Capital of the Mexican state of Coahuila, Saltillo is one of the most modern cities in the country. Its importance lies in its industrial growth, agriculture, and culture. Saltillo has a modern infrastructure that protects the historic center which tells the history of the city and the state of Coahuila.
25°26'00"N 101° 00'00"O
Altitude: 1600 meters above sea level
Time Zone: Central Standard Time UTC-6
Population: 725,123 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)
Area Code: 844
The city of Saltillo offers a wide range of places to visit, among them the Museum of the Revolution, El Sarape Museum as well as the Santiago Cathedral, the Government Palace, City Hall, and San Esteban Church. The city has plenty of green areas which include the urban forest located in the heart of the metropolitan area, in addition to Las Maravillas Park and Uriñola Ecological Park where you can enjoy beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and fountains.
The local cuisine is based on meat with roast beef, goat, and machaca or dried meat being the most popular. It is important to mention that the bread, Pan de Pulque, is a typical product of this region of Coahuila. Among the desserts you can enjoy is a delicious cheese with walnuts and la cajeta de membrillo which is similar to a carmel fruit marmalade. Typical drinks are fruit liqueurs, sotol and table wines.
The handicrafts of the city of Saltillo are Sarapes which can be purchased at the Juarez or Nuevo Saltillo markets located downtown.
The nightlife of the city is pounding on the boulevards of Venustiano Carranza and Jesus Valdés Sánchez with regional to northern and country music.
Mountain biking and skiing in the Sierra de Arteaga Natural Park are among the sport activities in the area.
The city of Saltillo is located in the southeastern part of the state of Coahuila. You can reach the city by taking the highway Carretera No. 40 (Monterrey-Saltillo), Carretera No. 57 (Torreón - Saltillo), or Carretera No. 4 (Zacatecas - Saltillo).
The Saltillo International Airport receives flights from the rest of the Mexican Republic as well as U.S. cities.
Saltillo has a bus station which is located on Avenida Libertad and Luis Echeverria in the area of the city called Colonia Bellavista.
Distances from Saltillo to other destinations in Mexico
- Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: 89 km.
- Torreón, Coahuila: 248 km.
- Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas: 295 km.
- Zacatecas, Zacatecas: 383 km.
- Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes: 485 km.
- Durango, Durango: 509 km.
- León de los Aldama, Guanajuato: 613 km.
- Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro: 639 km.
- Guadalajara, Jalisco: 680 km.
- Morelia, Michoacán: 825 km.
- Mexico City, Federal District: 847 km.
- Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla: 965 km.
The climate of the city of Saltillo is temperate and semi-dry with little rainfall in the summer.
The average temperature is 17° C with an annual maximum temperature of 27° C and an annual minimum temperature of 9° C.
What to Pack
In the summer it is recommended to pack shorts, sandals, short sleeve shirts, hat, and sunscreen.
In the winter bring pants, a jacket, coat, boots, hiking shoes, and a scarf.
Activities and Tourist Attractions in and around Saltillo
Mountain biking, skiing in the Sierra de Arteaga Natural Park.
Juarez Market, Nuevo Saltillo Market, Casa Purcell Cultural Center, Teatro Garcia Carrillo, Vito Alessio Robles Cultural Center, Cultural Institute of Coahuila, Recinto Juárez University Cultural Heritage, Santiago Apóstol Cathedral, Chapel of Santo Cristo, Sanctuary of la Virgen de Guadalupe, San Francisco Church, San Juan Nepomuceno Church, La Luz Church, San Esteban Church, Church of the Calvary, Church of la Purisima Concepcion in La Hibernia Museum, Landin Chapel.
Angostura Museum, Museum of la Catrina, Taurine Culture Museum, Museum of Birds of Mexico, Desert Museum, Normalismo Museum, Government Palace Museum, El Sarape y Costumes Museum, El Giroscopio Museum, Ruben Herrera Museum, Stamp Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, Fountain of the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, Museum of the Mexican Revolution, the Mayors of Coahuila Museum, Prof. Rafael B. Narro Natural History Room, Benemerita Escuela Normal de Coahuila Museum of Paleontology, Prof. Carlos Cardenas Villareal Museum of Archaeology, Alameda Zaragoza Parish Museum-Archive.
Sports City, Great Urban Forest, Las Maravillas Park, Chapulin Ecological Park, Saltillo Sur Biblioparque, Mirador de la Plaza Mexico, Urdiñola Ecological Park, Venustiano Carranza Park, Linear Bellavista-Ojo de Agua Park, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de las Cuidades Hermanas (Place of the Sister cities), Plaza Manuel Acuña, Plaza Nueva Tlaxcala, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Mexico, Plaza de la Madre, Plaza May 1, Plaza Madero, Government Palace, Casino Saltillo.
Festivities in Saltillo
August: Feast of Santo Cristo de la Capilla.
September: Feast of Ojo de Agua.
September 15 and 16: Mexico's Independence Day.
October: Feast of San Francisco.
November 1 and 2: Day of the Dead.
December 12: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.