REAL DE CATORCE
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GHOST TOWN COMBINED WITH HUICHOL MAGIC

This town is located in the heart of the Sierra de Catorce, in the state of San Luis Potosi, and is considered a living legend as it combines ruins of some houses, classified as "ghostly" buildings, with ancient Huichol worship traditions and old mines.

The entrance to the town is through the Ogarrio Tunnel, the only access to Real de Catorce. It has a length of 2,300 meters and dates back to the late 19th century.

This peculiar entrance, along with its cobbled, narrow, and steep streets, gives it a unique picturesque character, where remnants of the silver bonanza that took place over a century ago still remain. There is a sense of mysticism, perhaps due to its proximity to Wirikuta, the sacred area of the Huichol people.

The town has been the setting for several movies, and despite its size, it boasts a good number of hotels and restaurants

The climate is high-altitude, making it rather cool. In the summer months, temperatures average around 22ºC, while in the winter months, they can drop to 5ºC.

It is located 61 km (one hour) from Matehuala, 256 km (three and a half hours) from the city of San Luis Potosi, 307 km (three hours and fifty minutes) from Monterrey, and 643 km (nine hours and fifteen minutes) from Mexico City.

Real de Catorce

What to See in Real de Catorce

Tourist Attractions of Real de Catorce

Plaza Hidalgo (Main Plaza)

To experience the characteristic atmosphere of Real de Catorce, you must sit on one of the benches in the tranquil garden of Plaza Hidalgo, with its wrought iron kiosk and surrounded by a series of interesting shops to explore.

Casa de la Moneda (Mint)

You can visit the old Casa de la Moneda, dating back to the late 19th century, which now serves as the Casa de la Cultura. Inside, there are several rooms with exhibitions of coins, photographs, paintings, and Huichol art.

Parroquia de la Purísima Concepción (Parish)

The parish is dedicated to the patron saint of the town and also the patron saint of miners. This temple dates back to the 18th century and features a neoclassical facade. Beautiful altars can be seen along all its walls, and it boasts a 19th-century pipe organ.

Capilla de Guadalupe (Chapel)

It features a collection of religious murals and is also a point not to be missed. It was built to bury notable figures from the town, and currently, there are 70 tombs inside.

Puente Zaragoza (Bridge)

On the way to the cemetery and the old bullring, which was inaugurated in 1791 and has been unused for over a century, you have to pass through the Zaragoza Bridge, built over a canyon and adorned with triangular structures, each bearing a coat of arms.

Shops and Galleries

Throughout the town, there are several shops, galleries, and stores selling the most representative crafts of the region, highlighting the colorful pieces made by the Huichol people. You can also find handicrafts made from semi-precious rocks containing pyrite, quartz, and copper.

El Espacio Escultórico del Desierto (Sculpture Space of the Desert)

Located on the grounds of the municipality of Venegas, it covers 16 hectares where several sculptures have been placed.

Ex Hacienda Laguna Seca

Mezcal has been produced in this old hacienda for centuries. Although the process has been modernized, some original elements are preserved, making you feel like you've traveled back in time.

What to Do in Real de Catorce

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UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES IN REAL DE CATORCE

Enjoy Desert Landscapes

You can take a horseback ride or explore the wonders of the desert in a truck to admire the night skies adorned with millions of stars.

Explore the Sacred Mountain

Another interesting spot to explore is Cerro Quemado, the sacred mountain of Wirikuta, where the Huichol communities communicate with their ancestors. It is on this mountain that their pilgrimages end.

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