As I told you on the previous post (Huaxteca Potosina – Basic Info) we took the ETN bus on Thursday night and arrived to Ciudad Valles on Friday at 8:00 am. Right on time to take the first tour leaving at 9:00 am. We went directly to the Huaxteca.com office, change clothes there and left our luggage in their storage room while we went to Xilitla.
We chose this activity for the first day because it doesn’t have much danger and medium physical requirement.
Here you visit the Surreal Castel of Edward James. It´s about a series of constructions in the middle of the jungle that has the only purpose of recreate the view and incentivize the imagination.
You go up the stairs, get into hallways that lead nowhere and come back down just to get more shapes and silhouettes that accompany the natural green foliage.
It´s a surreal experience that makes your senses and imaginations burst. While in there you can see yourself in a strange dream or a tale or maybe in the imagination inside Edward’s head.
It´s a must see.
After having a typical dish for lunch in Xilitla (enchiladas potosinas). We went to San Isidro Tampaxal where we´ll get to see the night ritual of the local birds.
Sótano de las Golondrinas.
To get to the Sótano, which is a huge cave hole, you have to walk for almost a mille through a series of steps in the middle of the rainforest, which represents no danger but can be very exhausting for some people for the aerobic exercise and the place´s height.
Close to sunset the birds start flying around and down like little kamikazes into the cave where they´ll spend the night. It´s a natural show that you don’t want to miss.
Second day started with a nice breakfast at the hotel and then heading to the next adventure.
They pick you up at the hotel and take you to Micos river, but as this is a extreme sport the transportation doesn´t even get close to the waterfall. You have to walk for about 20 minutes on the hill thought a very narrow slippery path. Until you get to a point where the guide says: Up to this point there´s no turning back waking, the only way down is through the water. And the nervousness starts to pile up.
But that´s what we came here to do, so we go on. And all of the sudden we are in the river and the first waterfall is in front of us. It´s quite tall, about 6 feet tall and I´m nervous and thrill to start jumping. Of course, we already have a safe jacket and helmet on.
I took some courage and jumped. ¡Wow, it´s so cool! And fun, specially the ones with a medium height. They go from half foot to 26 feet tall (that one was kind of scary to me), but overall it was a fun a pleasant experience.
The most important thing to have in mind is to make a perfect diving posture. You´ll go with your feet first but have to be very straight because if you fall sitting into the water you will have a tremendous hit, like hitting concrete floor. (I know from experience) So practice your diving posture.
Around noon we were finishing this activity and after a snack we went to Minas Viejas to rappel. On our way there we stopped for lunch on a very cozy place, it was a country house with farm animals on the yard. They made for us a very simple Mexican meal: picadillo (meat with tomato sauce, rice and tortillas. Agua de jamaica to drink) The hosts were really kind and this was a stop included in the tour.
Some day I will tell my kids that I went down 164 feet hanging from a rope on a mountain wall.
This is rappel and the less you fear the fastest you go down. We all have seen Tom Cruise doing it on a building wall on Mission Impossible; so it´s just like that but surrounded with nature and green.
When you´re up there the only thing you can see is the light blue water beneath you. As you start going down there´s a wonderful waterfall going down with you to your right.
You push with your legs the wall of the mountain and loose some of the rope. Simple and fun. There´re some holes in the rock that are trickier to pass, you only have to loose more rope and get over them.
At the end you get to a freezing pond of water. Some people stay and swim for a while, I got out as fast as I could to change for dry clothes.
On our way to the bus there was a man selling corn that tasted like heaven! They´re boiled dressed with mayo, cheese and some chili powder. After that we headed back to Ciudad Valles and got there around 6:00 pm.
So, that´s the recap of our first and second day. Arriving to the hotel we went for tacos nearby because we were starving after all the going up and down. Took a warm shower and off to bed because the next day expected us with a lot more adrenaline.
Huaxteca Potosina – Adventure day three.