The state of San Luis Potosí is part of the Northern Mexico Region, along with the states of Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León, and Zacatecas. The state capital, also named San Luis Potosí, has numerous tourist attractions, including its superb colonial architecture and several fine museums.
The coat-of-arms of the state of San Luis Potosi recalls the tremendous importance of mining to Mexico’s economy. It has the state’s patron saint standing atop a hill in which are several mine shafts. Left of the hill are two gold ingots, and right of it, two silver ones.
The state remains important for mining though many of the early mining areas in San Luis Potosí became ghost towns after mineral veins were worked out. One former mining town, Real de Catorce, was resuscitated by tourism. Now a “Magic Town”, it can only be reached by car via a single-file, 2,300-meter-long tunnel. This area has close associations with the indigenous Huichol (Wixarika) Indians who call this area Wirikuta.
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Living In San Luis Potosi
Posted by Diana Myers Stephenson on Junio 07, 2000 Since I gave up, sadly I must say, on Merida as a possible relocation site. I am now considering San Luis Potosi. The distance from my current location in USA would be manageable for driving. But when I search for info on San Luis, I mostly […]
The mining towns of San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Both the name and the coat-of-arms of San Luis Potosi recall the tremendous importance of mining to Mexico’s economy. Called Potosí in emulation of the mines of that name high in the Bolivian Andes, the city’s coat-of-arms, awarded in 1656, has its patron saint standing atop a hill in which are three mine shafts. Left […]
Xilitla is a magical place in San Luis Potosi
Xilitla has so many structures it would be impossible to count them, such as this fragment of arches, columns and windows of the most varied architectural styles, built for the simple pleasure of feeling the wind, the dampness and the freedom that pervades every moment in this magical place… Endless stairs leading to unsuspected destinations. […]
Be careful, Miss Geri: climbing the bell towers in San Luis Potosi
I had my eyes and camera focused on the twin bell towers of the main cathedral in San Luis Potosí, so he saw me before I spotted him. “Do you want to go up there and take pictures from the top?” he asked. I turned and met the round, dark eyes of a policeman. “Do […]
Las Pozas: Edward James’ fantasy stands tall in a jungle in Mexico
We jounce for five hours in a pickup truck heading west from Tampico over the dusty Mexican plain to the Sierra Madre, up and up into a green world-peaks as sudden as the mountains of Moorea, tree-covered jagged ranges huge enough to be the molars of God, past coffee plantations, ramping bougainvillea, banana trees, crashing […]
Exvotos To St. Francis Of Assisi
The pictures here were taken in the church in the old mining town of Real de Catorce, in San Luis Potosi. There is a side room of the church dedicated to exvotos. Photo Gallery of Exvotos Senor de Villaseca, Cata Saint Lucia, Guanajuato Exvoto Article Published or Updated on: December 7, 2007 by Richard Ferguson © 2008
Tamazunchale: natural beauty, a slow-paced lifestyle, and Mexico’s native peoples
Have you ever found a place in Mexico that mirrors your own life? For me, it’s Tamazunchale, San Luis Potosí. “Every bend of the road reveals a more stunning mountain panorama,” gushed Nicki, a first-time visitor to Mexico. “Yeah. And there are lots of bends to this road,” I muttered, trying to keep one eye […]
Real de Catorce: An outpost of progress
He’s stranded in Real de Catorce. His broken-down vehicle is without license plates, his Mexican tourist visa expired four months ago, and he has no money. A 20-year-old Alaskan tattoo designer of ancient Celtic spirit symbols, surveys the wavering desert. His beaten-up van isn’t going anywhere. He, too, is stranded in Real de Catorce. Welcome […]
Map of San Luis Potosi
Map of San Luis Potosí Map of San Luis Potosí SCT, 1999.
San Luis Potosi: a brief overview
Situated about 300 miles north of Mexico City at an elevation of 6,200 feet, San Luis San Luis Potosí doesn’t suffer the high summer temperatures and humidity of coastal areas. Although it’s out of the Colonial Circle of cities such as San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Morelia, and Pátzcuro, SLP, too, is rich with colonial […]
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Xilitla And Las Pozas, San Luis Potosi (Mexico Notes 13)
Mexico Notes The final three days of our journey raise me above the lather of crowds and traffic. Muse returns, to the swish swish of the Mexico broom. Sweep sidewalks. Sweep streets and and home. Brooms in blue and neon pink. Brooms of straw. Grass and plastico. Journal, June 15 We almost miss Xilitla. I […]
Xilitla es un lugar mágico en el San Luis Potosi
Es tal la cantidad de obras construidas dentro de Xilitla que resultaría imposible enumerarlas, como este fragmento, de arcos, columnas y ventanas de los más encontrados estilos arquitectónicos hechas por el simple placer de sentir el viento, la humedad y la libertad que transpira a cada instante en este mágico lugar… Escaleras sin fin que […]