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Real de Catorce

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Real de Catorce is a city in San Luis Potosí.

This old ghost town is very popular with tourists from Texas especially the Austin area. Many of the old Haciendas are being restored to former glory. The surrounding high desert area is becoming a popular area for horseback riding. Overall, Real de Catorce is benefiting from the renaissance that is sweeping across many of the forgotten colonial gems of the northern deserts.

Get in

You have to go through a tunnel. At the high tourist seasons (Oct. and Apr.) you will have to leave your car outside the tunnel and take a horse and carriage in to the pueblito.

Get around


  • Quemado hill (Cerro el Quemado)
  • The graveyard
  • Purisima Concepcion Church
  • Ogarrio Tunnel
  • Palenque
  • Coin House


Walking, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian riding, camping.


Home made crafts... made with minerals found in caves




Houses can be rented in the surrounding small ghost towns (without electricity or running water) for about $100 monthly, its a popular option for artists and craftsmen.

  • Casa Ram, 488 8875154.
  • Casa Sierrra Catorce, 488-887-5086, [1]. Casa Sierra Catorce has comfortable apartments centrally located one block from the Plaza.
  • Hoteles Teléfono.
  • Mesón Del Refugio, 488 8875068 ().
  • hotel el real (, morelos # 20 (one block from main plaza), 01800-836-6006. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12pm. 28 rooms ,divided in two houses, hotel el real 1 and hotel el real 2. best social club in town ,featuring weddings,birthdayparties,live music etc. $55.-+.


  • Free Municipal Wi-Fi in Real de Catorce, [3]. Free Internet access throughout the pueblo. Try Cafe Azul on Calle Lanzagorta for cappucino and Internet access, featuring Asus netbooks for rent.

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