San Luis Potosí
It is the center and heart of Mexico; a place where earth and life mix to give way to a town full of work, color and light. San Luis Potosí will catch you with the majesty of its history, with the strength of its tradition and the endless list of places that can, and should be visited.
Each and every one of the regions of our state contains a wide range of options for tourism in all its expressions: the Altiplano attracts you with its “ghost towns”, cradles of the miners who gave life to our land. You will also know the history through the “Guardians of the Real”, children guides who will surprise you with their knowledge.
In the Central region, the state capital is located; where the Historic Center cuddles you with its gardens, parks and museums where you can enjoy the different cultural activities. Let yourself be involved by the magic of the legends while enjoying the tradition that encloses those walls of pink quarry.
Immerse yourself in the Middle region where you can enjoy diving and cycling. Walk and get to know the daily life of the countryside and enjoy the delight of spending an afternoon among the villagers who protect their ancestral culture.
The Huasteca Potosina will captivate you with the sway of its rivers and waterfalls that invite you to practice an endless list of activities such as rappelling, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, among others. And that, in addition, will seduce you to explore its archaeological sites, and enjoy its fauna and flora and one of its greatest pride: the human warmth of its people, as well as its unmistakable cuisine.
With a territorial extension of 63,068 km² San Luis Potosí is the fifteenth largest state in the Mexican Republic. It has 58 municipalities, which are distributed in four regions: Altiplano, Centro, Media and Huasteca.
Free and Sovereign State of San Luis Potosí:
It is located in the north-central region of the national territory and occupies a very wide area of the Mexican Altiplano. Due to its location, the entity is the center and guideline of commerce and transport for the entire region, as it borders to the north with Coahuila and Nuevo León, to the northeast with Tamaulipas, to the east with Veracruz, to the southeast with Hidalgo, to the south with Querétaro and Guanajuato, to the southwest with Jalisco and to the west with Zacatecas.
In this land of work, culture and tradition, an incalculable amount of elements that give us identity have been forged, these are part of the life, culture and heart of all those who can be called potosinos. They stand out from them:
-The State Coat of Arms
-The Cerro de San Pedro
-The famous Water Box
-The delicious enchiladas potosinas
-The beautiful rebozo of Santa María del Río
-The prickly pear and the prickly pear cactus
-The traditional Huasteco quetzquemetl.
From its beginning, San Luis Potosí understood a great natural and cultural wealth; in the north belonging to the region of Aridoamérica (main settlers: warriors tarascos, huachichiles and chichimecas); while in the south, (inhabited by farmers pames, nahuas and huastecos or mayas); shaping the boundaries of Mesoamerica.
After the war between Chichimecas against Spaniards and the colonization already achieved, in 1592 the silver mines of the hill of San Pedro were discovered, towns began to settle in the surrounding areas, in the territories we now know as Mezquitic, Venado, Moctezuma and the valley del Tangamanga (today the capital the state). On November 3 of that same year, the town “San Luis de Mezquitique” was settled, thanks to Don Juan de Oñate, Fray Diego de la Magdalena and Captain Miguel Caldera.
Small towns settled around the city that later gave rise to the seven neighborhoods that are now the state’s tradition. On May 30th, 1656, the Viceroy Don Francisco Fernández de la Cueva approved the coat of arms and granted the status of city, changing the name “Mesquitique” to “Potosí mines”, in reference to the production of mines of Potosí in Bolivia. In 1863 President Benito Juárez declared the capital state of the country and in 1910, Francisco I. Madero promulgated the Plan of San Luis, thus initiating the Mexican Revolution.
San Luis Potosí has been the cradle of illustrious people: two presidents of the Republic, Miguel Barragán and Mariano Arista; the poets Francisco González Bocanegra and Manuel José Othón, as well as the musician Julián Carrillo Trujillo, among others.
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