Well, you’ve already decided to visit San Luis Potosí. Maybe it was the enchiladas that your friend raved about or her stories of the magical town of Real de Catorce. You are about to put together your itinerary, and we’re here to help.
Located in the northern part of the country, San Luis Potosí is one of the most varied and diverse places in the Mexican Republic. Whether you want day-long adventures or simply want to learn more about Mexico, the variety of San Luis Potosí lends itself easily to return visits.
In San Luis Potosí you’ll find magical towns, surreal architecture, unforgettable landscapes and plenty of fun. Keep reading for our picks for the most beautiful places in the state of San Luis Potosí.
Potosino Historical Center
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010, San Luis Potosí’s historical center is full of vibrant color, including the rosy hue bequeathed to Potosino from the pink quarry used to construct it.
Surrounding Plaza de Armas you’ll find traces of almost 500 years of mining history, the revolution for Mexican independence, and impressive places of worship, including the Cathedral of San Luis Potosi.
You can also spy Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, traditional of Mexico, in buildings like the Viceroyalty museum, the Interactive Museum Labyrinth of Sciences and Arts, the Government Palace, and more.
The atmosphere is lively 24 hours a day, and the center is adorned with special decorations during national celebrations like Independence Day, Day of the Dead, the Procession of Silence and more.
Real de Catorce
Being a key state in Mexico’s mining industry, San Luis Potosí is known for its former haciendas, mines and, of course, the magical town of Real de Catorce.
Built in the late 19th century, this town still retains much of its colonial charm, making it one of the main draws for tourists and locals alike.
Visitors stroll down cobblestone streets, admiring charming tile and adobe houses and their contrast with the magnificent colonial buildings. The latter serve as evidence of the silver boom that the region experienced over a century ago, which created many local legends and stories.
Among the places that you should definitely not miss are the Plaza del Carbón, the Casa de Moneda, Plaza Hidalgo, and the La Vendimia market.
El Jardín de Edward James / The Garden of Edward James
Built in the middle of the 19th Century by English millionaire, Edward James, this enigmatic sculptural space is unique within San Luis Potosí. Located near the town of Xilitla town, the garden is filled with exotic plants and mysterious concrete figures.
A bohemian belonging to the Surrealist movement, James decided to spend his fortune (almost 5 million pesos) on the creation of a retirement estate that would suit his tastes. Unfortunately, the monumental palace never saw its conclusion and the remaining, partially finished result is certainly surreal. Visitors walk through labyrinthine corridors that appear without end, bridges and stairs rise without any destination, walls and columns seem to emerge from nowhere, and random concrete sculptures abound that—according to the local explanation—reflect the dreamy spirit of James himself.
Puente de Dios, Tamasopo Ecotourism Site
Located in the state’s Huasteca region, Tamasopo is a stunning collection of gardens, climates and natural water-based environments. Its name translates to “dripping place,” which refers to the large concentration of moisture and falling water within.
Visitors will discover blue water rivers, dense swamps, valleys, pools, and natural lagoons in the middle of the jungle. Agua Azul, a natural pool whose current is fed by beautiful waterfalls and on whose beach you can take a moment to relax, is not to be missed.
Ecotourism is king and visitors are strongly urged to follow all instructions from the Pame (the native tribe of Potosí) who run the site. This is nature, so also be sure to prepare yourself with repellent and sunscreen.
Sótano de las Golondrinas / Basement of the Swallows
This incredible, jaw-dropping natural beauty is a cavern no less than 1679 feet deep and is internationally considered to be one of the most beautiful spots on Earth.
Located in the town of Aquismón, it was discovered in 1966 by Texan scientists who were conducting an ornithological study of the birds of the region. The birds resided with the cave and still frequent it today.
If you visit, the ideal time to arrive before the sun so you can see the beginning of the day with the flight of thousands of swallows, swifts and parrots.
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