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Discover the delights of visionary Villa de Santiago on a full-day cultural tour from Monterrey. Experience the colonial charm and historical majesty of this traditional town while also enjoying the natural splendor of the neighboring waterfall. Begin your day in the refreshing waters of the waterfall, listening as a knowledgeable guide directs your attention to fascinating flora and fauna. Appease an appetite for adventure by bungee jumping or horseback riding (own expense), and then satisfy cultural cravings with a tour of Villa de Santiago’s stunning sights. See the stunning Baroque church of Iglesia Santiago Apostol before returning to your Monterrey hotel.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Monterrey to Villa de Santiago
  • Visit one of the area’s most popular natural attractions, Cola de Caballo waterfall
  • Climb up steps to admire the waterfall from several angles
  • Go horseback riding or bungee jumping, if you wish
  • Have lunch on La Boca, a pretty lake surrounded by mountains
  • Take a city tour of Santiago, a Pueblo Mágico known for its colonial sights
  • Learn about the area’s history and culture from a local guide

What You Can Expect

Cola de Caballo Waterfall and Villa de Santiago Day Trip from Monterrey

Visit Villa de Santiago and its colonial sights!

Greet your guide at your Monterrey hotel and enjoy the scenic journey to Cola de Caballo in a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan. Admire the rugged landscape as you arrive at Cumbres de Moterrey, a national park just outside of Villa de Santiago. 

Gaze in wonder at the spectacular natural attraction of Cola de Cabollo, an 82-foot (25-meter) waterfall, and marvel at the powerful rush of its water torrents. Ascend to a variety of vantage points to enjoy the waterfall from different perspectives, admiring the rugged rocks as you feel a refreshing spray upon your face. Reach the waterfall by hiking for 1-mile (1.6km) with your guide, or hiring a romantic horse drawn cart for the journey (own expense). 

Enjoy an hour of relaxing free time at the waterfall; peruse quaint artisan stalls for souvenirs and sample local snacks from food vendors. Quell a craving for adventure by enjoying an adventurous bungee jump from a crevice on the waterfall (bungee jumping and snacks are at your own expense). 

Then, get back onboard your minivan and venture to the picturesque town of Villa de Santiago for a tour of the sublime sights. Appreciate the authentic cultural experience of town designated a Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) by Mexico’s tourist board. Watch the sun shimmer on the surface of La Boca Dam, a manmade lake favored by the locals for kayaking and exciting water sports. Then, savor the explosive flavors of a traditional Mexican lunch from the floating restaurant in the middle of the lake. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountain panorama as you feast on the fine food of Playa Dorada (restaurant is subject to change and food is at your own expense). 

See, too, Villa de Santiago’s splendid selection of churches squares and fountains accompanied by your knowledgeable guide. Absorb the colonial charm as you wander the streets to see sights like Santiago Apostol Church, Plaza Ocampo and Palacio Municipal, gaining insight into the fascinating history of the structures. Relax during your return journey to your Monterrey hotel, where your tour concludes.

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