From clandestine garbage dump to ecotourism viewpoint in Xilitla, San Luis Potosí

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Xilitla is a town in the state of San Luis Potosí, in central Mexico. It’s known for the Las Pozas garden, created by English artist Edward James. Set in a rainforest, it features towering surrealist sculptures amid pools and waterfalls. The central San Agustín church was once a convent built by Augustinian missionaries in the 1500s. Outside the town, Cueva del Salitre is a cave that’s home to thousands of parakeets.

With a view of the majestic Huasteca Potosina, the new Xilitla Viewpoint seeks to diversify the tourist offer of Xilitla and rescue artisanal activities in danger of disappearing.

To expand the ecotourism offer offered by the Magic Town of Xilitla, in San Luis Potosí, on Saturday, March 9, the La Huerta Tourist Viewpoint was inaugurated which, in addition to offering a magnificent view of the majestic Sierra Madre Oriental, represents an opportunity for economic activation for communities whose activities are at risk of disappearing.

This project was born as an extension of the La Huerta Ecotourism Village, which in 2023 won a second national place in the Best Sustainable Entrepreneurship contest, so they seek to ensure that their activities are always attached to the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project was promoted by the brothers Rosa Iselda, Fernando Iran, and Noemi Ochoa, who saw great potential to promote the artisanal work of the little-recognized communities in the region.

Rosa Iselda Ochoa highlighted that the value of this project is not only its privileged location that provides an admirable view of the mountains that are the southern entrance to the Huasteca of Potosí, but that it is a recovered space since it was a garbage dump. clandestine and its transformation required a year of cleaning work.

Luis Aguilar, tourism advisor of the project, explained that this site is located at a height of 570 meters above sea level, so it offers a panoramic view of the mountains, in addition to bird watching, some of which are in Danger of Extinction."It is a place that received garbage, so the intention was to take it and transform it into a space for the enjoyment of the people of Xilitla," commented Rosa Iselda Ochoa.  Photo: Isela Hinojoza“It is a place that received garbage, so the intention was to take it and transform it into a space for the enjoyment of the people of Xilitla,” commented Rosa Iselda Ochoa. Photo: Isela Hinojoza

This ecosystem which includes a semi-tropical jungle is the habitat of birds such as gray-headed vultures, woodpeckers, Querreques, green jays, chachalacas, and emerald toucans; as well as various species of parrots such as the Mexican green, the Huasteco, and Tamaulipeco parrots, just to mention a few.

By offering visitors this closeness to nature, their stay here will raise awareness about the importance of caring for ecosystems and keeping them in balance.

Xilitla is considered the ‘ pearl of the Huasteca of Potosí ‘ and has a very vast ecosystem that has not been exploited, as in other destinations.

Source: El Universal

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