This is the one. La Posada is the premier campground and room rental location in Potrero Chico.
The fenced in Potrero Chico resort 5 minutes walking from the crags features large camping grounds, 7 private rooms for rent, 2 houses for rent, an impressive pool, large bathrooms, communal kitchen, restaurant, and a small gear shop. La Posada has become very popular in the last decade and attracts the most climbers. Its where you can find climbing partners for the longest part of the climbing season; the other campgrounds only fill up at the highest part of the season (December/January). During the warmer months La Posada is also popular with the local city crowd from Monterrey who visit for the weekend; their pool is well known as being the best in the area.
The staff at La Posada are very friendly and ready to help, especially in any kind of serious emergencies. The team includes grounds/office mangers who speak English, grounds crew who keep the place clean, and the family that owns the place who run the restaurant and keep the place top notch. They are very accommodating, cater especially to the international crowd, and are technologically forward to Mexico standards. They are happy to help arrange taxis, fill you in on where to get things and ensure your trip is comfortable.
During the highest part of the climbing season, around New Years, La Posada can sometimes get too crowded and climbers fraction off to other camp grounds for more peaceful accommodations. The rest of the year it is a peaceful place. Other draw backs to La Posada include them having the highest price for camping and considerably more rules. For most, these rules are good for allowing others to sleep and keeping the place running well, but for the more excessive (including some locals) the place is too restrictive.
As with most places near El Potrero Chico, the hours and popularity of the place is highly seasonal. The climbing school, tamazcal, and restaurant all have ever-changing hours that depend on their popularity and time of season. Email/call before expecting any of these services.
The kitchen includes utensils, dishes, cups, 6 stoves, 2 refrigerators, and 8 tables; all of which are adequate for most of the season. During the highest months consider bringing some of your own cooking gear incase resources become limited. Like most places near Potrero Chico, buy your own toilet paper for the bathrooms at the market. The bathrooms have ~8 showers which are decently warm, most of the time.
La Posada has upgraded their fence at the entrance to be metal plated; previously it had just been a large metal cattle fence. They keep the car entrance locked at night and the whole campground is surrounded by concrete walls and/or barbed wire. Security issues at La Posada at very rare except the occasional report of food stolen from the communal kitchen. Camping here is very safe. For those still concerned they offer locker rentals for 10 pesos per day.
There is a really special community at La Posada that doesn’t consistently exist anywhere else in El Potrero Chico; this is definitely your go-to place for a first time visit.
|Prices as of Nov 18 2012||Pesos||USD|
|Private Rooms (7)||$29|
|Small House (1)||750|
|Big House (1)||1200|