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

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

7 hours
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Experience the delights of Villa de Santiago, a historical town just south of Monterrey that’s known for its colonial architecture and neighboring waterfall, Cola de Caballo. Start your day trip with a knowledgeable guide at the waterfall, a favorite local destination for escaping the city. You can simply walk around, or take things up a notch with horseback riding or bungee jumping (own expense). Then tour Santiago’s attractive sights, from La Boca dam to Iglesia Santiago Apostol, a stunning Baroque church. Round-trip transport from Monterrey is included.

After pickup in Monterrey, head with your guide by comfortable van to Cola de Caballo, about 1 hour south of the city on the edge of Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, just outside Villa de Santiago. Meaning Horse Tail in English, the 82-foot (25-meter) Cola de Caballo waterfall is one of the most popular natural attractions in the Monterrey area. Find out why as you admire the falls from all angles by climbing up the steps that provide different viewpoints, some of which are so close to the falls that you’ll feel the spray of the water. To get to the waterfall, you can either walk with your guide along the 1-mile (1.6-km) path from the entrance, or travel by horseback or horse-pulled cart (own expense). You have an hour to spend at the waterfall, where you can enjoy being surrounded by lush vegetation and browse the handicraft stalls for souvenirs. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go bungee jumping! A snack bar is available if you get hungry. (Bungee jumping and snacks at your own expense.)Next, head into Villa de Santiago, a designated Pueblo Mágico, or Magic Town, a program developed by Mexico’s tourism board to recognize towns that offer an authentic Mexican cultural experience or hold an important place in Mexico’s history. Santiago is also home to La Boca Dam, the nickname for Presa Rodrigo Gomez, a manmade lake that locals love for kayaking, boating and other water sports. Head here for lunch at Playa Dorada, a floating restaurant on the lake that offers views of the surrounding mountains (own expense; restaurant subject to change). Or you may choose to eat lunch at one of the other waterfront restaurants instead, and then meet back up with your guide for your Santiago city tour.Your tour takes in Santiago’s main churches, squares, fountains and other colonial sights. See Plaza Ocampo, Santiago Apostol Church, Palacio Municipal and other historical attractions that line the charming streets. After your city tour, head back to Monterrey, where your day trip ends.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fee to cola de caballo

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Optional activities at cola de caballo, such as horseback riding and horse-cart rides: approx. 20 to 30 mexican pesos (us$3 each)