San Luis Potosí is a bustling and vibrant city with a UNESCO-listed historic center full of bright colonial architecture. It is an important trade city, standing in the heart of a triangle formed by Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. Capture photos of the colorful façades of the old buildings and chat to local Potosínos.
Gaze up at the elaborate façade of the Cathedral of San Luis Potosí, which dates back to 1670. Nearby attractions in the historic center include the Teatro de la Paz and the Railway Museum. Stroll through the scenic Plaza de Aranzazú and admire its elegant water feature.
A little southwest of the old town is the vast Parque Tangamanga I, which is among Mexico’s largest urban parks. Walk through the dense woodland and lay down a blanket for a picnic beside the picturesque lake.
Continue west to Plaza San Luis for excellent shopping opportunities. Watch a film with your family in the cinema and browse the items in the luxury mall. An alternative option in the eastern part of the city is Plaza Sendero Shopping Center. Farther east is the Autodromo Potosino, where NASCAR racing is held.
Stop for lunch at one of the traditional restaurants serving bright orange enchiladas Potosinas. These are pastries containing chili and cheese with a side of beans and guacamole. Try Agua de Lourdes sparkling water that locals claim cures hangovers.
Explore the terrain in the countryside around the city. Hike along part of the Royal Road of the Interior Land that runs for 1,600 miles (2,560 kilometers) from Mexico City to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, New Mexico.
San Luis Potosí takes its name from King Louis IX of France. The city lies in the southwestern part of its namesake state in central Mexico. It is in an elevated area of undulating hills just north of the Gogorrón National Park.
Fly direct to San Luis Potosí Airport or take a 5-hour bus from Mexico City or Monterrey to this enchanting city with extensive parkland and architectural gems.