Summer Roadtrip: Sierra Gorda & Huasteca Potosina, Part 2

Day 2. It was hot as hell and super humid, but that didn’t stop us from exploring our next stop: Landa de Matamoros.

We had an early wake up call, then grabbed breakfast and hopped on the van that took us to the little town of Landa de Matamoros. The highlight was visiting a Franciscan Mission. There are 5 missions in the Sierra Gorda and each of them is unique, the architecture mixes catholic symbols with the old indigenous culture. There are tour dedicated to visiting them and the history behind them is also very interesting and worth of admiration.

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We then headed to Las Adjuntas, this was also not in our tour, but David knew we wanted to swim so he took us to the river, to his favorite spot, and we cooled down in the cold river water. It was such a cool and fun experience.

We then headed to Jalpan de Serra and visited the town center and another of the Franciscan missions. We were hungry so we grabbed some amazing food and drank some local pulque, and hit the road again. This time our destiny was the community of San Juan de los Durán.

This community is literally in the middle of the mountains, they have some cabañas where you can stay. I was sceptical at first, but the place was so beautiful and peaceful. There´s no electricity, no phone service, no internet… just the nature surrounding you and it was just what we needed.

We walked and explored the surroundings, we took a shower with candle light and then had some hot chocolate with our homemade dinner. Before going to bed we just stared at the sky. The stars were so bright, we could even see the milky way!! That’s how in the middle of nowhere we were.

Sadly I don’t have a lot of photos of this day because my phone had died and like I said we didn’t have any electricity until the next day. 😦

Day 3. Again waking up before dawn, having super early breakfast and heading to El Sotano de las Golondrinas. Guys, this is such a cool show that nature puts on for us! Cave of Swallows (in english) is an open air pit cave in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, and  it’s the largest known cave shaft in the world. The cave gets its name from the green parakeets and white-collared swifts that live along its walls. Each day, at dawn and at sunset, the birds fly in concentric circles up the cave shaft before the flocks come spilling out of the of the hole into the jungle.

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The early morning was worth it.

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We got our second breakfast of the day and went to our final destination: Xilitla.

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Xilitla is known for Edward James Surrealist Garden. That place is crazy and pretty and weird way. It’s a mix of a rain forest, rivers and waterfalls and weird and unique structures.

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We swam a little bit, explored as much as we could without melting and then went back to Pinal de Amoles where we had our last meal and then caught a bus back to Queretaro.

Summer memories with my girls. ☀️✨ // #vscocam #travel #mexico #nature #summer #roadtrip #xilitla #wanderlust #girlsvsglobe #tb

Una foto publicada por Maribel Elguero (@itsmary_e) el 16 de Oct de 2016 a la(s) 9:20 PDT

 

It was the perfect ending for a perfect roadtrip.

What has been your favorite roadtrip?

XO
Mary

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