The city of Saltillo, in Coahuila de Zaragoza is a colonial city founded 440 years ago. The result of two legacies, the Spanish and the Tlaxcalteca.
Saltillo is considered the “Capital of Decisions” for its historical figures and events that took place in the region. It is recognized nationally as the “Athens of Mexico” for its high-ranking educational institutions, such as the Ateneo Fuente, the Instituto Tecnológico de Saltillo, and the Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, which reflect the city’s commitment to the future of the state and the nation.
Saltillo is popular for its neoclassical architecture, mostly located in its historic center. Tourists may visit the Catedral de Santiago, the Plaza de Armas, and the Alameda Zaragoza which boasts an artificial lake in the shape of the Mexican territory.
The history and cultural heritage of Saltillo and the southeast region of Coahuila has been reflected in more than 20 modern museums that have a rich cultural expression. The Museo del Desierto, where you can find dinosaurs fossils, a cactus greenhouse and everything you need to know about our desert. The Museo de las Aves is located in a beautiful architectural jewel of the mid-nineteenth century, and holds more than 3000 specimens to admire.
Museo del Desierto
With the largest fossil collection in Mexico, this museum shows the richness of life and the evolution of species over time, in an interactive way.
Museo de las Aves
A unique museum which houses and exhibits a collection of over 3000 specimens of dissected birds that represent 73% of the total of species in Mexico.
Catedral de Santiago
One of the architectural gems of the state of Coahuila, built between 1745 and 1897, the beautiful Cathedral of Santiago, is the highest in northern Mexico.
Photography: Liliana Rodríguez
Located 500 meters from the Plaza de Armas, it is the most prominent park in the city. Its walkways feature details that recall the history of the region.
Stroll through the streets of the historic center to admire monuments of great historical value, and various galleries and museums.