Cascada de Texolo
Cascada de Texolo
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NOT Just a simple HIKE
Aug 2022
Impressive ,worth while , people will visit area ILL IMFORMED : falls easily reachable by taxi from Xico down bumpy cobblestone road , opportunity to view coffee crop . parking and concession , mixed in CFE plant and pipes .. trail starts as paved road very steep grade ,becomes rocky path , angle becomes steeper eventually becomes almost ladder ...muddy and slippery , a 1|2 a mile you will hear the falls before see them , impressive , especially in context of canyon containing pool , mist environment waters Fern tress bromeliads ..volume of water a spay is amazing HOWEVER : writing this review to warn others > the trail is VERY PRECIPITOUS , very steep angle THERE ARE NO GAURD RAILS OR ROPES , it i dangerous ! had to rest several times on excruciating climb out as did oth , t heat sweat intense ,rescue squads come in and take out an out of shape older visitor to ambulance at top ...PLEASE BE AWARE t not a simple HIKE along a trail through forest ...t unimproved pathway would not be permitted in some countries ! appropriate foot wear is essential ( many visitors were wearing trendy city clothes and footwear totally inappropriate for the challenge ....I would not do this again , and frankly recommend it only for people in good reasonable condition and health! palapa type ( BARS!) and simple restaurant at entrance ..chance to see huge blue butterflies and some i birds and plant species ....CONSIDER PHYSICAL ABILITIES took me more than an hour to get out ..NEVER AGAIN

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tamara f
Cagliari, Italy41 contributions
Feb 2020
We loved !!! It is a great place , a really full immersion in the nature. The local people are really taking care of the environment , they respect and they keep clean all the area.
We strongly recommend the visite to the waterfalls !!!
Written March 6, 2020
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Mark U
San Diego, CA85 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
I almost left Texolo thinking I had really wasted a long drive to get to a mediocre place and pretty dirty place. Especially after having been to the San Luis Potosi area where you can swim in gorgeous blue water. One important thing - there is no where you can swim here. Don't expect to be able to. I really was hoping to swim and that's a no. Also if you want to see the really good part there is a really serious hike. I'm in really good shape and I was tired from it.

So, when you get there as usual in Mex there are people selling stuff. You walk down the path and you actually don't have to pay except to park. You go across the bridge which is pretty fun in you like heights. It's about as safe as most things in Mexico - you just need to trust it. You walk over the canyon and you can look through the boards a couple of hundred feet down right beneath your shoes. Definitely not suitable for people with fear of heights.

When you get across the bridge - this is the important part! All of the signs that say "Cascadas" go to the right and the vendors who are there will also send you in this direction. You get a brief view of the big falls but not much of it and then you go down a really trash covered path, past a restaurant that seems to not care about the trash and you wind up at a grotto with a relatively small waterfall and a pool you can't swim in. There is trash all over the place as well (or there was when I was there.) I was really disappointed. I asked some locals if there was anything further up and they said no. I turned around.

At the place where the locals send you to the right there is a second bridge that goes to the left. There are signs for "restaurant Mirador" - GO THAT WAY :)! There are 2 options once you start up this path. The restaurant itself is absolutely worth the hike up. It's 800 Meters and it's a little steep but not too bad and well maintained and it takes you to a breathtaking view of the whole valley - that's where those pictures are from if you look at my pictures. The restaurant there is very clean and calm. I just had some lemonade so I can't comment on the food but it would be an amazing place to eat a meal (I didn't bring much money on the hike!)

For the more hearty and adventurous I would also recommend PRIOR to going to the restaurant, once you have crossed the bridge and go up a couple of flights of stairs with the wooden red rails, look for signs to take the trail to the left. They say "Entrada La Cascada" and the trail looks (and is) a lot more narrow and hand cut. You will pass a spot to leave $5 pesos for the guy that maintains the trail. It's well worth it! You may see he chopping jungle along the way - I did. This trail winds down, down, down very steeply with very technical steps. There are a couple of rest stops built into trees which are very cool. Not sure how many steps but it takes you all the way into the canyon and ends with a fantastic view near the bottom of the falls looking up at the bridge (This is how you get the angle in that picture). The hike back up is a great workout but in the jungle with the waterfall I am pretty sure it would be cool (literally in terms of temperature) at almost any time (at least much cooler than the surroundings)

I think I was the only person who was there that day who found this path and made it to this point. Once again - if I hadn't decided to check out the restaurant I would have left really disappointed - hope my advice helps!
Written February 20, 2014
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John P
Collingswood, New Jersey312 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
This place is amazing. I want to tell you how to get there and avoid large fees:
(A) From Central Veracruz City, Take the ADO Bus Line to Xalapa.
(B) In Xalapa City, get off at the Bus Station Terminal and wait EXACTLY on the first street which is outside of the bus station. Take the LOCAL bus to Los Sauces.
(C) From Los Sauces, walk north to the other side of the Traffic Circle because the street is one-way and the bus you will need is on the other side. Take a local bus to Xico, which is about 30 minutes from Xalapa City.
(D) In Xico, you will see a side that says "Bienvenido a Xico" and another sign pointing to the left (upwards) to Cascada de Texocolo. Get off of the bus and you can either walk (a good mile or so) or hail down a cab. The cab will take you to the entrance.

Notes: When I went in October, there was no one around. All of the "on-site" restaurants were closed. There was no fee at all! You do not, by any means, need a tour guide. You do, however, need the ability to walk long distances up and down the mountain in order to take in all of the falls.

There is an area where they charge a few Pesos to go up a privately-maintained walk-way/bridge. It is well worth whatever you have to pay as the views are breathtaking.

We chose to walk back to towne rather than calling the cab as the mobile service is spotty at best. Believe me, by the time we got back into the centre of Xico, we were drenched in perspiration and quite exhausted.

To get back to Central Veracruz, just do everything in reverse.

This sounds complicated; but the total cost between all the busses and even the one-way taxi for 2 of us, was less than $40 US ... for an entire day of breathtaking views and complete tranquility. Had we contracted a tour, the price was outrageous, approximately $120.00 US per person! So, if you are even slightly adventurous, are in decent health, and don't forget your bottles of water, some protein bars/snacks and a backpack; I highly suggest you go.

This is one of the most beautiful places I visted in my 2 weeks in Veracruz State.
Written November 15, 2015
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mrsmaymitchell
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The waterfalls are so amazing and beautiful. There are nice trails to walk on. Free to visit. There is a new restaurant to eat. I didn't try it though. There are great souvenir stands with reason.able prices. This is a great place to take wonderful pictures. The place has amazing views. I've been to the waterfalls twice and will return. The town of xixco is also gorgeous and the locals are very humble.
Written July 17, 2010
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D57896
Lexington, VA163 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
There is an easy walk (lined with vendors) to a viewing area at an old hydroelectric plant, which allows you to see the falls and the rainbow at the bottom. Very nice (but watch out for harmless-looking bugs that leave you with mosquito-type bites on your hands and arms). Also lots of butterflies. But then you can walk further to the right, over a bridge, and hike down a trail (a small fee is requested) to near the bottom of the waterfall. This is a fun hike through jungle-like flora (I saw a dead tarantula, and there is moss and other plants growing on some of the trees) with great views at the bottom, but the walk back up is strenuous. Thankfully there are several resting points along the way. Very much worth seeing, but I give it only four stars just because it's not Niagara Falls or that kind of epic sight.
Written August 14, 2014
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SteveNM
Albuquerque, NM273 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
I visited Xico with the intent to visit the town and the waterfall. I caught a bus out of Xalapa near the old market place (Los Sauces) - it was very inexpensive and easy. Buses run regularly both coming and going. The trip to Xico is very short and the scenery along the way is pleasant.

When I arrive din Xico, it was still early in the morning and a lot of places were closed. It was a clear beautiful day and the volcano was visible off in the distance. This is a great little city to take photos, so bring a camera and lots of storage.

There is a very big church at the end of one of the main streets, and this would be a great starting point for exploring the city. There are plenty of "tourist kiosks" situated here and the young people are full of information and maps to orient you and give you information about what to do, see, and where to eat, etc.

I did exactly that. The young person at the kiosk gave me a map and it clearly outlined all of the churches and museums that might be of interest. The town itself is very colorful, so just walking around and getting lost was an adventure. I decided to visit all of the churches. Many were just little chapels where people might stop and pray, but the neighborhoods they were in were interesting. There were still a lot of horses and burros being used by the locals. The city is hilly so be prepared to do some climbing if you plan to explore.

I decided to walk from the main square to the waterfall. This was a mistake. It is quite a distance away even though the map makes it look quite close. As I was walking in the direction of the waterfall, I stopped to take some pictures of an interesting view, and a young lady who was selling drinks came up to me and offered to sell me some. We got to talking, and I told her that I was headed for the waterfall. She became very concerned and told me that that was not a good idea.

She mentioned that some tourists had been "mugged" recently in that area, and that it was not safe to walk from where we were as it was quite a distance and there wasn't a lot of traffic to and from the area. She highly recommended that I hire a taxi to take me there and bring me back.

She seemed pretty sincere, so I did as she advised. The taxis were plentiful and only a couple of blocks away you could see them still pretty active, so I walked up to where they were, and hailed one.

The driver was a young man who was very friendly and very helpful. The trip to the waterfall wasn't that expensive, but he recommended that I hire him to take me and wait for me to bring me back. Apparently there were no buses from the waterfall back to town and taxis where also hit or miss. We agreed to a figure and off we went.

The young lady was correct. The waterfall was quite a distance away, and the road was very irregular and lined by jungle. Might be a little spooky if you were walking it alone.

When we got to the waterfall, the driver found a place to park, and I told him I would only be a few minutes. That's when he said, I might want to rethink that. He mentioned that the park was pretty big and there were some hikes worth taking. After discussing how long that might take, he decided to come along with me.

What a great guy. We went into the park, and were able to get some great views from his earlier experience bringing tourists here. He was very knowledgeable about the area having grown up there, and was able to take me to areas where I might get the best views and pictures. I was very lucky to have found him.

We spent a good 1.5 hours at the park, but I could have spent a lot more time if I had planned it better and arrived earlier. As a result, I saw the highlights with my taxi buddy, and when we were done, I invited him to come have lunch with me at a restaurant of his choosing.

This was a great bargain for me. I did the waterfall, had a guided tour, was driven to and from, and then went to a really great restaurant where I had some great local food excellently prepared by hand. And it cost me very little.

So, go to the waterall. Go early and see as much and get as much exercise as you can. Explore the city, and take lots of pictures - it is well worth a day trip from Xalapa.
Written July 22, 2016
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Jaime M
3 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
I was on vacation in Veracruz city.
I used public transportation to go to the Falls and it was certainly an adventure in multiple modes of transportation!

The Falls are in a little town in the middle of the mountains. If you like nature, this is the right place to go.If you are more of a city person and not very adventurous, I suggest you stay at home and watch discovery channel.

The waterfall is one of the only 50
Fog Cascades in the world. Please, if you go, help to keep it clean and do not litter. It is our future and for the new generations to enjoy the incredible beauty.

Written October 17, 2015
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sergiorms
San Antonio, Texas292 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
We got here late in the day, we could tell it had been very busy earlier, be sure you come in early to see the whole area, we were told this the area where they filmed Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas, and it is beautiful the combination of the jungle and the water, be prepared for an easy walk, bring a good pair of tennis shoes, take your time and enjoy the whole area.
Written April 8, 2014
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Jeff A
Atlanta, GA10 contributions
Aug 2022
Impressive ,worth while , people will visit area ILL IMFORMED : falls easily reachable by taxi from Xico down bumpy cobblestone road , opportunity to view coffee crop . parking and concession , mixed in CFE plant and pipes .. trail starts as paved road very steep grade ,becomes rocky path , angle becomes steeper eventually becomes almost ladder ...muddy and slippery , a 1|2 a mile you will hear the falls before see them , impressive , especially in context of canyon containing pool , mist environment waters Fern tress bromeliads ..volume of water a spay is amazing
HOWEVER : writing this review to warn others > the trail is VERY PRECIPITOUS , very steep angle THERE ARE NO GAURD RAILS OR ROPES , it i dangerous ! had to rest several times on excruciating climb out as did oth , t heat sweat intense ,rescue squads come in and take out an out of shape older visitor to ambulance at top ...PLEASE BE AWARE t not a simple HIKE along a trail through forest ...t unimproved pathway would not be permitted in some countries ! appropriate foot wear is essential ( many visitors were wearing trendy city clothes and footwear totally inappropriate for the challenge ....I would not do this again , and frankly recommend it only for people in good reasonable condition and health!
palapa type ( BARS!) and simple restaurant at entrance ..chance to see huge blue butterflies and some i birds and plant species ....CONSIDER PHYSICAL ABILITIES took me more than an hour to get out ..NEVER AGAIN
Written August 30, 2022
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RusinChris
Washington DC, DC240 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a great, quiet, natural area to explore. There's food available, and beautiful views abound. It was wonderful to see the myriad butterflies and dragonflies on our walk. I do think the area could use some upkeep, some of the paths were in poor shape, and difficult to maneuver for folks with disabilities. As noted in other reviews, there is no admission fee, but I think some small fee might be appropriate, if only to help develop/upkeep the paths. I also don't think the viewing angles on the amazing waterfalls were well placed, that could use some development too. Otherwise, this place is a treasure!
Written September 11, 2019
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