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Villa de Santiago
Villa de Santiago

Villa de Santiago

Cobblestone streets, craft markets, and baroque buildings dominate Villa de Santiago, a colonial "magic town" that also serves as the gateway to some of Nuevo León’s top ecotourism destinations. Dine on typical cuisine at the local restaurants before venturing to the nearby Horsetail Falls, La Boca Dam, and the Matacanes Canyon.

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Villa de Santiago, Mexico

The Basics

Thanks to its proximity to Monterrey, Villa de Santiago—often known simply as Santiago—is an easy day trip from the city center. Highlights of the town include the Santiago Apostol Church and Santiago History Museum, but most visitors combine a visit to Santiago with hikes to the Horsetail Falls (Cascada Cola de Caballo), catamaran rides on La Boca Dam, and jumps from one of the highest bungee platforms in Mexico. You should also make time to stop in the artisan village of Los Cavazos on your way to Villa de Santiago.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Take cash to Villa de Santiago as many places don’t accept card payments.

  • You can snap some impressive photos of the Cerro de la Silla mountains en route to Villa de Santiago.

  • Wear sensible shoes if you plan on hiking to nearby attractions such as the Horsetail Falls, as the ground can be muddy.

  • Cobbled streets and uneven sidewalks mean Villa de Santiago isn’t fully wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Villa de Santiago is situated just 22 miles (36 kilometers) away from Monterrey. Most travelers find it easiest to arrive by private vehicle, as public transit options can be confusing, especially for non-Spanish speakers. Opt for a rideshare to save the hassle of renting a car or look for an excursion which includes round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Villa de Santiago, thanks to Monterrey’s oppressively hot summers and cool winters. Stop by midweek for a quieter experience, as the town’s popularity among locals and travelers alike means it gets incredibly busy on weekends and holidays. Alternatively, plan your trip to coincide with late October’s Cielo Mágico hot air balloon festival.

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Ecotourism Activities in Santiago

The municipality of Santiago—which includes the town of Villa de Santiago—has numerous ecotourism options for adventurous travelers. Go canyoning in Matacanes, admire the 230-foot-high (70-meter-high) Chipitin Waterfall, try your hand at paragliding in the Sierra Madre, or whiz down a zipline in the Cola de Caballo National Park.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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