The name Saltillo is familiar around the world, not because the city is so famous, but the hand made floor tiles produced here are very famous and highly sought after. Saltillo is a pleasant city that located about an hour west of Monterrey by road and is the capital of the state of Coahuila. Other than the famous Saltillo tile the city is know for producing high quality serapes that are very popular with shoppers the world over. There are many shops that specialize in serapes in downtown Saltillo but if you want a serape that is made using the original techniques, not mass produced, you will have to search them out, Ask at the tourist office for locations that sell the best serapes.
The cathedral, which was started in 1745 and finally finished in 1801, is the most noticeable landmark in the centro historico. There are many colonial era buildings nearby. A beautiful fountain adds a touch of serenity to Plaza de Armas, the main plaza, which is a great place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Saltillo also offers visitors a "Tourism Tram" that, for a modest fee, you can take to various locations, depart and board again several times to visit the various local attractions and some very interesting museums.