Coahuila outdoor activities both in the desert and in forests
The territorial extension of the Coahuila state allows enjoying a vast choice of outdoor activities both in the desert and in wooded areas.
The border state of Coahuila has been considered as a clear industrial reference because of its potential for trade with the United States, however, the extent of its territory has allowed it to diversify its economic activity, mainly the tourism sector.
Coahuila is promoting tourism with the different activities that can be carried out in its territory. Its great extension (151,500 km2) allows it to enjoy different climate, flora, and fauna, which has been used for different outdoor activities. In general, the climate is warm, but in the winter season, you can see the snow-covered landscape.
A must in Saltillo is the Museo del Desierto, which has fossils, endemic plants, and animals that were found in the north of the country. It has four exhibition halls, a botanical garden and a dessert with different species in danger of extinction.
Arteaga magical town
Coahuila is the only state in the north of the country that has seven Magical Towns: Cuatro Ciénegas, Viesca, Candela, Guerrero, Parras, Arteaga and Melchor Múzquiz. Arteaga is the main producer of apples in the state, you can also enjoy the preserves, wines, and liqueurs of regional fruits such as peaches, apples, and quinces. It also houses some ecotourism destinations such as the green and wooded area of Los Chorros, where you can enjoy the waterfalls in its many waterfalls.
Another of the most emblematic places of this municipality is the holiday resort of Bosques de Monterreal, located 45 minutes from Saltillo, surrounded by a beautiful wooded landscape.
The site is named by the visitors as the "Switzerland of Mexico" for its cold climate, because during the winter the landscape is covered with white snow, which makes it even more conducive to perform the activities that are offered there, mainly skiing with snowboarding, although there is no snow can be done on the track with an instructor.
You can also rent one of the 57 Swiss-style cabins distributed among the 800 hectares that the place has. The costs vary depending on the cabin, but the minimum price per person is 1,250 pesos up to 5,000 and with a capacity of six to 25 people.
Here you will find one of the highest golf courses in the country, and you can make use of all the facilities of the complex. It has tennis and basketball courts, zip-lining, heated pool, games room, more than three meeting rooms, and horseback riding or ATV.
In the Cultural Museum Casa Carranza the architect Mario Alberto Monjaraz, chronicler of Arteaga and in charge of the Municipal Archive, preserves the cultural treasure of the town with a unique game: La Chuza.
This board game consists of throwing 12 balls (originally eight Castille walnuts and four criollo walnuts) to the wooden table that has a concave slope with a circular pit in the center. At the bottom, it has receptacles, a kind of metal spoons, where the nuts or balls must fit. The winner is the one who leaves the most balls in the receptacles but who is odd or even, depending on what he chose previously. The game was used to bet between the men of the town, like money, properties or animals, even until women were betting to fix marriages.
Faced with the growing demand for business tourists in recent years, the authorities are managing the creation of a convention center in the south of the state, in Saltillo, and thus offer appropriate facilities for meetings, exhibitions, festivals, and conventions.