A region vast in area, with an enigmatic culture and a history full of intrigue
Located in the north of Mexico, the state of Coahuila covers a huge area of territory, and as a result is home to a wide range of natural, cultural and historical attractions. Full of interest, it combines unusual animal and plant species in the countryside with the beauty of civil and religious buildings like the Del Carmen Cathedral and the Isauro Martínez Theater in the cities, presenting scenes that form a backdrop to a trip of enjoyment and discovery.
The state enjoys an ample hotel, business and service infrastructure, making for a pleasurable stay there. These lands are home to an ancient paleontological legacy, with striking dinosaur remains, and offer countless possibilities for adventure.
The routes to take through Coahuila are many and varied, ranging from the majestic natural areas of the Sierra de Arteaga mountains, by way of the Natural Parks of Maderas del Carmen, the paleontological areas of Rincón Colorado, to the natural pools in the Cuatrociénegas Biosphere Reserve or the Cristo de las Noas which rises above Torreón.
Other great places to visit in the state are Parras de la Fuente, a Pueblo Mágico (“Magical Village”) that enchants those who come to enjoy its beauty and the hospitality of its people; the Plaza de las Culturas in the frontier city of Piedras Negras; the village of San Pedro de las Colonias, once a central player in the Mexican Revolution, and the Monclova observatory.
The cuisine of Coahuila is another of the state’s highlights, thanks to the aromas and flavors of its exquisite fresh goat, mutton and veal that are the basis for dishes such as machaca (dried meat), sábanas norteñas, discada, chorizo (sausage), cheeses, tamales – especially those made of meat and corn, from the cities of Ramos Arizpe and Saltillo – and burritos.
Local tables are also adorned with the traditional pan de pulque (pulque bread) and desserts like pecan nut cheese and suaderos – milk caramel.
A journey through the state might finish up in Saltillo, the capital, which is home to much of the region’s traditional culture, with festivals such as that of Santo Cristo de la Capilla. Here, too, the wealth of Coahuila handicrafts is on show, with items such as the classic saltillos or cotton serapes, which drape visitors and locals alike with the grandeur of the state.
Climate: Dry and warm to very warm
Temperature: 72°F / 22°C annual average
Location: North of the country
Area: 58,518 sq miles