International Folklore Festival. For eight days, the streets of the Mexican city of Zacatecas fill up with dance groups from all over the world.
The Zacatecas folklore dance festival is a feast promoting peace, diversity and human creativity.
The event is listed under the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts which is an official partner of UNESCO.
With the participation of 20 different countries and 10 Mexican states, this festival offers varied representations of culture and traditions in dance, crafts and cuisine.
Zacatecas is a city of enormous beauty and unabashed Mexican pride. This fabled silver city is a detour into history no visitor will regret. At 8,100 feet above sea level (making it Mexico’s second highest city), Zacatecas will quite literally take your breath away. The city’s stunning architecture includes many religious and civil buildings from the colonial era. Since its establishment as a mining camp in the 16th century, Zacatecas has long been valued for its rich deposits of silver and other minerals. Several features set Zacatecas apart from its colonial sister cities. First, its setting: the city is nestled in a ravine between two imposing hills, Cerro de La Bufa and Cerro del Grillo. Its narrow cobblestone streets and pedestrian alleyways wind upward past manicured parks and colonial buildings built from soft pink and peach-colored stone.
Rafael Coronel Museum – Mask Museum- located in the former San Francisco Convent, displays an interesting collection of Mexican folk art, based in the main exhibit called “The Face of Mexico” which consists of more than five thousand Mexican masks. This museum also exhibits a part of the colorful collection of puppets from the Rosette Aranda Company, an interesting exhibition of pre-Columbian pots and vases, various drawings, sketches and architectural projects of Diego Rivera’s, terracotta figurines from colonial Mexico, and other pieces from varying pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary times.
El Eden Mine stands out not only because of its grandeur but also because it offers an educational cultural and recreational area. The mine was reopened in 1975 as a tourist attraction, after being remodeled with hanging rope bridges, stairs, a funicular train, special lighting, a section where you can see a mining demonstration, as well as a museum where a beautiful collection of rocks and minerals from the region are displayed. The entertaining stories and legends told by your tour guide are not to be missed, along with the innovative El Malacate Discotheque, which is located in a vault that was once used to grind the minerals and is now a state of the art nightclub. Access to the discotheque is via a small train through La Esperanza Cavern, a tunnel 656 yards long.
Pancho Villa in Zacatecas On June 1914, the city of Zacatecas became the center of national attention when Pancho Villa and his Dorados stormed the city to clash with Federal forces commanded by General Medina Barró¡. The battle, known as La Toma de Zacatecas (The Taking of Zacatecas), was the largest and bloodiest of the revolution.
After the decisive battle, the federales were unable to recover. The path to Mexico City—and ultimate victory—was clear for Villa and the revolutionaries.
• Tour guide
• Escorted tours
• Entrance fees
• Historical center
• Rafael Coronel museum
• Bufa hill
• Cable car
• Fernando Calderon Theatre
• Eden mine
• Zacatecas cathedral
• Government palace
• Guadalupe museum
• And much more
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