San Luis Potosí, Mexico is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. The city sits at an elevation of 6,700 feels. The city is named after Louis IX of France who is the city’s patron saint. Potosí was added in reference to the rich mines of Potosí, Bolivia. The exploitation of silver and gold mines in Cerro de San Pedro near San Luis, was the main reason for the founding of the city in 1592. Most of the silver is gone, but there is a large manufacturing base. With a population over a million potosinos, San Luis is considered one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico.
The city tour via a double decker trolley is a great way to see the city without getting tired. You get to sit back and relax while you get to ride by the most significant monuments of the city. The tour is accompanied by historical information and a explanation in Spanish.
Tips and Costs: The city tour departs from Plaza de Armas daily at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 16:00, 17:30, and 19:00 hrs. The cost is 50 pesos (around $2.30 USD).
Plaza de Armas or Jardín Hidalgo, is the heart of San Luis Potosí. At the eastern side of the square is the Catredal de San Luis or the St.Louis the King Cathedral. The building was constructed in 1670 and completed in 1730. It is dedicated to St.Louis King of France.
Plaza de San Francisco
Plaza del Carmen
The tour took around an hour. Due to the tour being in Spanish I didn’t catch much of the historical information about the city. Once B and I are more fluent in Spanish we plan to come back and take the tour again so we can understand our city a little better.
Have you ever been to San luis Potosí, Mexico?
What is your favorite colonial city in Mexico?