San Luis Potosi, Mexico Travel
🗣 Mexico Language
Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places
💰 Mexico Currency
Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD
📍 Top Things to Do in San Luis Potosi
Huasteca Potosina, Xilitla/Las Pozas, San Luis Potosi City
📍 San Luis Potosi Off the Beaten Path
Real de Catorce, Media Luna Lagoon, Mantetzulel Caves, Cave of Swallows
San Luis Potosi Map
San Luis Potosi travel
San Luis Potosi State is the northernmost of all Central Mexico states. Though relatively unknown a few years ago, thanks to social media, San Luis Potosi is gaining recognition as one of the most beautiful states in Mexico.
The two most visited parts of the state are the state’s capital, San Luis Potosi City, and the Huasteca Potosina (pronounced wass-teck-uh po-toh-see-nah), one of the most beautiful, unique places to visit in Mexico.
The Huasteca is known for stunning cascadas, or waterfalls — Tamul, Micos, Tamasopo, El Salto and Puente de Dios. There’s also Las Pozas (the Pools/Wells), AKA the Surrealist Garden of Edward James, located in Xilitla pueblo magico (magic town).
San Luis Potosi travel FAQ
Is San Luis Potosi safe for travel?
According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico; but here is a rundown on San Luis Potosi State safety.
San Luis Potosi is among the safer states in Mexico. If you’re headed to the most visited areas — the Huasteca Potosina waterfalls, Las Pozas (the Pools/Wells), AKA the Surrealist Garden of Edward James, and San Luis Potosi City, you should feel safe in San Luis Potosi.
Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travel tips, and tips on how to stay safe during Mexico solo travel.
• Ep. 33 | Rose talks about her solo travel in Mexico
Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?
As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.
Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.
Top 20 Solo Female Travel Destinations: Head to this article to discover the 20 best places for solo travel in Mexico, recommended by solo female travelers who have actually visited them.
🎧 Click the links below to listen to podcast episodes with solo female travel tips.
What's the best time to visit San Luis Potosi State?
Weather-wise, San Luis Potosi is quite varied. As a general rule, the nicest time to visit San Luis Potosi is from November to May. The rainy season is from April to September, and it can rain quite a bit.
The southern parts of the state, where you’ll find the Huasteca Potosina and Surrealist Garden of Edward James (AKA Las Pozas/Xilitla), has a climate closer to that of the rest of Central Mexico. This part of the country has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cold.
In the north, there’s more of a desert climate, so you can expect hot days and cool, dry nights. In short, make sure to do some weather research before heading to San Luis Potosi.
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How do I travel to San Luis Potosi State?
When traveling to this state, use San Luis Potosi International Airport (code: SLP), located just north of San Luis Potosi City.
If you’re heading to Huasteca Potosina and the Surrealist Garden of Edward James, you’ll rent a car here and then make the 4-5 hour drive southeast. For Mexico car rentals, Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price — but make sure to get full coverage insurance.
🚙💨 Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.
Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?
As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time.
To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in Mexico — YES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.
Beyond that, another caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.
🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.
Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?
No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.
When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.
Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.
In short: Don’t lose your FMM!
Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?
As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.
If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!
If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.
🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.
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