DescriptionNote: For current information about safety/security issues in Saltillo, refer to the U.S. State Department website (travel.state.gov).
About 85 kilometers (53 miles) southwest of Monterrey on Mex. 40, Saltillo (sahl-TEE-yoh) is the capital of and leading industrial city in the state of Coahuila. Because of altitude and the resulting dry, mild climate, golf, tennis, polo and swimming are popular summer recreational pursuits. The city's annual feria (fair) takes place the first half of August.
There are two downtown plazas. Dignified monuments and well-preserved colonial buildings line the streets around Plaza de Armas. The feeling of formality is reinforced by its paved surface, a central fountain overlooked by four female statues, and the lack of trees and benches. The plaza is flanked by the city's grand 18th-century cathedral and the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), which contains murals illustrating regional history.
Much livelier is Plaza Acuña, 2 blocks northwest. Here there are an abundance of shops, and the square is ringed with little cafes and bars. Occupying one corner is Mercado Juárez, which is a good place to browse for handicrafts, sarapes (woolen blankets), rugs, pottery, silverwork and bizarre-looking tin masks. Wandering musicians entertain families and visitors soaking up the local atmosphere.
A monument to Emilio Carranza, who made the first nonstop flight from Mexico City to New York, stands along Calle Victoria. The street begins at the Alameda, a shady park just west of Plaza de Armas that is frequented by students and joggers. Here stands an equestrian statue of General Ignacio Zaragoza, hero of the 1862 Battle of Puebla. Zaragoza was born in 1829 in Bahía del Espíritu Santo, near what is now Goliad, Tex. The central bus station is southwest of downtown on Boulevard Luis Echeverría.
Visitor InfoCoahuila State Tourism Office (Instituto Estatal de Turismo) Boulevard Venustiano Carranza SALTILLO, CU . Phone:(844)439-2745
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