Visiting Tamul Waterfall in Mexico

The region of Huastecas in San Luis Potosi, Mexico has a lot to offer including the tallest waterfall of the region, Tamul waterfall. Largely unvisited by non Mexican nationals, Huastecas is known for its eco tourism and incredible natural beauty. When I was planning our RV trip to Mexico I kept seeing pictures of Tamul waterfall and I knew I had to visit myself.

What to bring

While all of these items are not required, it is suggested to have the following (especially water shoes)!

  • Waterproof camera (such as a cell phone or go pro)
  • Water shoes
  • Sunscreen (ideally one that is environmentally safe like this)
  • Buff or hat to protect your neck and face
  • Long sleeve quick dry shirt
  • Dry bag (especially if you don’t have waterproof cameras or other items)
  • Change of clothes for after the excursion

visiting tamul waterfall

In order to visit Tamul waterfall you must book an excursion with a tour group. We ended up booking with Huasteca Sharet, and were super pleased with our entire experience. Not only was our tour guide awesome but our tour included transportation to and from the waterfall as well as an incredible home cooked meal at the end of a long day paddling.

They, along with most of the other tour companies are located in Cuidad Valles which is about an hour away from the actual waterfall launching area. Once you get to the launching area, where the canoes are kept there are restrooms and lots of vendors selling quick dry long sleeve shirts, buffs, hats, water shoes, and dry bags for around $20 to $50 pesos per item.

Your journey to the waterfall is up river, so you will work to get to Tamul waterfall. It’s about a 45 minute ride with about 15 minutes walking half way through to get through small rapids. The guides carry the boats through the rapids. The view on the paddle up is incredible! There are mini waterfalls, lush moss, trees, and the gorgeous blue water. It really is something special.

Tamul waterfall is 340 ft tall and nearly 300 meters long. It’s extremely powerful and truly breathtaking. You can walk up the side of the mountain some to get closer to the waterfall, but the boats take you to the closest point you can safely be before turning around.

Visiting Cueva del Agua

Once you’re group is finished at Tamul waterfall, the tour guide will take you to a small cave along the river called Cueva del Agua. Swimming in the cave is allowed, but it will be packed. We didn’t let the crowds scare us off and jumped right in! It’s not every day you get to swim in a cave in Mexico.

When the tour was complete our guide brought us to a home where a woman prepared an incredible meal for us. 

There were bathrooms and changing rooms on sight as well so you could get comfortable and dry before eating and taking the hour drive back into town. We are so thankful we went out of our way to experience Tamul waterfall and are so thankful to Huasteca Sharet for making it an incredible experience. I would love to hear if you’ve been to Tamul waterfall, or if you found these tips helpful when planning your trip to Tamul waterfall below.


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Liz & Dennis

Liz & Dennis


We’re two travel-loving, real estate investing, foodies exploring North America as full-time RV’ers. This blog is where we share our lessons learned, tips and tricks, and favorite places to eat, see, and RV across North America! We hope it helps you find your wanderlust, plan and prepare for RV life, and get out on the road!


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