Inside the vast state of San Luis Potosi, is an interesting and historical city that simply cannot be missed on your trip to north central Mexico. The city, also called San Luis Potosi is a veritable oasis amidst the baking hot plains of the state, waiting to be explored. Like many colonial towns, it is San Luis Potosi’s rich history that has made it such an interesting destination for visitors.
The city was discovered in 1592 when large gold and silver deposits were found in the area. Although the mines never competed with Mexico’s famous producers like Guanajuato or Zacatecas, they made San Luis Potosi a commercial centre. By the 17th century it was Mexico’s most important northern city, and was involved in a number of historical events. It was in San Luis Potosi that General Santa Ana trained his troops before the invasion of the Alamo in 1846. And in the 20th century it was a key player in Mexico’s revolt against the dictatorship.
Now the town is a lot quieter, having become a centre where history in the form of antique buildings, mesh easily with a mining past. In 2010, UNESCO declared the colonial centre of San Luis Potosi to be a World Heritage Site, opening the door for more visitors eager to see Mexico’s antique city centres.
Certainly, the centre of town is a beautiful place to be. Travelers and tourists come to see the beautiful plazas, tiered esplanades, numerous floral parks and active culture. Sunset is the most incredible time to wander through the centre with your camera, as the setting sun plays beautifully with San Luis Potosi’s unique architecture. During the Christmas and Easter periods, visitors will also be treated to a light show at twilight in Plaza de Armas and Plaza de los Fundadores. This is a perfect spot to mingle with locals, and take part in some of the cultural traditions, and of course the food.
Speaking of food, San Luis Potosi has quite the reputation with it comes to eating, and most visitors are surprised just how full the streets are with bicycles, carts and even trucks serving as mobile eateries. Foods you can expect to see here are:
Corn: Whether it’s on the cob, or loose kernels, it certainly isn’t going to be what you’re used to having. Mexican corn is white, and not sweet in flavor. Instead it has a complex and delcious taste that must be experienced. Served with a variety of toppings including butter, cream, cheese, mayonnaise, lime, powdered chili and salt.
Tamales: This snack is ideal if you aren’t sure how your stomach is going to hold up with a new diet. It is stuffed corn bread, covered in corn leaves and then steamed, leaving it delicious and remarkably sterile.
Tacos Sudados: These delicious taco treats are made very early in the morning, and then put in containers to keep them warm until being sold for breakfast or lunch.
Gorditas de Horno: A savory Mexican snack, made from corn and often stuffed with fillings before being soaked in salsa, these are not to be missed!