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Saltillo is a the capital of Coahuila state, in Mexico.


Saltillo is a beautiful city in Northern Mexico, which combines colonial times with modern industries. It is a traditional city with a colorful history. A city that was an important point on the 19th century Camino Real, yet a city with a diverse modern manufacturing economy. Interior designers know Saltillo for its famous thick, lightly glazed, earthen ceramic floor tiles, and the brightly colored shawls known as sarapes are part of the city's colorful tradition. Today, Saltillo is a government center, a college town, and a manufacturing city with big factories outside the city limits producing chemicals, metals, auto parts, and trucks.

Get in[edit]

Plane, car, or bus are your basic options.

By plane[edit]

Saltillo's International Airport (IATA|SLW) is located on the north side of the city, about 10 minutes from downtown. It is served by a regional carriers to Mexico City. Since Monterrey is close to Saltillo, most travelers opt to fly into Monterrey first and then take the bus to Saltillo.

By car[edit]

Saltillo is one hour west of Monterrey via Mexico Highway 40.

By bus[edit]

Many bus lines serve Saltillo, including Omnibus de Mexico, Transportes del Norte, Turistar, Futura (Estrella Blanca) and Coahuilenses (Grupo Senda). Trans-border buses to the U.S. operated by Turimex Internacional, Omnibus Mexicanos, and Autobuses Americanos are also available from Saltillo.

From Monterrey (either the central bus station or the airport) there are hourly buses going to Saltillo, run by Coahuilenses. Also, these make two stops inside the city before arriving to the bus terminal. For most hotels, you'll want to drop off at "Hospital del Niño" (first stop), in the northern part of the city, and take a taxi there. In this same spot, across the avenue, you can take a bus back directly to the airport.

Get around[edit]

Downtown Saltillo is best explored using the TranVia trolley system. For 20 pesos, you can get on and off 4 times. TranVia does not operate on Mondays.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Palacio de Gobierno (Coahuila State House), attractive colonial era state house featuring bright open courtyards and a series of murals depicting Coahuila history, painetd by Salvador Tarazona.
Palacio de Gobierno
  • Cathedral of Saltillo, stunning cathedral built in the mid 18th century, spectacular churrigueresque facade, 6-inch thick doors of carved mahogany and cedar featuring St. Paul and St. Peter, stunning silver-plated altar.
  • Museo del Desierto (Museum of the Desert), large, modern museum organized as a series of pavilions, each exploring a particular aspect of desert life. The focus is on the enormous Chihuahua desert, and the museum's centerpiece is an enormous T-Rex skeleton, excavated in the nearby desert. Great for kids!
  • Museo de las Aves (Museum of Birds), large, modern museum showcasing more than 2,000 stuffed and mounted birds, representing nearly every species found in Mexico.
Museo de las Aves
  • Parque Alameda Zaragoza, tranquil city park featuring towering cedars and long walkways through an immaculately landscaped garden. Playgrounds for kids, benches for strolling lovers on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Vito Alessio Cultural Center, relatively small museum, located a block from the cathedral at the corner of Hidalgo and Aldama. Not a lot to see, but admission is free and it is the site of a fascinating series of murals depicting the history of Coahuila, and life of Vito Alessio, a revolution-era general born in the local area.
  • Museo de la Katrina (Museum of Katrina), a small museum located in the colonial downtown area, close to Museo de las Aves, devoted to the dead and their cult. A very small cemetery is at the end of the tour.
  • Mirador de Saltillo (Panoramic view over Saltillo), a beautiful viewpoint over the city of Saltillo. Ideal for to see sunsets. Close to the street Escencia.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Saraperos de Saltillo, are the local Mexican League baseball team. Between March and August, catch a game at the new Parque Francisco Madero. [2]
  • Gotcha Némesis is a paintball scenario just 30 minutes from the city, it has logding in cabins, paintball, night paintball, party events and more, night paintball is not just a paintball game, is a new experience [3]



Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Galerias Saltillo, Blvd. Nazario Ortiz Garza #2345 Col. Tanque de Peña C.P. 25279 Saltillo, Coahuila (Just a couple of blocks off 40), (844) 485 3600 al 04, [1]. 11AM to 9 PM. This is the local upscale shopping mall. It features several popular chain stores and also a number of small boutiques. The prices are comparable to the United States (no good deals here), but the products are interesting. Many things are made in Mexico. There is good access to ATMs here. Parking costs 10 pesos for two hours.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Some unique regional dishes that are specialties of Saltillo include:

  • Pan de pulque - a delightfully sweet airy bread that owes its texture to the use of fermented agave juice in its batter. Widely available throughout the city, you can also grab a loaf to go from the shops across the street from the bus station.



  • Bahía Barcelona, Blvd. Los Fundadores Km. 17 Arteaga, 844 483 9000. Spanish restaurant.
  • El Mesón Principal, Blvd Venustiano Carranza y Ave. Egipto, 844 415 0015. Traditional Northern Mexico cooking, as the racks of kid goat slow-roasting over hot coals prove beyond any doubt.
  • Hong Fatg, Perif. Luis Echeverría, República, 25280 Saltillo, Located inside of Plaza Real Saltillo. Chinese Fast Food.
  • Nikkori, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza 2665-7, 844 416 7997. Japanese cuisine.
  • Terrazza Romana, Boulevard Galerías 375 Piso 3, Sin Nombre de Colonia 16, 25279 Saltillo, 844 688 4545. Wood-fired pizza is the star of this casual restaurant.
  • Galpao du Brasil, 25204 Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico 844 432 1257. Brazilian meat, waiters walk around with skewers of meat.
  • la Casa del Caballo, Boulevard Venustiano Carranza S/N . Col. Saltillo Centro . Saltillo Coah. . Tel. (844)432-4729. Expect big slabs of meat.


  • El Tapanco, Calle Allende Sur 225, 844 414 4339. Outstanding restaurant with courtyard setting, intimate dining rooms, and traditional Mexican cooking. Their tortilla soup is one of the best in Mexico.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Boss, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza 2665-7.
  • Carlos’n Charlie’s, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza No. 3070, 844 416 4842. Defunct.
  • Faisanes, Carretera Los González between Blvd. Colosio y Moctezuma, 844 439 8008.
  • Joy Bar, Blvd. Cuahutémoc, Col. Los Pinos, 844 485 0251. Discotech.
  • El Olmo Disco Bar, Blvd. Valdés Sánchez, Col. Jardines del Valle, 844 415 6838.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


Hotel El Paso, Venustiano Carranza 3101 25240 Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico +52 844 415 1095 - Great, clean, and cheap hotel located on major thoroughfare.


  • Holiday Inn Eurotel, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza 4100, (844)-415-1000. Pleasant moderate hotel on outskirts of Saltillo. Off-street parking makes it a good bet for motorists. TranVia trolley stop.


  • Quinta Real Saltillo, Blvd. Sarmiento Fracc. Real De Peña 1385, Tel: 844 438 84 50. New luxury hotel about 10 minutes north of downtown.


  • & Cibercafé, Xicotencatl 182 Sur - Centro, 52 8 412 0652, [4]. Around 25 pesos per hour for internet use. 10am-3am.

Stay safe[edit]

Like the rest of Northern Mexico, Saltillo is prone to occasional violence. Avoid being out alone at night, a good guidline is to avoid bars/casinos/bad neighborhoods/ and be in by dark. Travel with another person when possible, even in the daytime. Don't drive unless you are accustomed to Mexican driving/roads.


Get out[edit]

  • Bosques de Monterreal is a mountain recreation lodge with horseback riding, golf, tennis, ATV tours, and even downhill alpine skiing on an artificial surface! [5]
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