Most of those who take one of the flights to San Luis Potosí do so to know the famous Huasteca Potosina and take the best postcards of the landscape. However, in San Luis Potosí, there is much more than the Huasteca, and one of the clearest examples can be seen visiting Real de Catorce, one of the most beautiful and oldest Magical Towns of Mexico.
Arriving at Real de Catorce
Passing Matehuala we will arrive at the deviation by a stone path towards Real de Catorce, this road is of almost 40 minutes until we reach the welcome arch. When you arrive, you will have to pay a fee of 20 pesos to go through a tunnel called Ogarrio, which is one way, so you’ll have to wait a bit, but the magic and adventure begins from this point, as it opens the way through the tunnel it will seem that you are traveling through a tunnel through time. When you see the light, you will know that you have reached one of the most amazing places that Mexico has, immediately many children arrive and they will offer to take you to your hotel or take you to one with an available room.
Traveling the place
Walking through its streets you will see many buildings abandoned or in ruins, some are from the years of 1780, when Real de Catorce was one of the largest mining centers in the country. Currently it is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Mexico, in this town you will want to take pictures in each of its buildings, and sometimes, the town remains in a chilling silence, which will make you feel that, something or someone, is going to scare you at any time. Many people don´t live in this place and only go to work, so as soon as the night begins, the town will remain empty, there are even people who only open their places on weekends, but no matter what day you visit, you will always find hotels for all tastes and needs, and of course, restaurants, cafes and bars at any time of the year.
A place full of history and beauty
As we mentioned before, the place has many special places and perfect to take a picture, but undoubtedly, some of the most outstanding are the pantheon, the chapel, the old bullring, the mint and the parish of the Purísima. Each of these protects its history and visiting them is a must so that, in addition to admiring its architectural beauty, you can also learn about the legends that are told about the place.
One of the main attractions of Real de Catorce is the Photographic Safari aboard the Willys, and you can´t leave this place without living this extraordinary adventure. A Willys is one of the first jeep vehicles 4×4, these vehicles reach to transport more than 10 people even in the awning, quite old jeep, which will make even more unique the experience heading to the desert. During the journey to the desert you will continue to find buildings in totally ruins that are already part of this magical landscape, you will also see waterfalls, so you must have your camera ready at all times and take home the best shots of your trip, and when you choose between the flights to San Luis Potosí and its old mining town.