5 reasons to fall in love with Xilitla

Visit a surrealist garden in the middle of a dense jungle, sleep in a tipi or even eat a 6.5-foot-long tamale in Xilitla, San Luis Potosí.

Photo: San Luis Potosí Tourism Board
English 26/12/2016 18:52 Viridiana Ramírez Actualizada 19:33
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1. The coffee shops

Xilitla produces the best coffee of the entire region. In the downtown area of the Magical Town of Xilitla, there are dozens of stores that sell jute bags of locally-grown coffee. You can even taste several varieties of coffee beans at the Café Hostal, which houses a beautiful outdoor restaurant with amazing views of the jungle. You can even go on a coffee tour: www.hotelhostaldelcafe.com.

2. The jewel of Xilitla

The main attraction, of course, is the surrealist garden by Edward James. We recommend spending an entire day at the garden to enjoy its three most famous sculptures: The Hands, The Hall of the Seven Serpents, the Bamboo Palace and the Stairway to the Heavens. Here, you will find several turquoise springs and a 50 meter tall network of waterfalls.

3. Sleep in a tipi

Casa Caracol is a hostal is for the adventure seekers looking to get in touch with nature. Its rooms resemble the typical and ancient tipi homes of Native Americans. On weekends, guests can enjoy Silent Film projects with live music, as well as week-long painting, dancing and photography workshops. For more information, visit: www.xilitlacaracol.com

4. The Pueblo

Don't forget to visit the San Agustín ex-convent. On weekends, tourists can enjoy typical Mexican folk music and a street market where indigenous people sell all kinds of arts and crafts, and food. Don't forget to try a zacahuil, a tamale that's over six and a half feet long stuffed with three different kinds of meat and covered in a spicy red hot pepper sauce.

5. The Sótano de las huahuas caves

This natural wonder is around 1.5 hours away from Xilitla. The company MS Expediciones organizes trips for tourists to see the flight of the vencejo, or common swift, which are known for flying over 1,500 feet into a massive underground cave. The itinerary includes a visit to a natural medicinal center where tourists can learn how to make herbal teas and medicinal capsules. www.msxpediciones.com

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