Rioverde, San Luis Potosí
|City & Municipality|
|State||San Luis Potosí|
|Founded||November 3, 1592|
|• Municipality||3,109.71 km2 (1,200.67 sq mi)|
|• Municipality||49,183 (city)
|• Demonym||Potosino (a)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC−6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC−5)|
Rioverde is a city and its surrounding municipality located in the south-central part of the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It is the fifth-most populated city in the state, behind San Luis Potosí, Soledad de Graciano Sánchez, Ciudad Valles, and Matehuala. The city had a 2005 census population of 49,183, while the municipality, of which it serves as municipal seat, had a population of 85,945 and an area extent of 3,109.71 km² (1,200.07 sq mi). The population of its metropolitan area, which includes the largest municipality of Ciudad Fernández, was 126,997.
The city is well known for its spring, called Media Luna. The city has been growing faster in the last four years. Rioverde lives up to its name in its rich surroundings and round the year pleasant weather. It is the birthplace of singer Ana Bárbara and composer Amador Ramos. The town has an Institute of Higher Education, the Technical Institute of Rioverde. It is one of the higher education federal institutes.
La Media Pene Laguna de la Media Luna is popular tourist site located 10 km. The lake gets its name for having the shape of a half moon. The area also includes a swimming and camping area. With depths of more than 50 meters and a sub aquatic cavern the area well known to scuba and scientific community in San Luis Potosí for its archaeological remains.
Las Grutas de la Catedral y del Ángel, are underground caverns situated near Rioverde, although slightly remote from federal highway Route 70. Las Grutas de la Catedral gets its name because the stalactites and stalagmites have formed a veritable cathedral in its interior with a pulpit, a choir and some pews. Recently discovered Gruta del Ángel is located 700 meters from it. Named after stalactites and stalagmites that resemble an angel.
Also nearby attraction is Tamasopo is located on federal highway 70 heading towards Ciudad Valles,S.L.P
Sotano de las Golindrinas: “The Cave of the Swallows” is one of the largest open pit caves in the world, situated on the east side of the Sierra Madre Mountains from Rioverde.
About 15 minutes away from Rio Verde are the towns of El Refugio, La Loma, San Diego and San Martin. In the region they are known for their traditional annual festivities which venerate the local patron saint of each town. San Diego is located between the towns of La Loma and San Martin and in November is the town’s annual festivities are celebrated. The annual festivities of La Loma are celebrated annually each July 4 to 12.
- Ciudad de Rioverde Official website
- tourbymexico.com Places to visit in San Luis Potosi State
- Local Census of 2005 INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática]