Living in Saltillo
Experience the quality of life in Saltillo, Coahuila:
Founded in 1577 by Spanish colonists, Saltillo is the oldest post-conquest settlement in northern Mexico.
In 1824, Saltillo was made the capital of the State of Coahuila and included the area which is now the US State of Texas until the Texas War of Independence and the founding of the independent Texas Republic.
In 2006, Saltillo was chosen as the best Mexican city to live in from amongst more than 53 Mexican cities by Inversionista (The Investor) Magazine.
Saltillo’s most famous exports are Saltillo tile and the locally woven multi-coloured sarapes.
Alameda Zaragoza is the largest park in the city and has an artificial lake in the shape of the Mexican Republic. The park is located just west of the downtown plaza. The Colonial Center of the city is built in pink marble, giving Saltillo’s architecture a distinctive flavor.
The city has two world-class museums. The Museo de las Aves de México (Bird Museum), featuring a collection of bird specimens from all over Mexico in realistic displays. The Museo del Desierto (Desert Museum) focuses on the geography, geology, paleontology (with dinosaur fossils) and biodiversity of the Chihuahuan desert, and the history and culture of the local people through time. It includes a cactus greenhouse and exhibits, with dozens of species.
Saltillo’s main universities are the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, the Instituto Tecnológico de Saltillo, the Tec de Monterrey Saltillo Campus, El Instituto de Filologia Hispanica, and the Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro.
Saltillo has an arid climate. It is located in the Chihuahuan Desert but temperatures are cooler than other desert cities in Mexico because it is located in an altitude of 1,600 meters. Summers are slightly hot with cool nights and winters are sunny but cool. Rainfall is scarce but more prominent in summer.
Saltillo Metropolitan Area air traffic is served by Plan de Guadalupe International Airport. It takes 15 minutes to get from downtown Saltillo to the airport. It has several flights per day to Mexico City and a daily flight to Houston, Texas. Offshore Group client company executives also travel to Saltillo via one of the many daily flights from the U.S. that has its terminus in the city of Monterrey. Saltillo is an approximately one hour drive away.