San Luis Potosi
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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.
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.
The public buses/colectivos run throughout the city. 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.
Also called "la Calzada" by locals, this street is home to some of the most stunning buildings of the city.
The new city
Near the city
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
"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.