San Luis Potosi, Mexico


Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights
Maximum number of people: 14
Location: Queretaro, San Luis Potosi

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This trekking tour will walk you in the footsteps of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations in Mexico, a land of captivating contrasts, stunning and varied landscapes, ancient pre-Columbian history and a rich biodiversity. Enjoy stunning views, nature spectacles and amazing landscapes in this exceptional trekking tour through Mexico’s Sierra Gorda. Treat yourself to a holiday break that will thrill and revitalize you.
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Walk in the footsteps of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations in Mexico, a land of captivating contrasts, stunning and varied landscapes, ancient pre-Columbian history and a rich biodiversity. Enjoy stunning views, nature spectacles and amazing landscapes in this exceptional trekking tour through Mexico’s Sierra Gorda. Treat yourself to a holiday break that will thrill and revitalize you.

"You haven't really been somewhere unless you've been there on foot," Goethe once said. Very few associate Mexico the country of the Aztecs and Mayas with hiking and trekking. However, Mexico offers lots of great opportunities if you want to dive into the rich biodiversity of the country.

Guided hiking trips are a fun activity for people of all ages and abilities. Experienced guides will help you identify native plants and animals in the area and make your adventure unforgettable.

In only one tour you will be able to walk in 3 different ecosystems (semi desert, forest and jungle) – this is only possible in Mexico! Through walking and trekking you can immerse in a different way, begin to understand the pride of Mexicans for their country and enjoy travel gems that have not been explored by many. The unspoiled nature of the Sierra Gorda is the ultimate playground for all adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is set apart by its stunning biodiversity, and by the efforts to preserve this natural wonder through sustainable development. With everything from pristine cloud forests, to steamy jungles to semi-arid deserts, you'll find a unique range of habitats and ecosystems supporting a variety of species. Trekking will also help you in spotting wildlife, Orchids, Butterflies and birds, which are diversified and fascinating to watch. In addition to its many ecosystems and impressive mountain vistas, the area is famous for its crystal clear rivers, limestone caves and sinkholes. The destination is a great place for both nature-enthusiasts and those simply looking to reconnect with nature.
Queretaro - this vibrant, colonial city is the perfect start

Sierra Gorda - reserve with an enormous variety of ecosystems and biodiversity. wander through semi-desert forests and lush jungle, discovering rivers, waterfalls, caves and natural spectacles!

Xilitla - the surrealistic garden of Sir Edward James

Sotano de las Golondrinas - Almost 400 meters of abysm with and incredible Swallow show every morning

Tampaon - lush, green rainforest and turquoise rivers and waterfalls
You will already be amazed by the size of Mexico City from the sky. As the country´s capital, the "Distrito Federal" is a mosaic of contrasts that seems to spread until the horizon. Meet and greet with a local representative at the Airport and direct transfer (2,5 hrs) to the city Santiago de Queretaro. Check-in to your Hotel and join us for a walking tour around the colonial heart of Queretaro. Explore the streets of this bright and lively city and discover the myriad of tree-lined plazas, beautiful churches and mansions with their graceful balconies.

Included: Dinner
Today your trekking adventure really starts. Look forward to stunning views, amazing landscapes and rich biodiversity.
Depart your hotel at 4.30 am in the morning to drive from Queretaro to Bucarelli in the Sierra Gorda (approx.. 3 hrs). The road to the Sierra Gorda itself is already a delight to behold. In the zigzag climb to the mountains, you will be amazed by landscapes of high and medium jungle, semi-desert, tropical forest, coniferous forest and the misty cloud forests.
The reserve extends for approximately 400,000 hectares over the states of Queretaro and San Luis Potosi and is unique in its enormous variety of species and ecosystems. It houses more than 130 species of mammals as well as 339 bird and 650 butterflies. Not to mention the over 1800 types of plants. Enjoy the trek in this unique setting and discover the beauty of Mexico’s nature.

Distance: 9km
Trekking time: 6 to 7 hrs
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we leave for the villages at Rio Escanela. . Protected by ancient plane trees, the crystal clear current of the Escanela River descends from the heights of the Sierra, where, as it plays with the limestone rock, has formed two unique features: The “Puente de Dios” (Bridge of God) and the Cañón de la Angostura (Canyon of the Narrows).

Enjoy a pretty footpath along the side of the river that leads you through small villages, past natural pools and beautiful rock formations. After lunch you can enjoy some relaxing free time in these natural swimming pools or meet the people of the villages. We will then continue further down to reach the Canon de la Angostura – the limestone rock formation are just stunning here.

Distance: up to 16 km (less possible if desired)
Trekking time: approx. 7 hrs
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will rise at 1h00 am and drive for two hours where at approximately 3am we will start our hike to one of the most interesting geological sites in Mexico and the highlight of Sierra Gorda called Santa Maria de los Cocos and also Sotano de Barro. (Mud Basement). Sótano del Barro is an enormous pit cave or sinkhole encircled by oak forests that serve as a refuge for the last remaining colony of military macaws in Central Mexico.
The hike will take in waterfalls and canyons until you arrive at the Santa Maria de stunning botanical areas in the whole of Mexico.los Cocos cave - it is a 400 metre deep cave and its surrounding area is home to a spectacular array of wildlife.
You arrive at 0600h to enjoy the sunrise and experience the macaws starting their day. At dawn you continue your descent and proceed to Jalpan for overnight at the Mison Jalapan hotel – the remainder of your day is free for leisure.

Distance: up to 12 km
Trekking time: around 7 hrs
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A nice and easy day lies ahead of you. After yesterday’s early start you will drive today from Jalpan to Xilita (approx. 1,5 hrs) to visit the Sir Edward James Gardens. Sir Edward was an eccentric British gentlemen who was alive in the time of Picasso and Salvador Dali.
Inspired by surrealism he moved to Mexico where he created Laz Pozas “The Pools” – they are set more than 2,000 feet above sea level in a tropical rain forest near the village of Xilitla. James creation consists of more than 80 acres of natural pools, waterfalls, and towering sculptures made of cement. For about a decade, this “surrealist Xanadu” housed a vast variety of tropical animals and plants, in particular beautiful orchids.
Today you will walk through the gardens, where you can relax, swim in the pools and be amazed by your surreal surroundings.

Trekking Time: 3 hrs
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
One more time we will start our day early. At 3.30 am we will drive to Sotano de las Golondrinas, also known as the Cave of Swallows. Its size already makes it unique – it is the 11th deepest cave in the world and more importantly has the largest cave shaft in the world. The name of the cave is owned to the many birds which live in the holes on the cave walls and are the reason for a wonderful spectacle. Each morning flocks of birds exit the cave by flying in concentric circles, gaining heights until they reach the entrance. As we will start this early, you will be able to witness this beautiful natural choreography.

Distance: 25 km
Trekking Time: 6 – 7 hrs
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we will visit the river Tampaon – a picture perfect landscape. The lush rainforest really is gorgeously green. Rivers reflect a brilliant turquoise. And waterfalls are acutely aquamarine. Surrounded by the green jungle we trek along the river path passing by waterfalls and river cascades as we go. The waterfall Tamul is our final destination for today. Sheets of water plunge more than 340 feet straigt into the Tampaon River. Take your time to swim, relax and take some photos to remember this beautiful setting.

Distance: 5 km
Trekking Time: 6 hrs
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the beginning of the day we will visit the Puente de Dios (God’s Bridge) which is a type of cavern formed by natural rock and through which the rays of the sun enter through a crevice, creating an effect of artificial illumination on the water. It consists of waterfalls into a narrow gorge and cavern beneath an arch through which the Gallinas River runs rapidly. Blue and clear water pools for swimming are at the top and bottom of the cavern.
Afterwards we head towards Tamasopo. Find out why Tamasopo is so famous for its enchanting waterfalls. It is a place of lush vegetation, divided by water slides, small rivers and waterfalls up to 20 meters of height. The character of the waterfalls reminds some travellers of Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon.

Trekking Time: 6 to 7 hrs
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Before returning to Queretaro we will make a half day tour to the Micos Waterfalls. In total there are seven waterfalls that are divided by pools of turquoise blue water due to the minerals they contain. When you see the pools, you will not be able to avoid swimming and it is just the type of adventure that you should take advantage of. It is also the perfect spot for some waterfall jumping, river rafting and other adventurous activities.
After Lunch we will continue to Queretaro. Enjoy the carefully orchestrated system of flood lightning at night that gives the whole city a wonderful look, feel and atmosphere.

Trekking time: 3 to 4 hours
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today is your farewell to Mexico! At proper time transfer to Mexico City Airport to check in flight bound to Mexico City and connect with flight back home.

Included: Breakfast
Net rates include
• 9 night’s accommodation in Hotel above mentioned or similar
• All Transfers and excursions as mentioned in program operated in seat-in-basis ( = sharing with other passengers)
• Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as mentioned in itinerary (meals mostly in restaurants, but as well with local community or on the way depending on itinerary)
• Entrances to sites mentioned in itinerary
• Bilingual (English-Spanish speaking) guide for excursions and transfers
• Service charge on included meals
• Taxes (VAT and hotel taxes)
Net rates do not include
• Airfares (domestic and international)
• All services, meals or items not mentioned in itinerary
• Personal expenses, such as: phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
• Tips to bellboys, room-maids, drivers, and guides

Please note:
• The tour is suitable for all fitness levels and ages – single stages can be shortened
• Prices are subject to availability and can change without prior notice
• Supplements for holiday periods may apply. Please contact us for more information.

(*) Triple rooms include two double beds only. Three beds are not guaranteed.
(**) Rate for children applies if children share a room with their parents (not including food and drinks)

Recommended to bring
• Shoes suitable for walking
• Insect Repellent and Sun Protector
• Light clothes for the day, warm clothes in the afternoon and at night
• Bathing Suit
• Sunglasses, Hat or Cap
• Small Backpack for the Walk
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