It was real­ly hard to nar­row down the 200-odd pic­tures I took last week­end down to the just-under 40 that I am show­ing below. The Río Escanela near Pinal de Amoles in the Sier­ra Gor­da de Queré­taro turns out to be just as beau­ti­ful as the soon-to-be off-lim­its Huaste­ca region in San Luis Poto­sí. I had always heard about the beau­ti­ful crys­tal clear blue waters in these types of canyons, but my one oth­er vis­it in the rainy sea­son had turned out to be a lit­tle mud­dy. I was not dis­ap­point­ed this time. The actu­al water­fall, Puente de Dios, was dry since we have been out of the rainy sea­son for a few months, but the struc­ture of the water­fall on the moun­tain side looked amaz­ing nev­er­the­less. The water­fall exits the moun­tain and must be spec­tac­u­lar. I can under­stand why this is one of sev­er­al water­falls with that exalt­ed name. There is one more in this state and at least one more up north.

I don’t think the pic­tures need a lot of cap­tion­ing. Just beau­ti­ful­ly green and blue all the way along the hike up the canyon. I was with a cou­ple of friends and their delight­ful infant son. At the end of the reg­u­lar hike we opt­ed for the swim through the cave and under the water­fall (see this post for those shots) to have a dif­fer­ent hike out with views of the whole water­fall. Sor­ry I couldn’t edit down to few­er pho­tos, but you will just have to sit there and enjoy all of them. That is for cer­tain.

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What do you call a bridge-like struc­ture built on the side of the canyon?

Yep, the struc­ture is for walk­ing and the offi­cial trail.

Look at that water!

The view back

A view like that indi­cates a pret­ty per­fect day.

I believe my French-Cana­di­an friends said that this guy has a name that rough­ly trans­lates to “hair of the balls”.

Trav­el­ling in style

The cross­ing. My cam­era is in the dry bag.

The whole water­fall on the moun­tain side

Amaz­ing struc­ture

A lad­der to the plant?