Capital of the state of Coahuila, SALTILLO feels far more provincial than Monterrey, despite being another large city of some 700,000. Lying just 85km to the southwest, through a high desert of yucca and Joshua trees, it’s infinitely quieter than Monterrey and, at 1600m above sea level in the Sierra Madre Oriental, usually feels a little cooler.

If you read Spanish you’ll get a lot out of Saltillo’s surprisingly good cache of museums, but if not it’s still a lovely place to stroll around, admire some beautiful buildings and soak up the colonial ambience.

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