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.
The Aerial Cable Car. An adventure in the heights, to admire a spectacular view from 278 feet above the city in the “Teleferico” (gondola). This is an aerial cable ride located steps from El Eden Mine in El Grillo Mountain, offering a fabulous fly of approximate 7 minutes, over 1235 yards to La Bufa Mountain. During the ride you can see the magnificent colonial facades, streets and alleyways far below that all contributed to this city being on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Bufa Hill. Cerro de La Bufa, meaning ”pig’s bladder”, is a hill with an altitude of 2657 meters and was the site where Pancho Villa fought in the Mexican Revolution War. It features an area called “Plaza de la Revolucion Mexicana” where statues of important generals and officers, who participated in the Mexican Revolution, are located. The hill also has a chapel (Capilla del Patrocinio) where the Virgin Mary is worshipped, and a museum called Toma de Zacatecas, where pieces of artillery, photographs and documents of the Revolution can be seen. Here we’ll also find a Meteorological Observatory and the “Mausoleo de los Hombres Ilustres”, dedicated to famous people from Zacatecas.
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.
Museum of Guadalupe, the oldest in the state of Zacatecas, opened in 1917 and was officially inaugurated in 1938. It takes up most part of the former Colegio de Propaganda Fide de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe that served since the 18th century to early 20th century. Since 2002, each septiembre is venue for the Baroque Festival.
The Museum of Guadalupe was registered in 2010 in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO in the category of Cultural Itinerary as part of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
On 2017, the precinct celebrates its first 100 years of uninterrupted cultural activity.
Silversmith Center Ex Hacienda de Bernardez During the colonial period, the Hacienda de Bernardez served as a center for reducing the ores from some of the most productive mines in the region. Now it is an important school for silver-workers; visitors can observe the entire process of silversmithing, from working the raw material to the final details of finishing and polishing. The Center’s craftsmen are nationally and internationally known for their original and beautiful designs.
• 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
• Silversmith center
• And much more
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