Seniors Enjoy San Luis Potosí


I have been all over Mexico, but not to San Luis Potosí, commonly called SLP or simply San Luis. This capital city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí is home to over 722,000 inhabitants. Seniors, get your coffee, we’re off to Mexico today to a Bucket List city.

San Luis Potosí, which has some of the richest silver mines in Mexico, is also where Gonzales Bocanegra wrote the Mexican national anthem in 1854. The state, San Luis Potosi, is a glorious secret for senior outdoor adventurers, encompassing territory as diverse as rainforest and high desert and scored by hundreds of majestic mountains.


Located in North-Central Mexico, the state is bordered by 9 other Mexican states, making it the state with the most borders with other neighboring states. The mean elevation is about 6,000 ft ensuring a temperate climate for the most part.

TripAdvisor notes three dozen things that senior visitors can see and do, starting off with the Huasteca Potosina and the beautiful Cathedral. Me I’d want to be sure to take in a site called the Cave of Swallows (Sotano De las Golondrinas).

Seniors Find Colonial Charm

The city is full of “Colonial Charm,” but then Mexico has that in all four corners. Historically, while scant information exists on the state’s pre-Hispanic era, the Huastecos, Chichimecas and Guachichile Indians are believed to have inhabited the lands that now comprise San Luis Potosí as far back as 10,000 B.C.


The grand old dame of colonial cities, San Luis Potosí was once a revolutionary hotbed, an important mining town and seat of government to boot. Today the city has maintained its poise as the prosperous state capital, orderly industrial center and university seat.

The city’s colonial core is made up of numerous plazas and manicured parks that are linked by attractive pedestrian streets. Although not as striking as Zacatecas or Guanajuato, this lively city’s cultural elegance is reflected in its delightful colonial buildings, impressive theater and numerous excellent museums. I am good at wandering, ask my wife…how about you?


Seniors Enjoy Big, Awesome Architecture

From El Mirador, a famous waterfall, Tangamanga Park and great museums, I’d want to be sure to wander around the Historic Downtown area starting in Founders Square that dates back to 1592. Don’t miss the Water Tank, a neoclassical monument quarry.

San Luis Potosí is synonymous with big and awesome architecture. Many buildings are made of quarry in Baroque style that contrasts with the lordly and elegant neoclassic style prevalent in the city as well as in the local architecture of the houses with their characteristic facades and the large, iron window frames.

Senior travelers, enjoy the many amenities of this awesome Mexican city. -jeb

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