Real de Catorce Travel Guide

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Real de Catorce Things to Do

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    The Parish church's facade has a statue of the Inmaculate Conception and Doric order elements. Inside, notable elements include removable floorboards and nineteenth-century frescos in the baptism room. The transepts have a superb neoclassical Saint Joseph altar which retains its original stucco and painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe signed by Jose...

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  • R. d. C., we will be back soon...

    There are many reasons why a visit to Real de Catorce is a must for all travellers wishing to stroll through the town and wander back through its history…

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  • A small visit to the hippies...

    First a small visit to the hippie place here on the kiosk to see what they sell.Because of the Peyote, you will find lots of hippies here. Those hippies are not only from Mexico, a lot of them are from the USA, and some other countries. Here you find the Americans of peace instead of the ones of war ;-)

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  • The kiosk...

    Back in town we visit the kiosk; the only place in the centre of Real de Catorce where some green is to find…

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  • The Ogarrio Tunnel...

    After this entrance there is one obstacle, the Ogarrio Tunnel, opened in 1901.This cobble stoned tunnel is about 3 kilometres long.Here we had to wait until the cars from the other direction passed by.After about 15 minutes it was our turn to drive into the tunnel.It is not possible to take a high speed here, and the shade and cool is more then...

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    The redecorated church was inaugurated in 1817. The neo-gothic painting dedicated Saint Francis dates from the late nineteenth century.The 1905 fall in silver prices brought about the abandonment of Real de Catorce’s mining operations. The Mexican Revolution caused worship at the church to be suspended and the parish was expropriated. In 1939,...

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Real de Catorce Restaurants

  • best place in Real, steak,almon and...

    eucalipto´s food is excelent, with meals impossible to get in Real, like steaks, seafood (salmon, snapper and shrimp come to mind) the quality is above any other restaurant, as is the variety on the menu. Alex and Stella, the new owners have brought to Real a much needed new menu, as most of the other restaurants have about the same items (pasta,...

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  • Bon appétit…

    There are many restaurants in Real de Catorce and almost all hotels have their own kitchen. There is even an Italian restaurant. To keep it cheep you can also choose eating between the bric-a-brac shops, the small kitchens who offering you food (special enchiladas, tacos, tortillas, etc…) for a small price. Problem with these kitchens is that most...

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  • Deliciuos Pizzas & more!

    This place is all in one =), they sells some crafts, they have maps, and wine made with local products, and of course delicious pizzas!Only weekends & holydays Cabuche's Pizza

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Real de Catorce Transportation

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    This cobble stoned tunnel was opened on 2 April 1901 and is about three kilometres long.

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  • By Bus

    If you go from San luis to Real de Catorce you have to take a Bus (Estrella Blanca) to Matehuala and then take other to Catorce, the cost is about $25 dlls round trip. and 3 and half hours of trip.Look at the pic, if you travel by car maybe you have to arrive first a la luz town, and there take a nice ride in a truck with many people =), its better...

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Real de Catorce Shopping

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    by Ronald_T Written May 6, 2003


    Shopping in the bric-a-brac shops looks like a mixing up of a place of pilgrimage and a rummage sale. On one hand you have the lots of religious things; on the other hand you find old (mostly kitsch) stuff. From old guns until sculptures of Virgin de Guadalupe is very normal here.
    There are also normal commercial shops, but I didn’t go in there. I don’t know, but maybe Elsa did.

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Real de Catorce Local Customs

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    by lucyguajardo Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    That town is well-know for hippies, coz close to it, in the desert, you can find the famous peyote!!!
    People go there just for that, but you have to remmember that peyote and any kind of drugs are forbbiden in Mexico, so be careful about that.

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Real de Catorce Warnings and Dangers

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    by Ronald_T Updated May 6, 2003

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    Peyote is through the religious life of the Huichol Indians only (not official) legal in the Real de Catorce region.
    Although, the police and government turn a blind eye to the use of peyote, it is still better to not get caught. Even I was not there yet, I know that prisons here are not five stars hotels as in Belgium. Better look out what you do people.
    If you want to try peyote, do not eat more then eight of them. For a heavy trip are six to eight peyote plants enough. So, be carefully by eating more.
    Have a nice trip ;-)

    Peyote with flower...

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Real de Catorce Tourist Traps

  • Don't think wrong...

    The sun!!! Most people think that you not get sunburned if the sun is not that visible; by cloudy weather for example. Very wrong thinking ;-) Doctors here say that the Potosí sun is as strong as in the Sahara! So, keep always protected by the sun. Use a hat, sun block and umbrella and do not stay to long in the open burning sun…

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  • Peyote!

    Be careful with Peyote is ilegal in this country so if the police caught you, you are lost. It all depends on you my advice is not to cut them.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Real de Catorce What to Pack

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    by fidoopy Written Feb 25, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots, Hat, Umbrella, Binoculars

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun block

    Photo Equipment: A Camara & a lot of films

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: An umbrela for october

    Miscellaneous: A diary you will discover a lot of histories =)

    Resting & Having some beers
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Real de Catorce Off The Beaten Path

  • What we didn't do... Yet...

    Because we were not alone in Real de Catorce, we didn’t have the chance to visit the Huichol Indians in the dessert. To see them you have to drive by horse about one hour into the dessert, between the peyote plants.Then there is also a horse trip to the old mines. We will do this, the next time we will visit Real de Catorce again, what can be in a...

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  • Dont miss...

    The Canyonm (el Voladero) & The horse rides, there are two routes to the old mine & huicholes route.

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  • Huicholes Ritual

    The route of the Huicholes is very interesting. You can take a horse and ride about 1 hour to get to a place. Then you have to leave the horse and start hiking to a hill were you will find a little and enigmatic house, where the Huicholes make each year a special ritual to their God, the Peyote!!!

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Real de Catorce Sports & Outdoors

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    by Ronald_T Written May 6, 2003


    I don’t know if swinging can be seen as a sport. I only know that Elsa really enjoyed herself on this plaything ;-)

    Having fun...

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Real de Catorce Favorites

  • Ask for the legends

    ASk to the people about the legends about the name of the city, and tht legends in mines, ask for one in special the famous "jergas".

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  • Arriving

    First of all please preserve the ruins =)When you arrive, you'll see a large tunnel (2km) that you have to cross to get the city, you can do it on foot, but maybe you'll feel some kind of asphixia, don't worry it is normal, but if you aren't in good shape, rent a car pulled by horses or donkeys

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  • Walking in the old streets

    The lonlyness of the city make this original atmosphere. It's a combination between antiques, backing to the past and nature.

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