San Luis, Argentina

San Luis ( de la Punta ) is a town in the region of Cuyo in Argentina, and capital of the province. The city lies at the foot of the Sierras Grandes at an altitude of 762 m on the Río Chorrillos and has 153 322 inhabitants (2001, INDEC ). San Luis is located on the Ruta Nacional 7, the Mendoza (255 km ) to Buenos Aires ( 791 km ) connects. The nearest provincial capital cities are San Juan (323 km) and Córdoba (412 km). The Aéropuerto San Luis is located seven kilometers from the city center and connects the city with Buenos Aires.


Although the official Constitutive Act of the city is lost, it is assumed that San Luis was founded on August 25, 1594 under the name of Nueva Medina de Río Seco, Luis de jufré Loaysa y Meneses. Since the new site was abandoned soon again, was a start-up in 1632 by Martín García de Loyola onez as San Luis de Loyola Nueva Medina de Río Seco. Later, the town was renamed in San Luis de la Punta de los Venados and finally in San Luis. End of the 19th century, the city had 7000 inhabitants, the brisk trade exaggerated.

Because San Luis is located on that part of the Sierras Grandes, the Punta de los Venados is named, the city's residents are commonly referred to as Puntanos.

In 2003, the satellite town of La Punta was 25 km north of the actual city built with the intention of founding the city of the 21st century. This currently about 30,000 inhabitants, settlement houses social housing, a university, a technology park and the new football stadium in the city.


  • Diocese of San Luis


  • Parque de las Naciones
  • Catedral. Built in neo-classical style, Corinthian columns and a double tower.
  • Museo Provincial " Dora Ochoa de Masramon "


San Luis has a continental climate with an annual average temperature of 17 ° C. The average annual rainfall is 542 millimeters.

Significant Events

From 27 September to 16 October 2005 took place in San Luis FIDE World Chess Championship held with eight participants. The winner was Vesselin Topalov.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Roberto Marcelo Levingston, President, 1970-71 ( de facto)
  • Enzo Moyano, cyclist
  • Facundo Quiroga, football player
  • Adolfo Rodriguez Saa, politician and president for a week in December 2001