The Huasteca is a subtropical paradise in North Eastern Mexico. The region thrives with beautiful landscapes, breathtaking waterfalls, calm lakes, mysterious caves, and rich, folkloric culture.
This marvelous place receives thousands of visitors every year and offers some of the most exciting ecotourism and adventure experiences in the country. The Huasteca guarantees a deep connection to the land and an escape from the fast-paced modern lifestyle.
The easiest way to get to the Huasteca is from Tampico, the coastal city with the nearest International Airport. Where is Tampico? Tampico is the capital city of Tamaulipas and is very close to the Mexican Gulf, six hours south of McAllen, Texas.
There are lots of things to do in Tampico but visiting the Huasteca is without a doubt on every visitor’s list. Once you get there, you won’t know where to start. This is why we’ve prepared a few not-to-miss activities to make the most out of your time in paradise.
Xilitla is a magical, small town, home to one of the most fascinating sculptured gardens in the world: Las Pozas. Also known as the Edward James’ Sculpture Garden, this artistic place is inhabited by surreal sculptures that merge with the wild vegetation in a Dalí-meets-Alice-in-Wonderland experience. Stimulate your creativity and lose yourself in this orchid-filled paradise.
The Sculpture Garden is the most popular attraction in Xilitla, but there’s much more to do around town. Visit the Trinidad forest for exceptional hiking and return to town for local music, great food and a cheerful nightlife around the historic town square.
2. Cave of Swallows
If you like the open air, love hiking and birdwatching, you must visit this cave. El Sotano de las Golondrinas, as it’s called in Spanish is an open-air pit cave with a 1,092 ft (332 meters) free fall drop and a 200 ft (60 meters) wide opening. Flocks of birds go in and out in an impressive display of color and chirpy sound. You’ll feel small as you admire this great wonder of nature.
Small eateries and a few camping spots are available making the place ideal for spending a few days around this natural formation.
One of the best waterfalls in Mexico, the Tamul waterfall has a remarkable height of 345 ft (105 meters). This is just one of a dozen waterfalls in the area but stands out from the rest because of its imposing roar and dramatic fall. The vertical stone walls along the river, covered in exotic vegetation, frame the blue waters in a picture hard to forget.
You can explore these and other waterfalls on foot, on a canoe tour or some of the most exciting white water rafting Mexico has on offer.
Finally, don’t forget to visit the Tamtoc archeological site, along the Tampaón river. With around 1000 years of history, the astounding site has a unique predominance to female figures. Spend the rest of the day swimming in the natural hot springs of Taninul.
Visiting the Huasteca is a trip of a lifetime, offering some of the best of the list of Mexico adventure tours, many beautiful places to see and explore and a range deliciously local and international foods to taste. Welcome to the Mexico that everyone falls in love with.