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 the nearby community of Cuatro Palos and, once there, 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. It is perfect for swimming on a warm day. We will then continue to the heart of the Sierra Gorda­ – 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 and local handicrafts stores before dining in one of the Jalpan’s traditional restaurants.

Accommodation: Centro Tierra Cabins in Jalpan de Serra.

Day 2

After breakfast, we will travel to the archaeological site of Tancama. Over 1000 years old and featuring more than 42 stone structures, this site is surrounded by magnificent mountainous landscapes. After exploring the Huastecan ruins, we will visit Tilaco Community Museum, handicrafts shop, and Tilaco’s Franciscan Mission. Lunch will be served at Fonda Chava.

You will then be able to test your creative skills by taking part in Las Mariposas ceramic workshop. After washing the clay off our hands, we will return to Jalpan de Serra, where we will dine and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Accommodation: Centro Tierra Cabins in Jalpan de Serra.

Jardín Surrealista de Edward James

Day 3

We will start our day with a delicious breakfast in one of the traditional restaurants (fondas) along the Flavor Trail. Then we will drive to Xilitla, where 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, you will have a chance to experience traditional Huastecan cuisine in the town center.

On our way back to Jalpan de Serra, we will stop in Landa de Matamoros to visit Franciscan Mission of Santa María de las Aguas and Landa Community Museum. Afterwards, we will return to Jalpan de Serra, where you will be able to rest or enjoy a walk before dining in the town center.

Accommodation: Centro Tierra Cabins in Jalpan de Serra.

Day 4

Enjoy an early morning walk before heading for breakfast at Fonda Doña Mary, a small rural restaurant that forms part of our famous Flavor Trail. We will then travel to Bucareli to explore the 18th century convent and Mission. There will be time for a wander down to the river to enjoy the magnificent landscape.

We will then return to Pinal de Amoles, stopping en route to enjoy our last traditional meal at one of the local fondas.

Misión Bucareli

VISITED SITES AND LODGING