Day 1

Our journey will start in the old mining town of Pinal de Amoles, nestled high in the mountains. From there we will travel to nearby community of Cuatro Palos to take a short walk to the breathtaking lookout of the Cerro de la Media Luna (Half Moon Mountain in Spanish). After enjoying stunning landscape, we will return to have lunch in one of the traditional small restaurants (fondas) along the Flavor Trail.

After lunch, we will travel to Chuvejé Waterfall, a nearly 30-metre drop into the crystal-clear rock pools, perfect for swimming on a warm day. We will then continue to the historic town of Jalpan de Serra, where you will catch your first glimpse of one of the region’s five UNESCO World Heritage-listed Franciscan Missions. Explore the town before dining in one of the Jalpan’s traditional restaurants.

Accommodation: Centro Tierra Cabins in Jalpan de Serra.

Day 2

Start your morning by enjoying a traditional breakfast in one of the small restaurants (fondas) on the Flavor Trail. After breakfast, we will travel to the charming pueblito of Landa de Matamoros, where we will explore Regional Community Museum and Landa’s Franciscan Mission.

After, we will head to the small mountain town of San Juan de los Durán. On the way, we will get to know Las Mariposas ceramic workshop, where a group of local women makes mud and ceramic pieces.

Once in San Juan de los Durán, we will have time check into their eco-cabins and enjoy typical lunch. We will then take a walk in a neighboring forest and take in the beautiful surroundings.

After the walk, dinner will be served and we will make a bonfire.

Accommodation: Eco-cabins in San Juan de los Durán.

Sótano de las Golondrinas

Day 3

We will wake up early and set out towards the Sótano de las Golondrinas (Cave of Swallows in Spanish), a spectacular vertical cave, featuring a 370-meter free fall and 512-meter total depth. The cave’s sheer walls are home to thousands of birds (including the white-collared swifts and green parakeets) that leave their cave nests and spiral out into the sky in search of food as the sun rises.

We will then proceed to have breakfast at Fonda Aquismón, before driving to Xilitla. There we will step into the magic and madness of Las Pozas, the lush surrealist sculpture gardens created by Sir Edward James. After exploring the stories-high monuments, rock pools, and waterfalls of Las Pozas, we will head back to Jalpan de Serra, where we will complete our tour.

VISITED SITES AND LODGING