With its 17th-century streets, houses, and stores largely uninhabited, one could easily mistake Cerro de San Pedro for a ghost town. But on weekends, this historic mining outpost (a 45-minute drive east of downtown San Luis) unexpectedly comes alive, as a handful of restaurants and shops open their doors to travelers, who come to see centuries of architectural history telescoped into a single town. This ranges from Mesa Verde–like dwellings carved out of rocky hillsides to impressive churches layered with baroque and neoclassical influences. Intriguingly, San Pedro also sits in the middle of a robust modern-day mining operation—so while you’re gazing upon antique digging tools in the town’s history museum, you’ll hear the distant roar of trucks and tractors dismantling nearby mountains in search of aluminum, copper, and iron. After exploring the steep stone streets of town, you can hike through two mines that were blasted open in the 1800s. (You’ll need a flashlight to guide you.) Or set off on trails flanked by cacti and mesquite trees and climb up to scenic lookouts. Back in San Pedro, browse handmade jewelry at the Silversmith’s Workshop, then join the lunch crowd at El Nopal Cósmico restaurant, which serves terrific thin-crust pizzas and cold beer on outdoor tables overlooking church steeples.
Cerro de San Pedro is 45 minutes by car from the Conrad. While its shops and restaurants don’t have formal addresses and often lack phone numbers, they’re all located within a few blocks of the town’s main entrance on Benito Juárez. You can easily visit and enjoy San Pedro on your own, but a guide can provide historical insights and take you to little-known mines. Ask the concierge to book your excursion.
SILVERSMITH’S WORKSHOP: Cerro de San Pedro