Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí

Discover the first Barrio Bravo from where great wrestlers and boxers have emerged. It 's name is Tlaxcala, the Magic Village of San Luis Potosí.

Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí, is a magic neighborhood recognized as the oldest foundational area of the Potosina capital, symbolizing peace between the Spaniards and the Guachichiles of Chichimeca origin, whose pacification consolidated the processes that marked the country as a nation.

Discover the Magic of Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí

Tlaxcala, the first indigenous Novohispanic town in San Luis Potosí, is known as “El Barrio Bravo.” It was founded in 1592 at the site where the Spaniards decided to relocate the Guachichiles who lived in what is now the Historic Center of San Luis Potosí City.

The Spaniards brought Tlaxcaltec families to help ‘control’ the Guachichiles by establishing the Villa de Tlaxcalilla, the name by which the indigenous town was known. It was declared a free municipality on July 19, 1826. In 1830, it was named Villa de Tlaxcala and later Barrio de Tlaxcala.

What to Do in Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí

Although the core of Tlaxcala’s cultural heritage is intangible, the heart of the Barrio consists of the main garden and the current parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, founded in 1605 by the Franciscans. Inside the parish, you can appreciate works of art such as paintings, sculptures, and religious objects.

  • Visit the typical food stalls.
  • Explore the Franciscan temple dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption.
  • Discover the gastronomy in the September 16 Market and the Republic Market, the most traditional in the city.
  • Tour the gyms, boxing, and wrestling arenas.


Visitors can enjoy a unique experience during the feast of the Assumption, when streets are closed for a grand celebration. In the same context, visit the cloister and the arcades of the portico built under the Franciscan order and preserved in the convent since 1605.

When to Visit

Throughout the year, various popular fairs are common, but we suggest aligning your visit with the August 15 festivities, where the joy, mechanical games, sales of fritters, and traditional churros overflow the center of the neighborhood for a whole week, along with dancers, wax artisans, and fireworks castles celebrating the Virgin of the Assumption.

A must-see date is the Procession of Silence during Holy Week. It is considered the second most important of its kind worldwide, after Seville, Spain.

Discover the festivities in the city of San Luis Potosí.

Where to Eat

There are establishments ranging from Mexican snacks, bars, food stalls, nightclubs, budget kitchens, diners, seafood restaurants, and taquerias. Here are a couple of options you can visit:

  • Cuatro Almas Lomas. Sierra Pedroso 105, Lomas Cuarta Sección, San Luis Potosí. $200 to $300 MXN.
  • Chocolates La Frontera. 5 de Mayo 113, half a block from Plaza de Armas, and Avenida Carranza 1275, in front of the Tequis garden in San Luis Potosí. $200 MXN.

Where to Stay

Here are some accommodation options for a complete experience of relaxation and comfort:

  • Hotel Ankara Lomas. Blvd. Antonio Rocha Cordero 790, Lomas 4ta Secc. San Luis Potosí. From $1,500 MXN.
  • Holiday Inn San Luis Potosí Quijote. Av. Benito Juárez 1702, Industrias. San Luis Potosí. From $2,000 MXN.
  • Staybridge Suites San Luis Potosí. Alpes 200, Privadas del Pedregal. San Luis Potosí. From $2,000 MXN.

How to Get to Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí

From Mexico City, take Periférico Norte and continue on the Mexico-Querétaro highway. Follow the signs towards San Luis Potosí. You will pass towns like San José Iturbide and San Luis de La Paz, which will bring you closer to the capital. The journey is approximately 5 hours.

From the North Terminal, ETN, Primera Plus, Transportes del Norte, and Futura lines take you to the Potosina capital. The main second-class companies are Coordinados (Flecha Amarilla) and Estrella Blanca.


Tlaxcala Barrio de Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí, S.L.P., México

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