Jan 27, 2007, 9:19 PM
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Oh My Goodness. If you like la nature and emerald and tourquoise waters and waterfalls ala "Romancing the Stone" while you stay at a Balneario with thermal waters, this is the place for you. I tried to take pictures of navigational spots, but missed one. We're staying at the Balneario in Church's 3rd edition; about 8km along MX85 south of Ciudad Valles. Cost is 90 pesos a night. Water pressure is non-existant but they'll bring a water pump out as the bomba is fried. Electricity is EXCELLENT! The electrical hookups look frightening, but the luz is very good; we run through an external surge protector and if the corriente is too low or too high or polarity reversed, it is no go. We've got the water heater and microwave on without any trouble.
So, following http://www.vallesyhuastecapotosina.com/rutas.htm, Ruta 3. Basically, leaving the Balneario, go north on MX85 to the libramiento (very well marked in this direction) and take MX70 towards SLP (the libramiento at this point). Left at the largest Pemex you've seen with an Auto Park; the works. Go along until the libramiento meets up with MX70 and head towards Rio Verde/SLP. Look carefully around km7 for a small sign to El Naranjo.
The road on the way to El Naranjo. See the cliff in the very middle? That is where Mico is.
The Mico/Pago Pago salto is first around km 18 (the town of Estacion Mico is at km 19) and there are no signs. You'll see, on your right, a mirador with a view of the salto, and a little afterwards on your right again, what looks like some type of hydro stuff and stairs. Park here and head down the stairs to the salto. This is the telephoto view from the mirador
Continuing along the road to El Naranjo, you'll hit the town of Estacion Quinientos where you'll take a right (follow the signs to El Naranjo). You'll then hit a town that explains all the cane fields you've been driving through and a huge, belching, polluting cane fabrica.
At km 52ish you'll see a sign for Corona
but if you miss it, turn around and you'll see a sign for Minas Viejas. I always drive in Mexico looking at the directional signs I've passed because I always find that the directional signs are sometimes missing in one direction. Take this left and you'll be on a sinuous paved road heading UP. About 5-6km up this road you'll come to a sign for the salto but it points to a cane field.
Believe it. Drive through the cane field
and you'll come to an open spot to park. You're at the top of the salto. Walk down the 4wd road (well, it looked that way to us) and you'll be at a surprisingly somewhat developed area; bathrooms and a wood and gravel STAIRCASE!
And this is what you'll find...
Hell's Half Acre