The Huasteca Potosina is beautiful! The bathing place El Trampolín in Tamasopo is not very known yet but still worth a visit if you are in the area.
During my time in Mexico I visited several times the Huasteca Potosina in the east of San Luis Potosí. This region creates with its evergreen jungle, turquoise rivers and amazing waterfalls a strong contrast to the desert around the capital San Luis Potosí.
The Huasteca was the settlement area of the Huastecas, an indigenous tribe with own language and culture. It covers areas in seven states (San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Hidalgo and Querétaro). Wikipedia characterizes the Huastecas as brave but cruel warriors who kept the heads of the killed enemies as trophies. Fortunately these rituals belong to the past. Today around 66.000 Huastecas are still living in Veracruz and San Luis Potosí. During my trips I fell in love with the landscape of the Huasteca Potosina and wrote already more than 10 articles to the most famous sights . The region is not very touristic yet. Especially foreign tourists you won´t find often here, which makes it a secret.
Best travel time: The best travel time for the Huasteca Potosina is between January and April (but you shouldn´t arrive on a long weekend or over easter). In May it rains from time to time and from July till September there is officially rain time in the Huasteca. During that season many rivers are bigger than normal and you cannot swim in them. After the rain season it takes a while till the rivers returned from brown to their beautiful blue color.
How to get there
Flight to San Luis Potosí
A good option for a trip to the Huasteca Potosina is a flight to San Luis Potosí, the capital of the state with the same name. The airport of San Luis Potosí offers direct connection to seven other cities (Tijuana, Mexiko-City, Houston, Dallas, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Cancún). Cheap flights you can find at Opodo*. There are bus tours, but I would recommend a rental car* , because you will be more independent.
With the car to the Huasteca
From San Luis Potosí take the Highway 57 to the north and change after Villa Hidalgo onto the new highway 75D towards south (Rioverde). It looks like a detour but since you need to pay road toll the streets are mostly empty and you will arrive much faster to Rioverde. From there you will continue on the Cuota of the 70 towards Ciudad Valles. After 72 km you will exit to Tamasopo. Follow the sign to Cascadas de Tamasopo. Drive by the Cascadas and take a left 2 km later after a small bridge. Follow the river 500 m to a parking place.
Day trips from San Luis Potosí to Tamasopo are possible but I wouldn´t recommend it due to the distance. Tamasopo itself has not much to offer, you will find better accomodation and more restaurants in Ciudad Valles oder Xilitla. Then you will be also in the heart of the Huasteca and can visit several other sights (e.g. Cascadas de Micos, Sotano de las Golondrinas, …).
- Tamasopo: Hotel Cosmos*: Cheap, in the "center", small pool
- Ciudad Valles: Grann Hotel*: Nice pool, good restaurant, good breakfast - what else do you need?
- Ciudad Valles surroundings: Huasteca Secreta: Secret! Sleep directly next to one of the most fascinating water falls of the area: Cascada el Salto
- Xilitla: Posada “Jardin Huasteca Xilitla”: Fascinating colorful house, nice host, close to the surrealistic sculpture garden by Edward James
Alternative: There are many AirBnb´s (if you are not registered yet you can get here* up to 34€ discount for your first reservation).
Hotels in Ciudad Valles*:
El Trampolín in Tamasopo
There is not much to say about El Trampolín. Basically it is a bathing area on the Río Tampaón under big trees. Here countless small water falls flow into deep natural pools. When it didn´t rain long time the color of the water is beautiful!
The area around the river is open to everybody, you don´t need to pay. That´s why you also won´t find any facilities like toilettes or changing rooms there. Sometimes there are a few kiosks to provide you with tacos or gorditas :). Along the rivere there are a few camping places where Mexican families stay in their tents.
In summer 2019 I stayed with some friend in Tamasopo and after the visit of Puente des Dios and the Cascadas de Tamasopo we stayed some hours in the evening in and around the water of El Trampolín. There were only few tourists which makes it perfect to relax after a long and hot day.
Don´t come here during rain season - the water is dirty and the river has a lot of current. Swimming prohibited!
- Address: Map
- Opening times: 24h, no entrance fee
- How long takes a visit: max. 1-2h
- There are no facilities (e.g. changing rooms, toilettes.)
- What to bring?: Hut*, sun creme*, swimwear*, travel tovel*, Water shoes*.
The huasteca potosina is full of beautiful sights - here you can find a few:
- Huasteca Potosina – Puente de Dios
- Huasteca Potosina – Las Cascadas de Tamasopo
- Huasteca Potosina - Las Pozas - surrealistic sculpture garden in Xilitla
- Huasteca Potosina – Laguna de la Media Luna
- Huasteca Potosina – Cascada de Tamul
- Huasteca Potosina – Sótano de las Huahuas
- Huasteca Potosina – Cascadas de Micos
- Huasteca Potosina – Castillo de la Salud
- Huasteca Potosina – Sotano de las Golondrinas
- Huasteca Potosina – Cascada de Minas Viejas
- Huasteca Potosina – Cascada el Salto – waterfall without water?
- Huasteca Potosina – Grutas de la Catedral
- Huasteca Secreta - Hotel Salto del Meco and Bel-Há Ecoparque
Conclusion El Trampolín in Tamasopo
If Tamasopo is part of your travel plan then you should make a short stop here. Especially on hot days a jump in the water will refresh you. But the two most important sights of the city are Puente de Dios and Cascadas de Tamasopo - I would only visit El Trampolín if there is still time left or if I stay in the city anyway.