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Saltillo

Mexican Athenas

It was the capital of Mexico during the French invasion under the presidency of Benito Juarez, now it is a city known for its industrial activity, which has made it one of the fastest growing places in our country. Cradle of entrepreneurs and intellectuals, it has an extremely wide museum offer and cultural centers full of history and tradition.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Desert Museum It is formed by four large halls with an extension of more than 12 thousand square meters. Here you can admire an impressive Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil.
  • "El Chapulin" Ecological Park In this area you can enjoy paradisiac landscapes surrounded by gardens that show the biodiversity of this region. Also, here you can practice zip-lining, suspension bridge crossing, hiking, and there is also a playground for kids.
  • Temple of San Juan Nepomuceno Built in 1779, its interior houses invaluable paintings and stained glass windows from the eighteenth century.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivity of the Santo Cristo de la Capilla (Holy Crucifix of the Chapel) It takes place on August 6th every year.
  • Festivity of the Ojo de Agua (Natural Spring) It takes place the first Sunday of September.
  • Festivity of Saint Francis As in the rest of the Catholic world, it is celebrated on October 4th every year.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Cabrito. Roast baby goat meat.
  • Roast beef
  • Machaca. Shreds of jerky beef usually cooked with scrambled eggs and spicy sauce, and accompanied always with flour tortillas.
  • Chorizo. Spicy sausage made with extra seasoned pork meat, but sometimes it is made also with beef, chicken and turkey meat.
  • Cheese of walnut. Milk Candy with pieces of walnut.
  • Liquors of fruits
  • Wines
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Saltillo literally means in Spanish "Little waterfall", and it was named thus because of that little waterfall that still exists.
  • It was founded in 1577 with the original name of "Villa de Santiago de Saltillo".
  • Because of the constant attacks perpetrated by the local indigenous groups against the new settlements, the Conquistadors decided to bring a group of Indians from Tlaxcala in order to educate those rebels with their example. The Tlaxcala Indians founded the nearby village of San Estevan de la Nueva Tlaxcala, which kept separated from Saltillo until the nineteenth century, when finally both villages joined to form the current city of Saltillo.
  • Renwoned Individuals:
  • Manuel Acuña (1849 – 1873). Poet and writer.

Popular Craft

  • Ponchos
  • Blankets
  • Leather goods and handicrafts
  • Artisanal brushes
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