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Prismas basálticos (Basaltic prisms)

Huasca de Ocampo

On the canyon walls of Barranca de Santa María Regla you can find one of the main tourist attractions of the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) Huasca de Ocampo: Prismas basálticos (the basaltic prisms).

These natural columns of smooth rock are said to have been created from basaltic lava runoff at the bottom of a cold water gully. Its rapid and constant cooling caused the volume of the lava to contract and fragment into various parts. The end result, with the help of river erosion, became those hexagonal-shaped pillars that make up this park.

The land, which today is visited by hundreds of tourists, was discovered by the explorer and naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt, through the drawings he made after his trip through this region in the year 1803. However, something that surprises you when you walk through the tourist complex of the Prismas Basálticos is that the formations have been there since the end of the Pleistocene, the period when it is believed that they were formed.

To fully appreciate these stone columns that can reach up to 40 meters in height, it is recommended to arrive early and start the tour at the suspension bridge that crosses over the rock formations. Afterwards, you can descend the steps leading to the bottom of the ravine, to touch the prisms and, during the rainy season, allow yourself to be bathed by the waterfalls that run over them.

For an extreme experience, the complex has zip lines and ATV rentals. You can even camp or sleep in adobe cabins for two and up to eight people. It Includes parking and fireplace.
On the canyon walls of Barranca de Santa María Regla you can find one of the main tourist attractions of the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) Huasca de Ocampo: Prismas basálticos (the basaltic prisms).

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These natural columns of smooth rock are said to have been created from basaltic lava runoff at the bottom of a cold water gully. Its rapid and constant cooling caused the volume of the lava to contract and fragment into various parts. The end result, with the help of river erosion, became those hexagonal-shaped pillars that make up this park.

The land, which today is visited by hundreds of tourists, was discovered by the explorer and naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt, through the drawings he made after his trip through this region in the year 1803. However, something that surprises you when you walk through the tourist complex of the Prismas Basálticos is that the formations have been there since the end of the Pleistocene, the period when it is believed that they were formed.

To fully appreciate these stone columns that can reach up to 40 meters in height, it is recommended to arrive early and start the tour at the suspension bridge that crosses over the rock formations. Afterwards, you can descend the steps leading to the bottom of the ravine, to touch the prisms and, during the rainy season, allow yourself to be bathed by the waterfalls that run over them.

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