The (Canadian) Mississippi River near Galetta, Ontario, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Galetta, Ontario, Canada.

Where are they going next? Ecuador on October 13th.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Second day touring San Luis Potosi, Mexico

At 10:30am, we were back in our host Peter's Suburban SUV, ferrying the rest of our group into the city of San Luis Potosi.

When we arrived in the center, it seemed much quieter than it had been on Saturday. But, it's possible that everyone was still in church!

He dropped us off at a different spot this time... Plaza del Carmen. There are 8 different major plazas in San Luis Potosi... lots of green space downtown.

Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

Ruth, with the statue depicting the Procession of Silence.

No, that's not a KKK member! 

The Procession of Silence in San Luis Potosi is an annual event to mourn the Passion of Christ and honor Our Lady of Solitude. It occurs on the night of Good Friday, beginning at the El Carmen Church, where it originated, and winds through the streets of the historic center of the city of San Luis Potosí. During the event there are the sounds of drums and bugles, but no participant or spectator speaks, giving the event its name. It is one of the most important Holy Week observances in Mexico and was declared part of the cultural heritage of the state of San Luis Potosí in 2013.

El Carmen Plaza.

The church tower is beautiful!

Another pleasant day, temperature about 21C (70F). But mixed skies with a fair bit of afternoon cloud.

We walked to the central plaza where we decided to take the tourist bus before going for lunch. We asked the guy how much and how long the tour would be... but forgot to ask when it would be departing. We ended up sitting on the bus for close to a half an hour before it left.

Good value... 50 pesos ($2.50 USD, $3.30 CAD) for a one hour tour.

Our group!

A few people milling about.

Everybody must have got out of church!

The central plaza.

Statues on top of the cathedral.

Ice cream, anyone?

As we were leaving, another bus was filling up.

San Francisco Plaza.

San Francisco Plaza.

Statue of Morelos.

José Maria Morelos was a revolutionary leader during Mexico’s quest for independence and was executed by the Spanish government. He is considered a Mexican hero.

The original water reservoir.

The original penitentiary is now an arts center!

There is a Mexican military base almost right downtown.

Our tour bus. Money well spent for a one hour tour.
Tough to get decent photos from the bus though.

As we were walking to our lunch spot, there was a clown parade.
There's always a parade of some kind going on in Mexico!

I walked about 5 blocks looking for a decent spot to try for lunch, and couldn't find anything suitable. I returned to the group and suggested we go back to the same place we were at the day before. And, as with the day before, everyone enjoyed their meal!

But by the time the meal was finished, we didn't have a lot of time left to do any more exploring. So we walked back to the Plaza del Carmen to wait for our 3:00pm ride. It was busy by now, and lots of people out enjoying the day... and lots of traffic.

Plaza del Carmen.

Yep.

Ruth made chorizo pizza for dinner.

The finished product!

Today is a day of rest! Cloudy and overcast so far, and a bit chilly... calling for a high of only 14C (57F). Sound like good weather for a hike!

I'm going to start putting up a weekly map of our route so far...


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10 comments:

  1. Love watching your trip.... can you get the unleaded fuel and or ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and what is the pricing for them? Safe travels!

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    1. There has never been a problem getting unleaded gasoline... exactly the same as Canada or the U.S.. Current pricing is just under 20 pesos per liter ($3.75 USD per gallon, $1.30 CAD per liter).

      No longer any problem getting USLD, but I do not know the pricing.

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  2. Kevin.... your pics from the bus are just as good and no different from the ones taken on your walks. Keep “shooting” wherever you are and in whatever vantage point!

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    1. Thank you Lynnette, so glad that you enjoyed the pictures and the bus tour. We had a fun time with you in San Luis Potosi. :-)

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  3. What a great start for the caravan. SLP is a very beautiful city. The pizza really looks good!!!!

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    1. Yes, we are certainly letting them see places that are off the tourist radar. They have really been enjoying the tour so far.

      The pizza was delicious and there was even leftovers for lunch the next day. :-)

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  4. Your tour bus took you past a Sears store. They're closing left and right in the US-wonder how they are doing in Mexico?

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    1. Sears Mexico has no relationship to Sears Canada or Sears U.S., and they appear to be doing fine... https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/under-carlos-slim-sears-mexico-is-far-from-bankruptcy/

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  5. I drove a Grayline tour bus in Seattle for a summer job, a million years ago.
    It is a great way for an inexpensive tour of a place you are new to visiting...
    My sister and I were in New York and just got out of Union Station. I suggested a tour bus,it was great and didn't have to worry about parking or anything else..
    Keep having fun!

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    1. We totally agree, especially if it is a big town/city and is hard to see it all on foot and it is also great for people who have mobility issues. Kevin and I really prefer to be on foot though when we go out exploring.

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