Cheap Flights to San Luis Potosi
Since its origins as a Spanish mission, San Luis Potosi has been a renowned regional hub that has played an important part in Mexico’s history. Blessed with a rich cultural heritage, San Luis Potosi's colonial streets transport you to a more tranquil time. However, with over a million residents, San Luis Potosi is also one of the fastest-growing and most energetic cities in Mexico. Recent major investments in public facilities include some of the best universities in Latin America. Nestled in the Sierra Madres, flights to San Luis Potosi allow you to take advantage of very accommodating weather and the city that The Investor recently named as the third-best place to live in Mexico.
Ponciano Arriaga International Airport
Ponciano Arriaga International Airport is located on the Matehuala Highway, about 15 miles from downtown. The airport is a gateway for international flights to Houston and Dallas as well as other destinations in Mexico. Car rental and taxis are available from the terminal, and hotels usually provide shuttle service. Taxis into town cost around $25 and about half that amount to go from town to the airport. Public bus transportation is about a mile from the main terminal at Terrestre Potosina where you can find buses into town as well as interstate buses.
San Luis Potosi Attractions
The downtown of San Luis Potosi is very walkable, and it contains many of the historical landmarks. Plaza de Armas is one of several major plazas downtown, and here you can find a baroque cathedral and the governor's palace. It's also a lively area that hosts concerts and exhibits. Several blocks to the east is Templo de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, known for being one the most beautiful churches in Mexico.
A walk around downtown often ends at Parque Alameda, which is a popular spot to relax for locals and visitors alike. Its lovely ponds and gazebos make it the perfect spot to recharge your batteries. The city’s industrial wealth has allowed it to convert many historical buildings into impressive museums. In downtown, you'll find El Museo de Ferrocarrila, a converted railway station, and Casa Othon, the home of Mexico’s most celebrated poet. Also downtown, Museo Frederico Silva, a 17th Century hospital, houses international art exhibits. A 16th Century monastery now houses Museo Regional Potosino, which is dedicated to pre-Hispanic art. For those who wish to experience nature, it's easy to schedule day trips into the jungles surrounding the city known as Huasteca Potosina.
Hints and Tips for Exploring San Luis Potosi
San Luis's accommodations in the city center tend to cater to the backpacker. Many of the more upscale hotels are located near the main highways or the bus station. Due to its high altitude, the city experiences only a few hot days each year in this subtropical region, with summer temperatures typically staying in the low 80s. The bulk of the city’s precipitation is seen from May through October.
The favorite local dish consists of bright orange fried enchiladas known as potosinas. These are often served fried with refried beans and guacamole.