Saltillo
Mexico
By Jessica Howell

Forget everything you thought you knew about Mexico.  The charming colonial city of Saltillo, Mexico is full of impressive architecture, interesting museums, and a regional cuisine that will shatter all your preconceived notions of what Mexico has to offer.  Since the city was founded in 1577, Saltillo has been a proverbial melting-pot of races and ethnicities that has directly contributed to its unique architecture, culture, traditions, and cuisine.  Now, Saltillo is one of the most industrialized cities in Mexico, but has held fast to its colonial roots.  Around every corner something new and exciting awaits, which is why WhatsCheaper.com urges you to book your next vacation to Saltillo, Mexico and see this beautiful city in all its glory.

Flights to Saltillo arrive at Plan de Guadalupe International Airport (SLW), conveniently located 10 miles from the city center.  To book your flight with WhatsCheaper.com, just click on the following link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).  After you land in Saltillo, you can be perusing the historic city center within the hour.  Many hotels provide transportation to and from the airport, or you can easily arrange a ride with a reputable taxi service right inside the airport for a nominal fee.  WhatsCheaper.com can also assist you in finding the perfect accommodations to meet your travel needs.  Click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to search our full range of hotel offerings. 

The highlight of Saltillo is not just one attraction, but the overall atmosphere created by the stunning Baroque and Neo-classical architecture.  WhatCheaper.com recommends that you hide your map, stow away your guide books, and spend your first day in Saltillo getting lost as you search for the opulence and magnificence chiseled in the marble facades of many churches and buildings scattered all over the city.  As you make your way back to the Plaza de Armas – the bustling city center – be sure to visit the Catedral de Santiago de Saltillo.  With its Baroque façade and Neo-classical tower, the cathedral is a stunning combination of the two types of iconic architecture found in Saltillo. 

Architecture is not the only form of aesthetic beauty to be found here.  Sharing the same name as the city in which they originated, ‘saltillos’ are the traditional blankets and colorful garments that have become part of a wider national identity.  The bright colors and clean lines of the traditional saltillo are a nice example of how pre-Hispanic themes and colonial influences have melded together in perfect harmony.  These authentic garments are woven on hand-looms and can be purchased in the Juárez Market and in numerous stores around the city center.  WhatsCheaper.com recommends spending some time perusing the Saltillo Fair, one of the cities principal commercial and craft exhibitions.  Here you can find anything from jewelry, handmade garments, glass work, and much more.    

Another must see is The Mueso del Desierto or Desert Museum, which houses the largest dinosaur fossils exhibit in the country.  In addition to the first full re-assembly of the genus Gryposaurus (commonly known as the duck-billed dinosaur), the museum also features a Botanical Garden, where visitors can see hundreds of live cacti species, and a reptile exhibit.  Admission can be purchased for a small fee.

Once you have spent some time exploring the historic city center, WhatsCheaper.com suggests taking a day trip to San Lorenzo Canyon.  Book a tour with a reputable tour company and spend the day hiking to the canyon entrance and then rappel down its steep slopes to the canyon bottom.  Another popular day trip is to the nearby city of Monterrey.  Located just 53 miles north of Saltillo, travelers can catch a bus to this thriving cosmopolitan city, enjoy the sites, and still be back in time for dinner. 

Speaking of food, one of the highlights of your trip to Saltillo will be sampling the regional cuisine.  If you think you know Mexican food, your taste buds are in for a real – but spectacularly pleasant - surprise.  Here in Saltillo, culture and tradition come together to produce unique dishes like dulces de leche (wafers filled with milk caramel) and fritadas (a traditional meat and tortilla dish).   Although fritadas are found all over Mexico, Saltillo has its own variation with cabrito, young milk-fed goat.  The famous fritada de cabrito is prepared by boiling the goat and then frying it with salt, spices, and vegetables, then it is served with rice, beans, and tortillas.  If you find yourself hungry and wandering the streets of Saltillo and you’re not sure the best place to go, do as the locals do.  If they are lined up at a street vendor or pouring into a little cantina, you know you are in for a delicious meal!

If you’re ready to stray from the normal tourist trail, then use WhatsCheaper.com to book your next vacation to Salitllo, Mexico. WhatsCheaper.com recommends checking the State Department Travel Advisory Notices for any international travel alerts.  Then, just click the following link to get started today with booking your tickets (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).  

MUST SEE IN Saltillo LIST:

  • 1. Plaza de Armas
  • 2. Catedral de Santiago de Saltillo
  • 3. Alameda Zaragoza (Saltillo's largest park)
  • 4. Saltillo Fair
  • 5. Salazar Street
  • 6. San Lorenzo Canyon
  • 7. Museo del Desierto (Desert Museum)
  • 8. The Ecological Park
  • 9. Parras de la Fuente
  • 10. Ojo de Agua Church

Saltillo EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Carnaval - February
  • 2. International Motorcycle Festival - March
  • 3. Santo Cristo de la Capilla - August
  • 4. Cristo de Ojo de Agua - September
  • 5. Mexican Independence Day - September
  • 6. Festival of San Francisco - October
  • 7. National Antique Festival - October
  • 8. Day of the Dead - November
  • 9. Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - December
  • 10. Posadas Navideas - December

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Saltillo
Boulevard Venustiano Carranza 8800, Saltillo, Mexico
By Marilynn Lopez

Located in the Northern part of Mexico at the tip of the Mesa Central, the city known as the Athens of Mexico, Saltillo Coahuila is an ideal vacation destination. When visiting the city of Saltillo, the place to stay is the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Saltillo. This hotel is only a few minutes’ drive from the Plan de Guadalupe International Airport in Ramos Arizpe (SLW) and for the convenience of its guests, transportation to and from the airport is also offered.  To add to its ideal location, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Saltillo is just a short commute to the vibrant downtown area of Saltillo.

Upon arrival at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Saltillo, friendly hotel staff and fresh baked cookies welcome guests. This hotel boasts a variety of stylish suites fully equipped with modern amenities.  Hotel suites range from single room suites to three-room suites. Each room comes equipped with a Sweet Dreams by Doubletree plush bed, a 37-inch HDTV and complimentary high-speed Internet. Smoking rooms may be made available upon request.

Guests can continue to enjoy their stay with a refreshing dip into the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Saltillo’s heated indoor swimming pool. Exercise at the fitness center or enjoy a game of tennis with access to the Sports Club, which offers soccer, basketball and racquetball. Recharge with the delicious Mexican cuisine offered at Mezze or enjoy the views of the city from La Estancia restaurant. The city of Saltillo is rich in history and visitors can explore the colorful culture by visiting the Saltillo Cathedral, the popular Alameda Zaragoza Park and enjoy a collection of dinosaur fossils at the Desert Museum, all a short distance from the hotel.

When looking for a refreshing new vacation spot, choose the historic city of Saltillo and let the friendly staff at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Saltillo accommodate your stay. Make sure to book cheap and easy through WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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