What to do and see in Real de Catorce, Mexico: The Best Places and Tips

July 14, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Real de Catorce (Spanish  [reˈal de kaˈtoɾse] (help·info); meaning: Real [a unit of currency] of Fourteen), often shortened to Real, is a village in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí and the seat of the municipality of Catorce. It is located 160 miles (260 km) north of the city of San Luis Potosí, and currently has a full-time population of under 1,000 residents. This 'ghost-town' in the high and dry expanses of northern San Luis Potosí state was once a thriving silver mining settlement. Real de Catorce has long been a pilgrimage site for both local Catholics and Huichol shamanists, and is now being discovered by international tourists drawn by the desert ambience and reputed spiritual energy.
Restaurants in Real de Catorce

1. Pueblo Fantasma

Real de Catorce, Mexico
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Pueblo Fantasma

Reviewed By TARHEEL37 - CHARLOTTE

These old buildings were built to support the mining staff and were closed years ago. I found the buildings most interesting and marveled at their structure. I found water cisterns used to supply water, and various structures such as chapels, meeting halls, etc. This area affords about the only hiking opportunities in the immediate vicinity.

2. Tunel de Ogarrio

Ogarrio 1, Real de Catorce, Mexico
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 198 reviews

Tunel de Ogarrio

Reviewed By TARHEEL37 - CHARLOTTE

This tunnel which was constructed a hundred years ago without modern technology is most amazing. The tunnel is one way and limits traffic flow in each direction for a specified time. I believe the tunnel is the longest in Mexico, l.2 miles in length.

3. Templo de la Purisima Concepcion

Domicilio conocido, Real de Catorce, Mexico
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Templo de la Purisima Concepcion

Reviewed By Ramiro B - Monterrey, Mexico

The flooring is unique, design to keep the people warm. Whether you're a believer or not, the biggest church in town is definitely awe inspiring. The main saint of the church, despite its name, is Francis of Assisi, and the figure is very pretty.

4. Main Square

Real de Catorce, Mexico
Excellent
37%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Main Square

Reviewed By Ramiro B - Monterrey, Mexico

The whole town is very calm, and the main plaza is no exception. The food under the square is very tasty and inexpensive, and you must try their traditional coffee. In front of the plaza you can hire driving tours ("Wheelies") that take you through the Mountains for very little money ($120 pesos per person).

5. Cerro del Quemado

Real de Catorce, Mexico
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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0%
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5 based on 6 reviews

Cerro del Quemado

Reviewed By Ricardosantos32 - Monterrey, Mexico

great adventure riding horses thru Mountains to Wirikuta, the sacred place of the Huichol people. the world was believed to have been created in Wirikuta

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