Traveling Like A Local in San Luis Potosí, México

An Evening Walk Through the Central District

The city of San Luis Potosí is over 400 years old and is known for its mining history of gold and silver. These riches were extracted by the Spanish government under the Viceroyalty of New Spain, the former name of the city. The central historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with buildings and churches built in baroque 19th century and neoclassic architectural styles.

Palacio de Gobierno or Government Palace in the principal Plaza de Armas.
Jardín Colón is filled with families at simple play, people relaxing and vendors of traditional Mexican goods.
As I took an evening stroll, I happened upon this ritual performance in Plaza de Aranzazú. Every Thursday in San Luis Potosí you can observe locals in a ceremonial ritual calls upon god.

Plaza de Aranzazú features Calzada de Guadalupe, the oldest as well as the first street built in this city and three other important historic sites: Centro de las Artes, Caja del Agua and Santuario de Guadalupe. Plaza de Armas or Armes Plaza Cathedral of San Luis Potosí was constructed between 1670 and 1730 and functions as the seat of the archdiocese of San Luis Potosí in Mexico.

El Templo de San Francisco is considered the most remarkable church of the city of San Luis Potosí, and one of the most valuable because of its architecture, paintings, sculptures and furnishings. The monastery in the temple was of the order of the Franciscans during the evangelization of the New Spain in present-day Mexico. It is further beautified by The beautiful garden by Jardín Guerrero or the Guerrero Garden.
Mexican patriotism is on full display in all cities and states as they prepare for Mexican Independence Day September 16.
The beautiful garden by Jardín Guerrero or the Guerrero Garden near the Templo de San Francisco

Traveling like a local in San Luis Potosí as well as throughout central México​ has been an enriching and enchanting experience. San Luis Potosí is off the beaten path and recommended opportunity to experience true local life in México. It is a very beautiful, calm, safe city and worth a visit of at least 3-5 hours on the way to Pueblo Mágicos (Magical Towns) of state of San Luis Potosi. Find some of the best restaurants and bars to try local foods, the Mexican spin on common international foods, the regional drinks of pulque and mezcal surrounding Plaza Aranzazú. The state of San Luis Potosí has four Pueblos Mágicos and my local friends highly recommend Real de Catorce. The best of San Luis Potosí is Hausteca Potosina, a region of 20 municipalities and incredible waterfalls, adventure, nature, pre-colonial history, and distinct gastronomy. I will head to Hausteca next! My eyes, ears, and heart have been opened to things I wouldn’t have otherwise learnt and known of México​ and warm Mexican people. Continue to travel like a local with me on this trip through central Mexico to Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and Pueblos Mágicos. Perhaps you will be inspired to visit the heart of México​. Stay tuned…

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