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“Great way to spend a day”

Cascada Cola de Caballo
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Cola de Caballo Waterfall and Villa de Santiago Day Trip from Monterrey
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Owner description: A 25-meter waterfall resembling a horses tail; makes a great picnic spot.
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“Great way to spend a day”
Reviewed 5 June 2008

A beautiful waterfal, and cool respite from the searing heat of Monterrey. Definitely an easy climb up to the falls, the horses are not worth it unless you have little children or folks who tire easily. The falls and the town of Santiago make a nice day trip together.

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“Wonderful waterfall”
Reviewed 30 November 2003

Ok I love waterfalls and this one is pretty nice. Don't take the ride on the horse as it would be a waste of money.. the horse only takes you a block and then you have to walk.. they have a photographer for $4 us.. nice picture thou.. The waterfall can get you wet, so bring a towel if you want to be close.. If you decide to do some climbing you can see some small caves. To get to the caves go across the bridge to an area were there are tables (also less windy there) you will see a sign.. basicly saying go at your own risk.. head up the hill on the left of the waterfall, and don't take the first path that you see, as it is very slippery take the second path and that will lead you to the caves as well.. The place is not very clean at the waterfall or caves, but the butterflys are all over the place.

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“Best Scenery in the World”
Reviewed 8 July 2003

This review mentions a great museum in Saltillo and focuses on an area just south of Monterrey, especially the Cola de Caballa waterfall, a must-see gorge, and the "high rise", all within Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey that this reviewer visited in early July 2003. The area is incrediby-incredibly beautiful. Be sure to gas up somewhere along hwy-85. The road to the falls begins from hwy 85 a few miles south of the road to Santiago and south of the big lake visible on the east side of hwy-85. I don't remember the road at 85 because I only exited from there and was trying to merge onto 85 going out. The road is paved from 85 to some distance beyond San Isidro (described below). The entrance to the Cola (tail) de Caballa (horse) hotel is about 5 miles from hwy-85 and well marked with large banners. Parking was a couple dollars but worth it for the short (a half-mile), level, and pretty walk to the falls. In the lot, walk away from the main buildings toward the hills.
Pass some open-air shops before entering the gated area where you pay to see the falls (once again a couple dollars). You can rent a horse-drawn buggy, which might be nice for wheel-chair folks. The falls are worth the visit. Lots of people using picnic tables. We didn't stay at the hotel, knowing that it is pricy but did have a meal at the restaurant. The meal was rather expensive ($10-20), good but not fancy and similar to that offered at some cheap restaurants. Service was very good perhaps because the restuarant was nearly empty when we went at 4pm. The view from the restaurant is impressive and includes bungee jumpers and the lake along hwy-85. After or before seeing the falls, be sure to continue up the road 17 miles to San Isidro. The road climbs steeply with pin-hook curves (all black top with avoidable pot-holes) then drops into a valley, followed by a narrow gorge and then San Cienega (lots of cabins for rent and 5 topes or speed-bumps). You'll then go through a canyon and a deep valley, then sprawling little San Juan Bautista (with 3 speed bumps), and then an absolutely stupendous gorge (you're at the bottom so you'll be looking up the extremely high vertical walls). I drove my Toyota Echo through the shallow water crossings but this area may be impassible if you're encountering much rain. Just beyond (100 yards) tiny San Isidro turn right (going straight takes you to laguna de Sanchez but the lake had no water owing to low rainfall) and drive another mile or so where you'll find the Cabanas (cabins) Gaucamayas. Cheap, basic, but clean (no towels provided and sometimes without hot water) with an excellent view of the High Rise, a sheer wall where the rare Maroon-fronted Parrot nests (too high to see without binoculars) Fewer than 3000 individuals persist, and all in these and surrounding mountains. I heard their raucous squaks before dawn (but not in the evening) in early July. Several species of owls and the Mexican Whip-poor-will can be heard at night, though sporadically. You can drive farther toward Los Lirios and eventually Saltillo but the first 1/3 of the road from a mile beyond Cabanas Gaucamayas is to be avoided. It is unpaved, hilly, and rough.
And dangerously muddy if there has been rain. My Echo survived but my wife nearly killed me. Once you get back on pavement, you'll enjoy the drive to Los Lirios, from where you can go on to Saltillo. If you visit Saltillo (via toll road 57), be sure to find your way to the Museum of Birds (Aves). It's big and beautiful, with lots of interesting, educational, and colorful displays and a big parking lot. After looking at the displays you'll enter a garden where you can rest and figure out where else to go in Saltillo. After finishing Saltillo, take the easy toll road Hwy 40 back to Monterrey. Don't attempt to go to the falls from Saltillo because you might give up upon seeing the rough road described above, and it's 50 miles or so back to Saltillo!

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