For those who know a lot about San Luis Potosí, it is an area with tremendous economic potential. Its name originates from Louis IX, King of France, its patron saint, and refers to the rich silver mines of the Bolivian region of Potosí. The city is located on a plateau and shares a border with 8 other Mexican states, and additionally, it has an archaeological history that dates back to 10,000 BC. with the Chichimecas, Huastecos and Guachichiles.
Just wait until you visit this city and get to know everything its surrounding areas have to offer. We invite you to stay in any of our 3 hotels located in this beautiful city: Hampton Inn by Hilton San Luis Potosí, Hilton San Luis Potosí, Conrad San Luis Potosí. Near this imposing city you will be struck by the earthly paradises, mysterious and magical atmospheres and moments that will stay with you forever.
“The place of snails” or Xilitla is 5 hours away from San Luis Potosí and is a walk worth taking. Here you will enter the labyrinth of Gothic and Egyptian structures of the Surrealist Garden created by the Englishman Edward James in the 1940s in Las Pozas. Renowned artist Salvador Dalí described James as the craziest of all surrealists, so get ready for a unique experience.
This sculpture garden in the middle of the Huasteca Potosina is a magical marriage between the artificial and the natural. There are 27 buildings, structures and sculptures that intermingle with nature. We recommend detailing the “path of the 7 deadly sins” and “the cinematographer.” Remember to wear a bathing suit to swim in the beautiful waters of the waterfalls.
Also, excursions to the garden in general include visiting the basement of the Huahuas, which is an abyss and sanctuary of swifts or huahuas. If you have time, you can also go hiking or swimming in the Trinity Forest and the Guardian Waterfall. If you are adventurous, in the forest you have the opportunity to rappel in the Jarales Waterfall. If you prefer something quieter, we recommend you enjoy the music of the trios that play in the main square.
Tanchachin & the Tamul Waterfall
Nearly 4 hours away you will find Tanchachin and the splendid Tamul Waterfall, the highest in the state. Tamul means “place of pitchers.” You can get to know its turquoise waters on a boat or canoe ride and listen to the din that emanates when approaching them. You can also see its majesty from the Naranjito viewpoint, which you can reach by a half-hour walk. Even for those who are not afraid of anything, you can rappel it. There are several excursions that can facilitate a visit to the waterfall and swim in the Cueva del Agua cenote. To get there you will have to walk a little through jungle, stones and sand, but we assure you that your effort will be rewarded for the beauty and tranquility of this cenote.
Cascada de Minas Viejas
If you are looking for waterfalls that still have some anonymity, Cascada de Minas Viejas, 3.5 hours from San Luis Potosí, in the municipality of Naranjo will surprise you. To reach this mini paradise you must take a walk through the jungle that will take you to what looks like a film landscape. The blue of the water and the green of the vegetation complement each other in a perfect way. On your way to the Cascada el Salto, be sure to take a selfie at the viewpoint of El Meco. In El Salto Waterfall, which you should try to visit in the rainy season to see it in all its splendor, take the opportunity to swim and enjoy the beauty of nature.
7 Micos Waterfalls
We recommend you visit the 7 Micos Waterfalls in Ciudad Valles also 3.5 hours from San Luis Potosí. These waterfalls are pure adrenaline. You can jump from the top or make the zip line circuit by bicycle, which includes a suspension bridge. You can also do canoeing or navigate the rapids of moderate difficulty in the Tampaón River and in the Cascada del Toro you can practice stand-up paddle, a new sport that involves standing on a board with a paddle. Without a doubt, it is a destination for lovers of vertigo and extreme tourism.
Another place like no other is the Tamasopo Waterfalls just 3 hours from the capital city. Let yourself be carried away by the beauty of these 3 waterfalls and the reflections created by the sun as it touches the water. The green and blue tones of the water combined with the vegetation and rocks will give you a feeling of peace, perfection and spirituality.
In the municipality of Tamosopo, which means “place that drips,” you cannot miss the Bridge of God, which combines pools and caverns. Its name is due to the formation of a natural bridge around the pools. The combination of sunlight, the water in the cave and the turquoise blue of the pools will dazzle you. It is worth noting that in these waterfalls you will find little tourist infrastructure, but plenty of abundant contact with nature.
Ruins of Tamtoc
If archeology is in your blood, be sure to visit the Ruins of Tamtoc, a huatesco archeological site. Tamtoc means “place of water clouds.” It is considered the pre-Hispanic capital of the region, as it was a political and religious center. Here you will find traces where rituals related to the measurement of time and the movement of the planets were carried out, as well as structures such as El Gigante. Its buildings with rounded corners will arouse your curiosity to learn more about these ancient astronomers and engineers. For example, in this culture, women were the symbols of fertility and the owners of time. You will be able to appreciate the system of channels that distribute the waters of the springs out into the Laguna de los Patos. In addition, there are several excursions to the ruins combined with a refreshing visit to the Taninul hot springs.
Real de Catorce
Travel through time in Real de Catorce. Here, you will pass through the Ogarrio Tunnel, the entrance to this old mining town, considered by some to be a ghost town and currently a magical town. It’s here that it feels as if time stands still. There is not much technology, but Huichol culture abounds. Get in a Willy, a vehicle from the 60s, and walk its cobblestone streets and explore this corner of the world. Surely you will pass its main street, Lanzagorta, time and time again, and it is here where you can find everything from handicrafts to restaurants. The Hidalgo Garden is where you can spend an afternoon resting and walking. The Cerro del Apache are the ruins of the Minas de Concepción, where you can take the opportunity to take the best panoramic photography. You will be surprised by the acoustics of the former headquarters of cockfights, Palenque de Gallos. The Church of the Virgin of Guadalupe within the cemetery is an interesting and curious visit and El Cerro del Quemado is the sacred area of the Huicholes and where Peyote is located.
Thermal Spring of the Crescent
If you only want to swim or if you are a beginner diver, you cannot miss the two-hour excursion to the Thermal Spring of the Crescent. Here you will not find currents or dangerous fauna, but rather a most relaxing and scenic dive. In addition, the water temperature allows you to enjoy the warm water in the morning. In Rio Verde, you can visit the Regional museums of Rioverde and El Colibrí.
The Mezcal Route
The mezcal route in San Luis Potosí gives you the chance to learn about the history of mezcal as well as the opportunity to savor some drinks during your vacation. You can choose between two routes. The first is the Royal Way of Land Inside towards Charcas. Here you will stop first at the Venado and visit the Roberto Donis Cultural Center where you can also appreciate a collection of plastic works. Then you will stop at two factories in Charcas, the Laguna Seca factory and Santa Isabel. The first is characterized by its cooking ovens and the second by its cutting-edge technology in the mezcal manufacturing process. The route ends in Zaragoza de Solís, a factory that is a cooperative. This tour lasts 12 hours.
The second route begins on the Camino Real San Luis and ends in the municipality of Pinos, Zacatecas. You head out from the capital and go towards the municipality of Salinas to visit the salt production factories and the Las Salinas Cultural Center. Then you will tour the Hacienda Santa Teresa and Ipiña in the municipality of Ahualulco. Originally these two farms were one, and in the municipality of Pinos, you will pass through Saldaña, one of the oldest. You finish at the La Pendencia factory, which has been producing mezcal for almost 200 years. This tour lasts 6 hours.
Hilton Hotels invite you to experience what is hidden near the majestic city of San Luis Potosí, since its natural wealth makes it an idyllic destination to disconnect from everything. Most of the places we have mentioned do not boast an infrastructure equipped to welcome modern tourism, so it is a unique opportunity to connect with nature, enjoy its imposing beauty and take a memorable vacation.