinito

No-frills hotel with spacious rooms close to El Naranjo waterfall and a short distance from other natural attractions.

Hotel Del Valle

Conveniently located in the village of El Naranjo, this hotel offers spacious room and a great restaurant serving local food.

Huasteca Potosina

Best Hotels in Ciudad Valles- Huasteca Potosina


Casa Ammah is probably the most upscale hotel that you can get in Ciudad Valle. So if you are looking for a bit of an extra comfort, you may want to check it out.

Huasteca Mia

A relatively new property with modern and stylish room, in the center of town. Very convenient place, offering a good value for money.

Hostal Casa Huasteca

Hostal Casa Huasteca is where I stayed. I love the small garden and the friendly staff. You can choose among dorm rooms if you are on a budget or private rooms with bathroom.

The Huasteca Potosina Travel Guide: Final thoughts

As you could see, there are many different ways to visit the huasteca.

I did it by bus at the time but when I go back I will definitely rent a car and travel at my own pace. It’s very safe there and an amazing place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty.

I hope this post was helpful to understand how to organize your trip to the amazing Huasteca Potosina.

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