Tamasopo, San Luis Potosi

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El Puente de Dios (The Bridge of God) in Tamasopo, SLP.
Two cascades in Tamasopo.

Tamasopo is a municipality and town in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. The town is located at 21°55′21″N 99°23′33″W / 21.92250°N 99.39250°W / 21.92250; -99.39250. The municipality had an area of 1,329 square kilometres (513 sq mi) and a population of 28,848 in 2010, including the population of the town of Tamasopo with 4,326 people.[1]

The main plaza in the town of Tamasopo.

Geography[edit]

Tamasopo is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental. The town of Tamosopo has an elevation of 1,200 feet (370 m). The surrounding mountains rise to about 5,000 feet (1,500 mts) above sea level.[2] Tamasopo is famous for its enchanting waterfalls in a lush rain forest

El Puente de Dios is two miles (3 km) northwest of Tamasopo town. It consists of waterfalls into a narrow gorge and cavern beneath an arch through which the Gallinas river runs rapidly. Blue and clear water pools for swimming are at the top and bottom of the cavern. The Cascada de Tamasopo is two miles (3 km) north of the town. It features three cascades tumbling about 20 metres (66 ft) into pools divided by travertine ledges and shelves. The character of the waterfalls reminds some travelers of Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon.[3] Nearby is El Trampolin which consists of small waterfalls falling into clear, deep pools in the midst of a tropical forest.[4]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Tamasopo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 24.2
(75.6)
27.0
(80.6)
30.5
(86.9)
33.1
(91.6)
34.2
(93.6)
33.0
(91.4)
30.9
(87.6)
31.3
(88.3)
29.1
(84.4)
27.6
(81.7)
26.2
(79.2)
24.0
(75.2)
29.26
(84.68)
Daily mean °C (°F) 17.0
(62.6)
19.0
(66.2)
22.0
(71.6)
25.0
(77)
27.0
(80.6)
27.0
(80.6)
26.0
(78.8)
27.0
(80.6)
26.0
(78.8)
23.0
(73.4)
20.0
(68)
18.0
(64.4)
23.0
(73.4)
Average low °C (°F) 9.2
(48.6)
10.5
(50.9)
13.4
(56.1)
16.1
(61)
19.2
(66.6)
20.2
(68.4)
19.5
(67.1)
19.4
(66.9)
18.6
(65.5)
16.0
(60.8)
13.3
(55.9)
9.9
(49.8)
15.44
(59.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 37
(1.46)
31
(1.22)
28
(1.1)
54
(2.13)
102
(4.02)
311
(12.24)
324
(12.76)
279
(10.98)
380
(14.96)
168
(6.61)
64
(2.52)
42
(1.65)
1,820
(71.65)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

The climate of Tamasopo is classified as sub-tropical Cwa (Koppen) or Cwal (Trewartha).

History[edit]

Tamasopo is located in the Huasteca region, named after the indigenous Indian people of the area. Indigenous people number 4,461 people in the municipality of whom 2,950 speak an Indian language.[6] The Indian population belongs mostly to two groups: the Huastecas who traditionally lived in the southern portion of the municipality and the Pame who lived in the northern part of the municipality.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SEDESOL, http://www.microrregiones.gob.mx/zap/datGenerales.aspx?entra=nacion&ent=24&mun=036, accessed 4 Apr 2013
  2. ^ Google Earth
  3. ^ "Waterfalls of the Huasteca"http://trans-americas.com/blog/2010/04/huasteca-waterfalls/, accessed 7 Apr 2013
  4. ^ Conaway, William J. Driving Adventures in the Mexican Huasteca William J. Conaway, 1995
  5. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Tamasopo, San Luis Potosí". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Tamasopo" http://www.en.nuestro-mexico.com/San-Luis-Potosi/Tamasopo/, accessed 4 Apr 2013
  7. ^ "Enciclopedia de Municipios" http://www.e-local.gob.mx/wb2/ELOCAL/EMM_sanluispotosi, accessed 4 Apr 2013

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 21°55′19″N 99°23′45″W / 21.92194°N 99.39583°W / 21.92194; -99.39583