Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Mexico, along with a range of fun and relaxing attractions, natural wonders, and turquoise blue rivers, the area of Huasteca Potosina is a stunning sub-region of San Luis Potosi that should, without a doubt, make your Mexican bucket list.
It’s located just a few hours from the city of San Luis Potosi. Surprisingly, despite its beauty, most travelers have never even heard of it. It’s popular with local tourists, but foreigners aren’t flocking here.
That might be because there isn’t a great deal of information about the area online or in guidebooks, but don’t let this deter you from exploring. After moving out of the USA and living in Mexico part-time I found out about this relatively unexplored gem!
The entire area comprises various terrains and landscapes, from hills to miles of flat land, old lava flows, and gullies cut out of the soft rock by the many twisting rivers that weave their way through the area.
This Mexican haven is most well known for its waterfalls, which are all extremely impressive.
Puente de Dios Falls
Just two miles northwest of the town of Tamasopo, you’ll find the hidden beauty that is the Puente de Dios Falls, one of the best San Luis Potosi waterfalls. The cascading falls are located in a narrow gorge and carve beneath a rocky arch, through which the Gallinas River flows.
Both at the top and the bottom of the cavern are some prime swimming spots with lush blue water just inviting you to jump right in. If you feel daring enough, you can even swim right into some of the caverns and explore the tunnels.
There are three cascades in total that altogether tumble about 20 meters into a smattering of pools, each of which is separated by travertine ledges and shelves. Also in the area is a 600-meter-long walkway, complete with stunning rainforest views.
There is a small entrance fee to see the falls that only works out to be a couple of dollars. You have to be relatively fit to reach the pools, as you will have to head down around 380 steps which can be quite steep. If you want to jump in the pool, you’ll have to rent a life jacket to keep you safe, but the cold water is very refreshing.
The water is crystal clear, and there are cords of rope that are strategically placed to help you swim against the current, which can get very strong at times. There is a locker-type setup going on, so you don’t have to leave your valuables if you fancy going for a dip.
Tamasopo Falls is unique in the fact that the cascades lay on the grounds of a hotel. They are in a huge, well-kept garden with natural pools and two huge waterfalls.
You have to pay a small entrance fee, but for the money, you do get the modern comforts that other waterfalls wouldn’t offer, such as changing rooms, bathrooms, and life vest rentals.
Think of this spot as a fun, natural, water park! There is a great mix of natural and man-made to make it really beautiful but accessible. The waterfalls are flanked with jumping areas and little bridges to take you to the other side. There are cute little shops for food and drinks, hammocks randomly placed for chilling, and little “beach” areas for relaxing.
Minas Viejas is a picturesque Huasteca Potosina waterfall, dropping 55 meters down into a shimmering pool below. Although a few of the pools are roped off, most are available to swim in.
Although beautiful to look at, the falls are often visited for another reason. You can actually rappel down the side of the waterfall and into the pools at the bottom!
I rappelled down the side of a huge cliff and dropped into the pool below. I swam just a minute to my left and then these towering waterfalls welcomed me into their gorgeous blue waters.
From the main pool, there are several smaller waterfalls of varying levels. The area is just beautiful and while the rappelling sounds a bit scary, it was SO much fun, so push yourself!
For obvious reasons, you won’t be able to do this one by yourself if you want to rappel down, so make sure to book the tour if you want this option. Oh, and don’t forget to wear some good shoes, particularly ones you don’t mind getting wet.
You can never have too many Huasteca Potosina waterfalls, and a trip to Tamul Falls is one you don’t want to miss. I say this ironically because I MISSED IT! I was pretty upset to learn I just chose the wrong time to visit… So don’t make my mistake!
These falls are some of the most impressive in the region, and one of the best ways to view them is from the water itself on a canoe. The canoes in this region are traditional wooden pangas, and these will help you paddle upstream, although you’ll have to put a little effort in.
The wall of water rises around 340 feet above the Tampaon River, making it the tallest waterfall of San Luis Potosi. It is a result of two great rivers merging, the Gallinas and the Santa Maria Rivers, which results in not only hugely tall falls but also a wide one at 300 meters in width. Pretty impressive!
The river around the waterfall is famed for its turquoise waters, but be aware that the best time to visit is from July to March, I went in May, and they said don’t go, it’s too dry, boo.
To get to the falls, you start at La Morena, which is around 3km from the falls and is where the boats and guides are located. The journey itself is beautiful, as you’ll head through a canyon surrounded by solidified sand walls with the odd waterfall dotted around.
Usually, you will not get too much time at the falls themselves as other boats await their turn to get close to the water.
Micos Waterfalls in Huasteca Potosina
The Micos waterfalls are a stunning group of San Luis Potosi waterfalls that tumble from different heights of rock. There are eight falls in total, and once you reach them, there are numerous activities to choose from to enjoy.
You head up the mountain with a guide to find the waterfalls’ source, jump from the rocks, and even zip line! Make sure you have quick dry clothing, a swimsuit, a towel, and a water bottle on your Mexico packing list to be prepped for this adventure.
Jumping Into Micos Waterfalls Near San Luis Potosi
The tour company that runs the experience will provide you with a helmet and a vest and will guide and advise you on the safest ways and areas to propel yourself off of the rock. It is a fun and adrenaline-fuelled way to enjoy the area’s beauty from a great height while also getting the chance to cool off in the beautiful blue waters.
With seven beautiful waterfalls to jump off of (you can’t jump the highest one), by the time you reach the 7th, the fear will be gone, and you can fully enjoy the experience of plunging into the bizarrely blue and beautiful waters!
The entire time you’re jumping off the falls, you’ll be able to look up and see one of the other great activities to do in the area, zipling over Micos Waterfalls!
Ziplining Over Micos Huasteca Waterfalls
Ziplining is an incredible experience, but doing it over these spectacular falls is something else entirely. There are three zip lines to try, each of varying lengths, with one 175 meters, one 200 meters, and one a huge 720 meters, all of which will have you soaring high above these epic Huasteca waterfalls, giving you a unique vantage point.
One of the unique ziplines here is the skybike which is likely something you have never seen before and is unsurprisingly the only one in Latin America.
You’ll actually be able to ride a bike suspended in the air at a height of 80 meters. Of course, you’re strapped in, but being on the bike gives you a little more time to admire your surroundings and take in the view.
TIP: Book a three-day tour that encompasses many of the experiences in Huasteca Potosina that are mentioned above plus more!
Tips For Exploring Huasteca Potosina
- Get a tour – I usually don’t say this but yes, this area is best on a tour. You’ll need to book them anyway as you can’t rappel, go zip lining, etc, without guides anyway. Huaxteca was AWESOME and their tours were great.
- Bring extra cash – Mexico is pretty affordable, but due to this area being remote, you will want to bring some extra cash. You’ll need to spend a bit more to take a tour and or to rent a vehicle to get out here.
- Stay/fly into/ base etc in Cuidad Valles, NOT San Luis Potosi. This was a small mistake I didn’t realize until I was there. San Luis Potosi is the bigger city but most don’t realize it’s a three-hour drive from all the cool stuff here, while Cuidad Valles is much closer to these activities.
- Car Rental – If you rent… it’s best to reserve online so you get a price from a computer rather than a human noticing you’re a tourist. With that said, there is a bit of a BS “tourist insurance charge” that is “mandatory” that they wouldn’t let you rent without.
- Pick up Spanish – I can’t lie, you’ll need some level of Spanish to get around here, it’s not a place where English will get you very far. Not that many people will speak it at all. If you don’t know Spanish, then you should DEFINITELY book a tour with Huaxteca for ease.
I hope you enjoy your time in Huasteca Potosina!
Nina has been traveling the world since 2011 and blogging at Where in the World is Nina along the way. She can be found hiking volcanoes, swimming with fish friends, or surfing some waves. Nina’s blog helps wannabe long-term travelers find ways to work abroad and remotely so they can continue exploring the world for longer!