The capital, San Luis Potosi, is yet another fine example of Mexico’s Colonial architecture and definitely one not to miss if you are doing a colonial cities tour. It is a particularly pretty town with an historic center that features flower-filled parks, plazas and esplanades. It is also historically significant in Mexico’s independence, playing an important role in some of the country’s major political upheavals.
It is not just the state capital that is worthy of a visit. The surrounding countryside has three major tourist regions which boast rich and varied ecosystems, all of which are easily accessible from the capital.
The desert of the Altiplano features the ‘ghost town’ of Real de Catorce, a once thriving mining community which, although long a pilgrimage site for Huichol shamanists and Catholics, is now attracting other tourists drawn by its spiritual energy. The Central Area features a forest climate and springs and is popular for adventurists and ecotourists, as is the Huastec region, which is filled with jungle and waterfalls.
The Sierra Gorda de Guanajuato mountains run north-south, creating a varied scenery of plains and valleys and many of the towns and villages still contain evidence of the Colonial and pre-Hispanic eras.
San Luis Potosi has the most borders with neighboring states – 9 in total. It is in North-Central Mexico with Nuevo Leon to the north and Hidalgo to the south.
If history, architecture, culture, the arts – and not to mention the pleasant climate – grab you, then San Luis Potosi should definitely appeal. Magic Towns ‘Pueblos Magicos’, beautiful countryside and the State capital are all fascinating and worthy of visits
The state may be steeped in history, but its facilities and amenities are as up-to-date as you would find anywhere.
Dental patients can be reassured that their care here will be on a par with any they receive at home – but with one massive difference – the price.
Saving an average of 60% (and for many, a lot more), here are the comparable costs of some of our most popular dental procedures:
• Average cost of a single dental crown in the US $1,200, in San Luis Potosi $250• Average cost of root canal, post and crown in the US$2,200, in San Luis Potosi from £500• Average cost of dental implant and crown in the US$3,900, in San Luis Potosi $2,200
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Accommodation options across the state of San Luis Potosi are varied and plentiful, ranging from city center hotels in the state capital, to boutique hotels in other towns such as Catorce and Xilitla, and luxury spas in the mountains.
From budget to blow-the-budget you'll find something to suit.
There is no US travel advisory to avoid the city of San Luis Potosi. However, it does warn that travel throughout the state remains a concern, and you should avoid traveling on the highways at night.
One of the main reasons we established Dental Departures was to provide a reliable way for people to find a good dentist abroad. Before we list a dentist on our site we perform a variety of checks that will provide us with indicators as to whether a particular dentist or clinic is of a certain standard and quality.
These include not only criminal and legal checks on all our verified dentists, but also qualifications and experience. You can see details of our dentists’ qualifications and experience under their listing on our site, as well as their professional memberships.
Dentists in Mexico who treat overseas patients are generally of a high-standard. If they weren’t then patients would just not come to them – and they would be out of business. We’ve found that many of our dentists are keen to demonstrate they are as qualified and capable as their North American counterparts and will go the extra mile to show that they are.
You will find dentists who have membership of the American Dental Association, as well as international specialist organizations, such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Furthermore, you will also see that the clinics are modern, equipped with the latest dental technology and operate under strict hygiene and safety procedures.
We have researched our dentists and clinics thoroughly so you are assured of a standard of care that is equivalent to any you’d receive at home.
It is a very rare event for something to go wrong with your dental care. However, the human body being what it is, no medical or dental procedure can ever be guaranteed 100%, but if something does go wrong we will get it resolved as quickly as possible.
All of our dentists have guarantees or warranties on the work they perform, and on any materials they use during the course of your treatment. If you do have a problem then they will fix it free-of-charge during the warranty period.
If you are worried about the expense of traveling and accommodation if you may have to travel back then it would be worthwhile purchasing a low-cost insurance plan to cover this for your complete peace of mind.
Our dentists are English speaking and you shouldn’t have too much trouble throughout the state of San Luis Potosi getting by without Spanish.
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Our dentists accept US cash. Most of our clinics accept other forms of payments, including debit and credit cards, bank transfers and personal/traveler checks. You can check out each individual clinic listing on our website for full details.
Please note that a small processing fee of between 3 – 4% is usually payable on credit card transactions.
While our dentists in San Luis Potosi cannot usually accept your insurance directly, if your provider permits ‘out-of-network’ care you may be able to reclaim your expenses when you return home.
Be sure to check with your provider and make sure you receive the appropriate paperwork to bring with you before you travel.
Our dentists are open all year round and so it’s totally up to you when to visit.
The weather is spring-like most of the time, and is ideal for outdoor recreational activities or just sight-seeing. The rainy season is April to November, but in common with many monsoon areas, the rain tends to fall heavily and briefly in the late afternoon. In the winter months you will probably need some warmer clothing for the evenings.
Like the rest of Mexico, some areas are more accessible in a wheelchair than others. There are always plenty of hotels that are wheelchair-friendly and many of our dentists do hotel pick-ups to make things a little easier.
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements – we can always find a way of getting you to see one of our dentists.
Unlike in the US and Canada, dental patients should note that sedation dentistry is not practiced as standard in Mexico, as local anesthetic is the preferred method of pain relief. If you require sedation dentistry, many of our dentists are happy to provide this service, but the services of an anesthesiologist will be required. For this reason, you will need to book in advance, and a further charge of between $400-$600 will be incurred.
Prescription anxiety medication, such as Valium, will also need to be ordered in advance.
San Luis Potosi City’s different historic architectural styles make for pretty and interesting walks. The buildings also lend themselves to a variety of cultural and artistic activities, including museums such as the Museo Regional Potosino, originally part of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1590.
Religious buildings, including the baroque cathedral, the Templo de San Franciso and the Templo del Carmen are impressive and there is a year-round calendar of events encompassing spiritual and religious festivals, dance festivals and markets and fairs.
In the state of San Luis Potosi there are other fascinating towns, including the Pueblos Magicos ‘Magical Towns’ of Real de Catorce and Xilitla. Real, as it is often abbreviated to, has many of its own architectural gems – from the 19th century pink stone bullring which commands magnificent views of the surrounding valley to the Hidalgo Gardens in the heart of the town, with its trees, shops and restaurants. Check out quirky bars, such as Amor Y Paz, hidden behind the walls of Hotel el Real, serving an array of alcoholic tea infusions and mezcals.
The terrain around Real is perfect for a number of activities, including cycling and horse-riding, and there are tour operators in the area who can provide you with all the equipment for your chosen mode of transport.
Xilitla is another magical town in the state. Las Pozas, the brainchild of English eccentric, poet and artist Edward James, is a collection of surrealist inspired sculptures in the tropical jungle and is the main attraction here. However, balanced on a hilltop and surrounded by the green slopes of the Sierra Madre Oriental, there is no doubt Xilitla is in a striking setting, enticing many visitors to stay for a night or two and sample its cozy restaurants and laid-back ambiance.
San Luis Potosi is a large state, offering a variety of stunning and interesting locations for a dental vacation, ensuring you will always have plenty to occupy your time before, during and after your dental treatment.
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San Luis Potosi’s international airport Ponciano Arriaga International is the main one in the state, but there are smaller ones at Matehuala and Rio Verde.
• Ponciano Arriaga International, Mexico: 12 miles (19 kms), 20 mins• Rio Verde: 82 miles (132 kms), 1 hr 40 mins• Matehuala: 121 miles (195 kms), 2 hrs 20 mins• Real de Catorce: 139 miles (223 kms), 2 hrs 40 mins• Xilitla: 200 miles (322 kms), 3 hrs 50 mins• Guadalajara: 200 miles (328 kms), 4 hrs• Tampico: 252 miles (405 kms), 4 hr 50 mins
Book an appointment online or call our toll-free number – we’re available practically 24/7. It’s easy to find and book a quality-checked dentist in San Luis Potosi with Dental Departures. Read our real patient reviews, see high-resolution clinic photos and compare our prices – you’re guaranteed the best available with us.
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