‘k, I love this place. It’s beautiful, it’s lush, it’s prosperous, it’s friendly, it’s got the right amount of tourism with the right amount of local culture. Dave described it as Coast Rica without the Americanization and tourism. That’s a great description. This place is an eco-tourist’s dream but without the token zip lines or vegan hostals, just natural beauty and ecological treasures. It’s also a sportsman’s paradise with rock climbing, spelunking, caving, white water rafting/kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, even scuba diving… This place has it all. …albeit a bit on the hot and humid side for my taste.
Huasteca consists of a small mountain range on the edges of four states (San Luis Potosi, Querétaro, Veracruz, and Tamaulipas with the lions share in SLP). What I didn’t catch the last time I was here and what took me by surprise this time is this mountain range is lower than anything we’d ridden so far on the trip. My first visit to Huasteca, I rode in from the coast, but this time we came via the planos altos (high plains) of Durango and Zacatecas, all between 6,000-8,500’, only to find ourselves dropping down into a mountainous area. It seemed a bit surreal as I always associate mountains with high altitude but this range varied from 200’ above see level to 7,0
00’. It was a crazy feeling dropping down into mountains.
Day One took us through Xilitla and we had to make a stop and Sir Edward James’s. I can’t say enough about how cool this place is. See post http://motorcyclemenus.com/2011/01/21/goodbye-to-huasteca-for-now/
Limited for time, we didn’t stay long in the gardens. Just long enough to get a feel for the place, cool off in the waterfall and air dry ourselves with a cerveza before heading to the river. A quick view of the river, and another quick dip in the water and we proceeded to the Sotano de las golondrias.