located within Mexico, the state of San Luis Potosí
offers its share of adventure sports activities, historical
silver towns, and even the surreal. Containing a broad mix
of habitats – dry desert scrub with unique cacti,
semitropical climates replete with deep blue springs, lush
tropical valleys known in pre-Colonial times as an “earthly
paradise,” and even splendid cities from viceroyal
times, San Luis Potosí is an ideal destination for
the adventure and ecotourist.
north of Mexico City, San Luis Potosí is mostly dry and has
the high altitudes of the western Sierra Madres, except in the east,
where the land drops down into tropical valleys near the Gulf Coast.
Within this rugged geography, silver was discovered in the late
1500s, providing the state’s main economic base, along with
A new kind of
economy is arising in San Luis Potosí, based on vast tourism
opportunities. One destination that is tying the past with the present
is Real de Catorce, a reborn ghost town that once
was an important silver mining town with a population of 40,000.
Hidden high in the Sierra Madre Oriental, the only way to access
the town is through a 1.5 mile (2.5 km) tunnel. The town is slowly
reviving as a unique tourist attraction that gives visitors an opportunity
to see what life in a mining town was like, including visits to
the desert and the eastern border is a semitropical area perfect
for inland diving, camping, swimming, mountain biking and spelunking.
Chief among these sites is the Media Luna, a spring
of deep blue water with a visibility of 30 meters and a temperature
of 28° C year-round. You also may with to visit the nearby grotto
of the Cathedral, which receives its name from
the calcareous forms resembling a pulpit, altar and prayer stool.
The entrance to the grotto receives natural light through its vaulted
amid the western Sierra Madres, in the southeastern corner of the
state, is the Huasteca Potosína, an area
perfect for river-rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, mountain
biking, camping and spelunking. Covered with lush tropical vegetation,
and bathed by countless rivers and lagoons, the Huasteca is home
to the extremely impressive Tamul Falls, which
drop for 344 feet and are as wide as 1000 feet in the rainy season.
not afraid of heights, maybe you’ll want to tackle the Sótano
de las Golondrinas (the Swallows’ Basement), one
of the deepest abysses in the planet at 300 meters deep and 60 meters
in diameter. Adventurers can rappel into the void and witness the
amazing morning spectacle of thousands of birds called "Vencejos"
flying from the depths of the abyss in an enormous spiral colored
by Quilas (Huastecan parrots).
within the Huasteca is El Consuelo, an archaeological
area that gave origin to the Huastecan culture. One of the region’s
many archaeological sites, El Consuelo features stone altars and
consists of several mounds arranged around ceremonial squares.
no trip to the Huasteca would be complete without visiting the surreal
and unusual Las Pozas of Sir Edward James, an English
aristocrat. Located in Xilitla, James’ fantastic jungle estate
reflect “architecture fused with nature,” seemingly
pulled from a painting by artist Salvador Dalí. The castle
and grounds include hundreds of surrealist metal and concrete sculptures
scattered among tropical vegetation, waterfalls and weaving footpaths.
interesting in exploring Mexico’s past, you’ve got to
add the city of San Luis Potosí itself to
your itinerary. Strolling through the historical downtown and its
three main squares, you can still admire the years of splendor and
wealth of viceroyal times. Notable sites include Templo del Carmen,
a spectacular Churrigueresque church that was built in 1743, and
the ex-Convento de San Francisco, an extensive former convent with
a museum showing colonial and pre-Columbian exhibits amidst its
San Luis Potosí
offers so much more that can't even be mentioned - you'll just have
to come discover it for yourself! To learn more about this state
and the rest of the undiscovered "Mysteries of Mexico," attend the
Aventura y Ecoturismo in Mexico City from June 3-5, 2004. International
buyers can attend the exposition at no charge. Openings also are
still available to attend the Expo and the accompanying FAM/Media
Trips; contact Fernanda Aldana (email@example.com)
at Tradex Exposiciones for more information.