Our Pueblo Mágico next door.

We’ve all been there.  And this is what it looks like:


At least, on a Sunday, this is what Arteaga looks like.

For those who haven’t been to Arteaga (on a Sunday), there’s a pretty large market that sets up all over Arteaga’s Alameda every Sunday.  Go early, because parking is a pain mid-afternoon!

La Colmena Candy Store off the Alameda–open during the week, too!


The other day–a THURSDAY MORNING–(who goes to Arteaga on a Thursday morning?)  this is what it looked like:

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Shhhh . . . it’s very quiet here on a weekday!

Maybe too quiet for some . . .

La Llorona, carved into a tree.     La Llorona is legendary all over Mexico for having killed her children after her husband was unfaithful to her.



But I love Arteaga when it’s quiet!

Plus, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are some restaurants open during the week.

I also ventured off the Alameda and found the Plaza de Armas.  It’s another tree-lined square, with the mayor’s office on one end and the elementary school on the other.

Another block away (behind the elementary school) was Arteaga’s main church, San Isidro Labrador.  His feast day is the 15th of May.  So when the kiddies don’t have school for Teacher’s Day, swing by Arteaga–I bet these few blocks will be rockin’!



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Don Arteaga himself.  This plaque was terribly unhelpful, but it seems that he was a war hero when the French invaded (and took over) Mexico in the 1860s.
Arteaga in season


Here’s a gorgeous video from Televisa, highlighting the town (and county) much better than I can!


2 thoughts on “Wandering Arteaga

  1. In live in Saltillo! I have been coming to Saltuillo since 1962! Back then, Saltillo had FEWER than 150,000 residents.. I courted a pretty Mexican senorita in in the Alameda in 1962 qnd married her in 1963. Lucky me! After years of living in Saltillo and in the USA, I retired here in 2014 and have kept busy writing and encouraging people to harvest rainwater and plant organic food gardens at home to cope with climate change induced drought.
    I am a retired but, have a continuing interest in geology, ecology, biointensive gardening, and environmental matters, especially climate change. I write articles about climate change, drought, rainwater harvesting, and biointensive gardening for the Instituto Municipal de Planeacion, Saltillo in their Espacio Publico magazine. I would welcome contacts with people, having similar interests.


    1. I’m so glad you commented, Brooks! Are you on our group in facebook? (Your name is just really familiar . . . I know I’ve seen it before!) And thank you for mentioning your interest and expertise in gardening and ecology–we’ve absolutely got some folks interested in that! (In fact, I may have to get back to you about picking your brain. We try to do monthly meetups, and I would love to get some solid gardening tips for this climate. If you’re comfortable with that, either pass me your email here, or email me (Jill) at Thanks!


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