San Luis Potosi is a city in the San Luis Potosi state in the Bajio in Mexico.
A conversational understanding of Spanish will aid you greatly during your visit, as few SLP citizens will fluently speak English. Indeed, it is a very chic city for learning the Spanish language without being distracted by the English of tourists.
If you don't have a budget, you can fly directly to San Luis Potosi, but unless you connect from Houston or Dallas, it is recommended to fly to Mexico City and take a bus to SLP, if you prefer to save.
Aeropuerto de San Luis Potosi (IATA: SLP) is a small, compact airport with just two gates: they have a limited range of commercial scheduled flights. From the U.S., direct flights are available on American to Dallas-Fort Worth and on United to Houston. Non-stop flights are also available to Mexico City, and Tijuana.
San Luis Potosi has a fairly large bus station with frequent service to major destinations, including Mexico City to the south and Monterrey to the north --- both about 5 hours away.
Primera Plus  is a luxury bus line that operates services to SLP from Aeropuerto Mexico, Celaya, Cuautitlan, Guadalajara, Irapuato, La Penita, La Piedad, Lagos De Moerno, Leon, Mexico City (terminal norte), Mexico Observatorio, Morelia, Moroleon, Puerto Vallarta, Queretaro, San Juan De Los Lagos, Silao, Tapotzoltan, Toluca, Uruapan, Zamora and Zapopan (western Guadalajara).
In addition San Luis Potosi also has frequent buses that run into the US (mainly Texas) usually operated by companies such as Autobuses Americanos, Omnibus Mexicanos, and Turimex Internacional. The approximate travel time will be around 20 hours.
The bus station (Central Camionera) is 2 1/2 km from the centre, so you will need to catch a taxi or city bus to the centre - any ‘Centro’ bus will take you there. If you take a taxi buy a ticket from the booth inside the bus station.
In addition to buses, the city has trollies at very inexpensive prices to get around. Taxis are also cheap, yet you can get around a great portion of the city on foot.
There is a lot to see and visit in the city, either in the center zone or outside of it.
- Museo Federico Silva A museum specialized on contemporary art, it is always worth a visit for a small entrance fee.
- Catedral de San Luis Potosí the city's cathedral and one of the main stages for catholic practice, it hosts the silence procession once a year.
- Plaza de Armas the main square in the city, it is home to caffes and restaurants, at the same time, it holds the cathedral, town hall, state capitol and the state congress.
- Museo Nacional de la Mascara a museum specialized in masks
- Teatro de la Paz a french styled theatre from before the mexican revolution, you can always get a ticket to a show in the booth outside
- Templo del Carmen
- Templo de San Francisco
also called "la Calzada" by locals, this street is home to some of the most stunning buildings of the city
- La Caja del Agua an antique reservoir, it stands out because of it's architecture
- Santuario de Guadalupe
- Centro de las artes this "arts center" was built on an old prisson, and is now home to pavillions destined to teaching different disciplines, and also hosts events and expositions.
The new city
- Parque Tangamanga one of the biggest urban parks in the country, it is full of life and people.
- Laberinto de las ciencias y las artes an interactive museum located on parque tangamanga
- Casa de la Cultura
Near the city
- Santuario del desierto a church located some 10 minutes by car from the city, in the middle of the dessert.
- Presa San Jose a dam built before the mexican revolution
- Cañada del lobo a little canyon located just to the south of the city
- La Joya Honda located at a bit more than a 30 min ride by car, this huge crater is perfect for mountain biking and photo shooting.
Stroll through the Centro Histórico while the sun is fading and you will be able to take amazing photos of the beautiful architecture. During holiday periods (Christmas and Easter) there are twilight light shows in Plaza de Armas and Plaza de los Fundadores. It is a festival atmosphere with lots of people mingling in the plazas and surrounding streets. Stall holders sell colourful balloons and Mexican street snacks like corn-on-the-cob with cheese, butter, salt and lime.
Get yourself a bike and join the night round (rodada nocturna) that goes around the city, starting from Tequis garden each thursday at 9:00 PM or rent a bike on Parque Tangamanga and have a nice peaceful ride.
Get yourself some tickets for a soccer game, a concert or a show in the different existing venues in the city
Go for a hike on the nearby mountain ranges and desserts, visit "la Joya Honda" crater or "la cañada del lobo". Take up your GPS or phone and go geocaching, either inside the city or outside of it.
Visit the ice skating ring in plaza tangamanga
Take on the museums that dot the city and that specialize in lots of different things, including modern art, archaeology, interactive museums, colonial art and more.
Centro Histórico SLP has many shops and markets where you can buy Mexican handicrafts, fresh produce and pretty much anything else. Start at Plaza de Las Armas and walk north along Miguel Hidalgo. There is pedestrian mall followed by the Mercado Hidalgo.
Outside of the centro historico district you can find a number of malls with stores and restaurants that differ greatly from what you can find in the center district.
- Plaza el dorado
- Plaza Sendero
- Plaza San Luis
- Plaza Citadela
- Plaza Tangamanga
San Luis Potosi has many good restaurants in the downtown area. Walk up Venustiano Carranza and you will find many of the city's top culinary gems.
- La Corriente, V. Carranza 700: Eclectic atmosphere and a lively happy hour are reason enough to seek out this traditional Mexican restaurant, but the excellent comida corrida for 45 pesos is a lunch-time bargain.
- La Virreina, V. Carranza 830: Elegant traditional dining room with suave white-glove service at every turn. The menu is innovative with many nouveau Mexican dishes colored with the splash of old style tradition. Their tortilla soup is spectacular, sprinkled with diced dry cascabel chile, and their truta en cilantro puts a unique spin on an already spectacularly prepared and presented broiled fish dinner.
- La Gran Via, V. Carranza 560: Sophisticated elegance with live piano music at both lunch and dinner. The menu is heavy on Spanish classic dishes (including an outstanding paella, loaded with seafood and redolent with saffron). They also have a smattering of exciting nouveau Mexican fusions, equally well prepared, and their cream of artichoke soup is a culinary delight.
- El Angel, V. Carranza 1625. About a mile out from downtown is this bright star of innovative nouveau Mexican cuisine. Even the vegetables are worth raving about here: the smoky depth of my plate of grilled nopales with chipotle was nothing short of an orgasm for my tongue.
- La Fragua Steak Taco, About a mile out from downtown past Hotel Real Plaza on a side street from Carranza. The ultimate taco and beer joint. Lunch Dinner or to soak up the alcohol this place is always great. Phone number:(444) 8175425
- Gorditas de Morales, Camino a la presa de San Jose (22.150978,-101.02029) , (behind Juan H Sanchez Park). This street is packed with about 20 different small restaurants, all with their own version of gorditas, some offer soups and other typical dishes. A rule of thumb is to walk around, take a look and get in the one with more customers. But since the competition is tight, the quality is generally good and you will hardly go wrong making a choice.
- Gorditas de Horno, Calle del Arbol (about number 11, one block away from Gorditas de Morales). Open only on weekends. Arrive early as the queue can be very long at times. These gorditas are thick and cooked in an oven. Different from the ones sold in bicycle stands. This are not served in a bag full of salsa, but they are way softer and richer in flavor (not necessarily spicy).
Eating in the street
San Luis Potosi is packed with mobile eateries, either bicycles, small carts, or even trucks. Some of them get a fixed position once in a while, but it is very normal to find them on the go. Here is a list of some of the typically available foods on offer:
- Corn. Either on the cob or loose this is very different from the yellow corn you are used to. Mexican corn is white and not sweet, but has a delicious flavor of its own. You can get it with a combination of the following ingredients: butter, cream, cheese, mayonnaise, lime, powder chili and salt. You can just ask for a recommendation from the seller.
- Tamales. Stuffed corn bread, covered in corn leaves. Gerneral advice about eating in the street in Mexico: If your stomach is too picky and you are afraid you may get sick then go for this safe thing. Tamales are cooked in steam for a long time and served to you inside a corn husk that covers the whole thing. Therefore, in practice, you receive an sterile product.
- Tacos sudados. Tacos prepared very early in the morning are put in big thermal containers to keep them warm and sold for breakfast or lunch. You will see a cloud of people moving around the good places: Tacos Oscar, Av Himno Nacional 4005 (Ouside Plaza Fiesta). Benigno Arriaga and Av. Himnno Nacional (22.139038,-100.989697).
- Gorditas de Horno. Stuffed with tasty savory fillings and soaked in a hot salsa. Look for the yellow tricycles with a fishtank full of gorditas in the front.
Be sure to find La Calle San Francisco (near the church by the same name) in the city's downtown sector. There are some outstanding cafes and clubs in this area. Look for those with the rooftop locations. They have the charm of brick-covered alleys and spectacular starlit views in the evening. Some also feature live music.
- Cafe Luna
- Callejon San Francisco, Universidad 169
Chain hotels and moderate hotels are mostly located in the "Zona Hotelera", just outside the city, on the highway near the bus station. Inexpensive independent hotels are mostly downtown. The only luxury hotel in town is the Westin.
- Palacio de San Agustin 
- Westin San Luis Potosi 
- Hotel Real Plaza 
- Hotel Filher
- Hotel del Rio $320MXN 2 person room 7/18/10 internet and cable
- Fiesta Inn
- Hotel Real de Minas 
- Hotel Maria Dolores 
- Country Inn
- Hotel Panorama 
For budget travellers the area between the railway station and the cathedral has many cheap hotels. If you are looking for a spartan room and share bathroom for M$80 a night try the hotels along Calle Jiménez- beside Plaza del Mariachi.
- Hikuri Eco Hostal, Agustin de Iturbide 980 ([email protected]), ☎ 01(444)8147601, . checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Located in the historic centre, offers you big and comfortable rooms and common areas. With wi-fi, hot water, x-box and bike for rent, shared kitchen and a big roof top terrace you will enjoy this beautiful city!! ANd it's also pet friendly!! 150 pesos. edit
- United States, Edificio Las Terrazas, Ave Venustiano Carranza 2076-41, Col. Polanco, ☎ +52 444 811-7802 (, [email protected], fax: +52 444 811-7803), . edit
"Be wary of corrupt State police, especially at night. I was searched, twice, had not been drinking or anything and had nothing illegal on me and still the police tried to take my money from me. When I called the US Embassy the police man disconnected the line and turned my phone off... The police man had been drinking and I had to run away..."
To get to the bus station catch a 'Central TTP' city bus running east along Universidad or south along Av Constitución.
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