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Outside of Huasca we find Los prismas basalticos de Santa María Regla or short the The basaltic prisms.
Formed by cooling lava millions of years ago these hexagonal stone pillars raise up to 50 meters making the walls of the canyon Alcholoya an art of nature.
Water from the San Antonio Dam creates beautiful waterfalls and attracts Mexicans looking for a short get-away all year around.

Photo: Dan Freed

Photo: Dan Freed

I did not do much research before we went and I was a little disappointed by the area. I was expecting a more wild environment but this has become a tourist resort with bars, restaurants, camping area and recreational park. The old hacienda in the area, Santa Maria Regla, is renovated and turned into a hotel offering tours and sightseeing.

Photo: Dan Freed

Photo: Dan Freed


Coming back home I made some searches and founds out this has been a tourist destination for centuries, Alexander von Humboldt, called the founder of modern geography, drew sketches of the prisms in the early 19th century.

Being no more than an 2 hours drive from Mexico City I think a lot of weekend visitors appreciates all necessary facilities, but it was not what I was looking for.

Still – The size of the prisms and the views are spectacular and we walked around for a few of hours, amazed by nature.

Photo: Dan Freed

Photo: Dan Freed

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