San Luis Potosi – nestled way up in Mexico’s high-plains region – was among the country’s most prosperous mining cities in its heyday. Today it is the largest and most industrial silver city with a million inhabitants, but you’d never know it if you kept to the historic central district with its rich colonial architecture and many plazas. Among all the things to do in San Luis Potosi, the city’s surrounding nature is truly the main attraction.
The city is best known as the base from which to explore the spectacular landscape and waterfalls of the region. Located in the eastern part of the state, the Ciudad Valles is one of Mexico’s top destinations for natural beauty and adventure. The Tamul waterfall, for example, is part of the Tampaon river, and some 25 miles down the way you can find the ancient pre-Hispanic site of Tamtoc. Rafting through the various rapids is one of the most popular activities in the area.
For a natural encounter closer to the city center however, look no further than Tangamanga. Considered one of the largest urban parks in the country, it was opened to the public in 1985 and is now an important part of the city’s functioning, and the place to go for exercise, or the occasional cultural activity. The park, in addition to having a sports field, has recreational areas and playgrounds, and even museums and outdoor shows.
San Luis Potosi is a must-see on any heartland tour of Mexico; for history buffs, arts and crafts shoppers, the leisure traveler, or nature-junkies, this city will certainly reward you with its many splendors.