Welcome to San Luis, the capital city of San Luis Province in the Cuyo region of Argentina. This charming city is located at the foot of the Sierras Grandes, along the northern bank of the Chorrillos River, and is set on a dry pampas plateau, around 730 m (2,400 ft) above sea level. San Luis has a humid subtropical climate and it closely borders a semi-arid climate. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are cool and dry, with temperatures falling below 0 °C (32.0 °F) sometimes and snowfalls can occur occasionally. The annual average temperature is 17.4 °C (63.3 °F). San Luis was founded on August 25, 1594, by Luis Jufré de Loaysa y Meneses. The settlement was later abandoned, and was reestablished in 1632 by Martín García Oñez de Loyola as San Luis de Loyola Nueva Medina de Río Seco. By the end of the 19th century, San Luis had 7,000 inhabitants, and in 1882 the Argentine Great Western Railway reached the city on its way to Chile. The following year, work began on the cathedral. The Governors Executive Building, designed in French renaissance architecture, was completed in 1911. The citys population reached 40,000 in 1960, and grew rapidly afterwards, when light industry and growing numbers of retirees began to migrate to the area; at the 2001 census [INDEC], its population was 153,322. Points of interest in the city include the Park of the Nations, the neoclassical cathedral, a number of museums, including the Dora Ochoa De Masramón Provincial Museum, and examples of colonial architecture. A number of landmarks honour the Argentine War of Independence, as well. Independence Park features an equestrian monument to General José de San Martín, liberator of Argentina, Chile and Perú. Nearby Pringles Plaza honours Colonel Juan Pascual Pringles, one of San Martíns chief adjutants and, briefly, Governor of San Luis Province. Fishing in the nearby Lake Potrero de los Funes, and other locations, is also popular. The Sierra de las Quijadas National Park is located 122 km (76 mi) from the city. National Route 7 connects San Luis to Mendoza, 255 km (158 mi) to the west, and Buenos Aires, 791 km (492 mi) to the east. San Luis Airport is located less than 3.2 km (2 mi) north of the city centre, and has regular flights to Buenos Aires. Come and explore the rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering local cuisine of San Luis, Argentina. Book your trip today!