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Hostal Hacienda Apulco
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

The Hostal is as far off the beaten track as you can get, on a scenic but marginal two lane highway that's often sheathed in fog and very unforgiving. The scenery is worth the harrowing trip, with verdant canyons dropping hundreds of feet on one hand, and towering sand cliffs festooned with temperate rainforest on the other. The sand mountains give way to rock in the valley of Apulco, where the river cuts deep chasms through solid grey walls, and towering waterfalls grace the narrow ravines. The Hostal offers a number of unheated cabins, from rustic A-frames with unfinished interior walls to ample block structures with two baths, two bedrooms and double lofts above a common seating area that sleep 8. The largest, most elaborate cabins have fireplaces and porches, which must have been perfect for the mists and drizzle of this damp lush climate. We stayed in an unheated A-Frame on a cold rainy night in December when heat would have been welcome! Still, the 50 degree temperatures were more than bearable, especially during our walks through towering tree ferns to magnificent waterfalls, there are well-marked trails for hikers and even horses available for 'heated seat" equitrekking, lol. In addition to the beauty of the rugged waterways, the Hostal hosts the National Trout Fishing Competition, so there's plenty of outdoor attractions for the enthusiast. The Hostal is ruggedly charming, with a thick blanket of strongly-scented pine needles on the floor and, for the holidays, a Christmas tree covered in red-flowered bromeliads. As far as dining goes, the restaurant adjacent to the reception area has a gas-fired rock-filled trough that quickly warms the room. We ate at a long, rustic table, enjoying atmosphere along with local specialties like the soup, and the local trout served with an excellent chili sauce. The food was hearty and good, but hardly gourmet; the snacks served in the little lean-to at the far end of the property, however, were flat out amazing. Daniel, the ever-ready and solicitous camp manager, toured ceaselessly in the rain, covered in a slicker on his motorcycle, ferrying 'botanas', inexpensive, delicious snacks, to the cabins until nearly 10pm. On our way out the next day, we stopped at the Cascada La Gloria, a 30 minute walk from the Hostal that we elected to drive (it was still a half hour walk up to the falls even from the parking area), passing even taller ferns and fallen logs that would have graced the set of Jackson's "King Kong". All in all, a worthwhile trip, if a little on the rough side for older travellers, and a totally different climate and scenery than expected in the high, dry state of Puebla.

Room Tip: Book the cabin with the fireplaces in the winter, or bring an electric heater if you need to be warm at night
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Stayed: March 2018, traveled with family
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled as a couple
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