Potrero Chico Rest Day
Let’s face it at some point you’ll need a rest. A Potrero Chico rest day doesn’t need to be boring. Here are some points of interest as well as a map with some of these suggestions marked.
Hike To The Summit Of El Toro
This hike takes around 3 hours and takes you to the summit of the main front wall. It’s well worth it. To start take the main road into the canyon and cross the cattle guard staying on the main road to eventually find a concrete block wall on the right hand side. Continue on the road until you find a dry river bed (after the concrete wall) that is perpendicular to the road. Take this to the right following the dry river bed until you find the trailhead on the right marked by cairns.
Hike To The Big Tree (El Arbol)
It’s about 2.2 miles (3.5km) straight down the main road after the cattle guard crossing. It’s a big oak tree that’s that’s presumed to be more than 600 years old.
“Don’t miss it! “
[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”10″ display=”thumbnail” captions_enabled=”1″ captions_display_sharing=”0″ captions_display_description=”0″]You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, second hand clothes (thrift store style) and a lot of other useful and useless knick knacks. It usually starts around 10:30 and ends early afternoon sometime, it varies. This one isn’t on the map but it’s easy to find, just walk downhill with Potrero Chico at your back.
Most people go to El Buho after they finish with the market. There you can find a very climber friendly environment with free wifi and awesome coffee. El Buho roast their own beans in house and I highly recommend checking them out.
Leos Tacos is at the little store close to La Posada. His deal is one price and you eat until you’re full. His food is North Mexican style, which means meat on the grill with rice, beans and empalmes. He has some options for vegetarians as well. Oh, he has a karaoke machine and it goes late into the night.
This is where you can get a clamato, its a basically a Mexican style bloody mary with a few twist. Try one… Also he has the best margaritas in town. A few things to keep in mind, he closes on Sunday around 7:00pm and is closed on Mondays.
This is the little grocery store in town. They don’t have much but it’s enough. If you use our Airport Shuttle service we stop here so you can pick up some groceries.
Its next to the police station. If you need pesos this is a good option. Your bank will use the current exchange rate. It’s on the map I shared below.
The local pharmacy. Pretty much the same as home. It’s on the map I shared below.
Places Of Interest Outside Of Town
San Joaquin Hot Springs
This is the place to go on cold rainy days. You can typically find a ride with someone.
Boca De Potrerillos
A park with a huge concentration ancient petroglyphs. You can take a guided tour or just walk around by yourself.
Has the bones of a woolly mammoth that were excavated near Potrero Chico.
Hacienda Del Muerto
A 400 year old Spanish Mission that used to be a livestock ranch.