San Luis Potosí
One of the destinations with unequaled natural landscapes in Mexico.
With a multifaceted natural diversity, San Luis Potosí establishes itself as one of the destinations with unequaled natural landscapes in Mexico. It is located in the central north of the country and its bordering states are Nuevo León and Tamaulipas. It is said that such were the findings of valuable minerals such as gold and silver that the city of San Luis added the name of Potosí to refer to the wealth of the Bolivian city.
Its geography suddenly changes from the arid and desert plateau of the north to the forests of the center of the state, to become a veritable jungle strewn with waterfalls in the southeastern part of the Huasteca Potosina. A semi-dry climate prevails in a large part of the territory with some warm sub-humid areas, the average annual temperature being 21º. The temperature changes drastically from season to season, reaching 8º in winter and 34º in summer. The rains occur during the summer in the months of June to September.
Its capital of the same name is proud to have been declared a World Heritage Site since its historic center was part of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, one of the commercial routes par excellence that reached the other side of the border with the United States. Its buildings rich in baroque architecture, mansions carved in pink quarry, and historic hotels can be visited on a carriage ride through the historic center.
Arriving to the north, you can see the Magic Town of Real de Catorce. As if it were a tribute to the mining past, the town comes to light after exiting the Ogarrio tunnel, which like a mouth takes us out of the mountain to see the sun again. This tunnel was part of a real mine and is so narrow that it only allows the transit of one car at a time. Once inside the town, you can experience, as if it were a time machine, the life of the time. The Plaza de Toros is an ideal place to travel back in time, and that is one of the main reasons why they call ghost town.
A surreal place with deep-rooted ancestral traditions is Xilitla, called the Magic Town of San Luis de Potosí for its bewitching architecture and nature. Circular and steep streets made of concrete and stone form a true labyrinth where you can get lost, and it is that many of its stairs have been unfinished and without ending in any place. Its purpose or destination is left to the imagination of the visitor. The aroma of coffee fills the streets and can serve as a guide to go to taste the famous organic coffee of the place.
About 15 km from Aquismón and a half-hour by car is one of the excursions par excellence of the entire state of San Luis Potosí, the Sótano de las Golondrinas. Despite its name, its hosts are swifts and not swallows, as well as a species of jungle parrots. It is a protected area product of rock erosion that formed a cave of impressive proportions (it is said that three football fields enter its bottom).
Another wonder of the state is Rioverde and its Media Luna Lagoon where you can snorkel or zip-line. In the Grotto of the Cathedral, a thousand-year-old underground world awaits you.
To taste the delights of Potosí it is essential to visit Santa Maria del Rio, with emblematic dishes such as el wedding roast, pickled nopales, and barbecue. You can also say goodbye to the place by taking some of their traditional quince, milk, muéganos, and tuna cheese sweets.