Last Updated on May 8, 2021
San Luis Potosi is Mexico’s hidden gem and a great place for outdoor activities and nature-lovers. There are no words to describe how beautiful and wild this region is. Not many international tourists make the trip there and they’re missing on an amazing adventure. One of the best parts of San Luis Potosi is its waterfalls, the best one probably being Tamul Waterfall, in Aquismon. There the water is crystal clear and sometimes so blue it looks like paint. The San Luis Potosi Waterfalls are usually surrounded by nature and breath-taking scenery. Read on to discover all the best waterfalls in San Luis Potosi and how to get to them.
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Tamul Waterfall: San Luis Potosi highest fall
Tamul Waterfall in Aquismon, near Xilitla, is one of the highest San Luis Potosi waterfalls. The sight is spectacular and the color of the water just stunning. You’ll need to row upstream for at least 45 minutes to reach Tamul Waterfall, be prepared to sweat! It’s a tradition there that passing boats throw some water at you, to cool you down of course. Make sure to have a dry bag or waterproof cases for your electronics.
Once you reach the Tamul waterfall, there’s a big rock from where you can take photos of the fall. The current is way too strong to get really close to the fall or to swim. It can get pretty crowded so try to avoid weekends, and be patient, everyone gets its turn on the rock. The color of the water may depend on the weather. If it has been raining, the water will be muddy and not as blue as you’ll see in the photos. However, even with muddy water, Tamul waterfall is spectacular.
On the way back, you’ll stop at a cenote along the river where you can swim and have a drink or something to eat. The ride on the river is also super nice, surrounded by cliffs and lush vegetation, it’s an amazing sight.
What to pack to visit Tamul Waterfall
- Assume you’ll get wet on the boat, so bring a dry bag or waterproof cases for your electronics. There are no lockers there so if you come via public transportation, you’ll need to bring all your stuff on the boat;
- A swimsuit and a towel;
- A change of clothes;
- Bring some cash with you on the boat if you want to buy something at the cenote;
- Biodegradable sunscreen and a cap, it gets really hot;
- Organic mosquito repellent;
- Pack enough water for the boat ride, it’s hot, especially when you have to row;
How to get to Tamul Waterfall
Most people get to Tamul Waterfall via a tour, it’s the most convenient option but not the cheapest. Make sure your tour includes the Sotano de Las Golondrinas, a great experience where you get to see tons of birds.
Another option is to rent a car, which I recommend if you’re planning on exploring the Huasteca Potosina. It’s pretty easy to get to Tamul Waterfall and the road is paved all the way.
If you’re on a budget, take a van from Xilitla to Aquismon early morning. In Aquismon, there are vans going to Tamul Waterfall but they’re not that frequent. You can also hitchhike from Aquismon.
The entrance fee is 10 pesos and the boat 150 pesos per person (they’ll group you with other people).
Other stunning San Luis Potosi Waterfalls
Comales Waterfall – Xilitla
Right next to the famous Edward James Surrealist Garden, you’ll find Comales fall where you can swim, go down rappelling or try out the Temazcal (a type of prehispanic sauna). Comales fall is nice to have a look at but it’s not a place where you’ll stay all day. It used to be part of the garden so you see some structures similar to the ones there.
The entrance fee is 50 pesos and the fall is open every day from 8 AM to 6 PM.
Micos Waterfalls – Cuauhtemoc
Micos is an unmissable waterfall in San Luis Potosi. The falls are just amazing, surrounded by jungle, there are tons of space to swim and as always in San Luis Potosi, the color of the water is amazing, so blue it looks like paint.
The main activity to do while in Micos is the “Salto de Cascadas” or waterfalls jumping. For this, you’ll need to have a guide and proper equipment. Most of the guides can be found on Facebook or you can find one directly in the fall’s main area. From there, you’ll be given what you need to do the activity and you’ll start walking upstream (along the main road). Then you’ll get back to the river where you’ll go through seven waterfalls. The last one being the one where you arrived. It’s a unique experience for the whole family, there’s no pre-requisite, you just have to be in a “normal” shape.
Even if you don’t want to do the waterfalls jumping activity, Micos waterfall is still worth going. In the main area, you can rent kayaks, you can go for a swim or you can just find a quiet spot and enjoy the nature.
To get there via public transportation. Take a bus to Ciudad Valles then another (Vencedor buses) to the fall, just ask the driver to drop you off at the stairs to the fall. You can also walk from the village but it’s faster if you take the stairs.
The entrance fee is 30 pesos and the waterfalls jumping activity is 180 pesos per person.
Minas Viejas Waterfall – El Naranjo
El Naranjo is another “waterfalls heaven” in San Luis Potosi. There, you’ll find the beautiful Minas Viejas Waterfall where you can swim and just enjoy being surrounded by nature. There’s a small restaurant there and a campsite.
To get there on your own, you’ll need to hitchhike from El Naranjo or hire a cab. You can also go through a tour from Ciudad Valles or Xilitla.
The entrance fee is 30 pesos.
El Meco Waterfall – El Naranjo
El Meco Waterfall is another incredible waterfall in San Luis Potosi. You can swim at the bottom or go up to the mirador to get a breath-taking view. In the same area, you should also visit El Salto waterfall.
To get to Meco take a van from El Naranjo to Colonia El Meco, the fall is not far from the village so you can walk. El Salto is a bit farther, you’ll need to hitchhike or be willing to walk for an hour or so. You can also hire a cab for half a day. If you take a tour to Minas Viejas, El Meco is usually included. It’s pretty remote so think of packing enough water and snacks.
Puente de Dios – Tamasopo
Puente de Dios, or God’s Bridge, is a must-see waterfall in San Luis Potosi. It’s one of the Huasteca Potosina’s highlights and should be on every traveler’s bucket list. There are several areas where you can swim and jump into the water. There’s also a cave you can explore behind one of the falls. The natural bridge makes it even better. The whole place is stunning, surrounded by lush vegetation, in the middle of nowhere, with the color of the water being as blue as it gets.
Plan to spend at least half a day there. Apart from swimming, there are several places where you can just lay in the sun or read a book under a tree.
To reach the Puente de Dios, you can take a tour from Xilitla, rent a car or take a bus to Tamasopo and from there, either hire a cab, walk (around 45 minutes) or hitchhike.
The entrance fee is 40 pesos. You’ll need to rent a life vest if you don’t have one. There are “lockers” but you can’t lock them and the guy watching them is not always there. There are several restaurants and small shops nearby. There are changing rooms at the entrance.
Tamasopo Waterfall – Tamasopo
Tomasapo Fall is one of the best waterfalls in San Luis Potosi, it’s stunning and easy to reach. Famous among locals, Tamasopo is a great place to swim and chill for a few hours. I really recommend staying a few days in Tamasopo if you have the time, There are many things to do in the area.
If you’re short on time, you can take a tour from Xilitla. The tour usually also includes Puente de Dios and some take you to Micos as well but it’s a lot to pack in a day. With public transportation, take a shared taxi from Tamasopo and you’ll be dropped off right in front of the fall’s entrance.
The entrance fee is 50 pesos.
Related articles to help you plan your trip to Mexico:
- Huasteca Potosina Ultimate Travel Guide – Places to visit, useful travel tips, itineraries
- Exploring the Sierra Gorda – Nature and adventures
- Santiago de Queretaro complete travel guide
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