Zacatecas Travel Guide

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Zacatecas Things to Do

  • Museo Zacatecano

    Retablo heaven and Huichol art: PART ONEAn extensive collection of 19th century retablos, a popular form of devotional art. These are small and were usually found in private residences. Unstable times (Reform laws of 1810, for example) and acts of repression against religious authorities contributed to the need for people to worship at home, and to...

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  • Mask heavan

    Museo Rafael CoronelThe largest collection of masks I have ever seen. Be prepared. You begin slowly admiring the different exhibits, by the time youy finish you are walking through rooms in a daze. I was not prepared for the quantity and quality. Chief among the things I found interesting were the masks associated with the Dance of the Christians...

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  • MUSEO DE LA TOMA DE ZACATECAS

    'Toma' means the taking or capture and in this case has to do with the epic 11-day battle in which the forces of Francisco Villa - decisively defeated federal forces - 12000 strong - of General Victoriano Huerta. The battle also brought about an open break between Villa and Venustiano Carranza, the other main warlord in the North fighting against...

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  • Check Out Some Contemporary Art

    Located just a block from the cathedral, Museo Pedro Coronel is a peaceful, pleasant stop on your tour of Zacatecas. Entrance is a total steal at 20 pesos ($2 USD/CAD), and your ticket gives you access to an eclectic collection of art, focusing on contemporary works but veering into everything from Yoruba masks to golden statues of Buddha. Amongst...

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  • Visit a Pink Church

    Basilica Fatima's pink spires tower above Zacatecas, and it's worth the short walk to see the beautiful pink church up close. Although the chuch is only a few decades old, the colors are magnificent and the stained glass windows are beautiful. It's a great place to take photos, so don't forget your camera!

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  • See a Free Mural

    Casa de la Moneda used to be Zacatecas' mint (the place where they make the money). Today, it is mainly administrative offices (and it was under construction when I visited), but the entrance staircase does feature a large mural by Antonio Pinto Rodríguez showing the history of money in Mexico. As it's free, you may just want to pop your head in as...

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  • Chill on a Hill

    Zacatecas is already a million metres above sea level (okay, maybe only a hundred thousand...) , so what better way to spend a few hours than going even higher? Rising above the city to the east is Cerro de la Bufa, a hill that can be accessed by hike (it ain't no lovely stoll), vehicle or cable car (called the teleferico). On top you'll find the...

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  • Descend (Sort of) Into the Mine!

    Mina el Eden is located inside Cerro del Grillo, just to the west of Zacateca's city center. The easiest (and nicest) way to get there is to follow along the Alameda, then walk up the stairs of the hospital and around the building to the left. There, at the end of Calle de la Loma, you'll find the main entrance. Here, buy a ticket, take a hairnet,...

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  • Take In an Amazing View

    For the first two days that I spent in Zacatecas, the cable car was not running due to high winds. On my third and final day I woke up early and headed to the cable car immediately, knowing it was my last chance to take in the view that would surely be spectacular. I was not disappointed! I walked up to the lower entrance on Cerro del Grillo (which...

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Zacatecas Restaurants

  • A most when visiting Zacatecas

    I found out that this is really the only authentic Zacatecan cuisine with fare prizes and original recipes from the 1600 & 1700 grate service and a really nice location in downtown Zacatecas. The tortilla soup is to die for as well as a main dish call (asado de bodas) wedding stew just grate

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  • Nice Atmosphere, Good Food

    Surprisingly, La Cantera Musical was not recommended in my guidebook. Located just below the Mercado Gonzales Ortega, it is a beautiful restaurant full of dark wood and warm lighting, with musicians regularly strolling through the restaurant serenading you with songs (for a good tip, of course). The service is fast and friendly, and the food...

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  • Nice fonda style food.

    I have tried El Recoveco in both of their locations, near Alameda in downtown Zacatecas and in front of the main placita in Guadalupe. Both are good locations. One is good if you are walking in downtown and you are done with gorditas and tamales. The second place is a good stop for those visiting the Museo of Guadalupe and want to take a break and...

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  • Gorditas - The Pride of Zacatecas

    You can't turn around in Zacatecas without seeing at least one vendor of gorditas. Gorditas are sort of like slightly-thick tortillas (usually made from corn) that are stuffed with any number of different ingredients. Gorditas Dona Julia is THE place to go for gorditas in Zacatecas, with three different locations right in the city center. I went to...

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  • Old-School Breakfasts

    Although Acropolis serves food all day, it is best known is a timeless choice for a hearty (okay, greasy) Mexican breakfast. In contrast to the beautiful gold mirrors, shiny cappucino maker and mirrored walls, your food will come slapped on a plastic plate that is placed on top of a paper placemat featuring a heartfelt testimonial from a customer...

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  • Aguas Frescas - Yum!

    La Unica Cabana is a popular taco restaurant, but we stopped by just for their famous aguas frescas (pureed fruit run through a strainer and mixed with water). I'd heard they had agua di chia (yes, like Chia Pets), but mysteriously they weren't carrying that flavour when we visited! Instead, I had a glass of their horchata (yum!) and my friend had...

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Zacatecas Nightlife

  • Fun, Chic and Cool

    I went to a disco/nightclub/hot spot called "La Mina" which is located inside of a mine.Great people watching. Drinks, Hot dog cart ... and great atmosphere. Look GOOD.

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  • Callejoneada

    The Callejoneada is a tradition of Zacatecas and consist of walking all arround the city with a group band named "Tambora" and with a donkey carring big bottles of "Mezcal" (drink very similar to the tequila).The tambora play traditional songs and stop in some of the plazas to let people dance and drink mezcal. Then they go walking again. This way...

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  • Talk & Relax Night

    Night at Zacatecas is very calm. The bars close very early, so the best you can do is choose one good bar, with good music to drink and talk with the people you travel with. The bar at the Quinta Real Hotel is a good option as the "Mama Ines" bar. They have live music, good drink and great appetizers.

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Zacatecas Shopping

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    by euzkadi Written Aug 7, 2007

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    Inside the Eden Mine, there´s an interesting shop if you´re interested in minerals, rocks and precious stones.

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Zacatecas Local Customs

  • Attend the Annual Cultural Festival

    Every year Zacatecas plays host to a huge cultural festival that includes big-name concerts, local musical artists, theatre, film, lectures and other cultural activities. Admission to most of the events (including the major concerts) is free. This year, I saw Gloria Gaynor perform, and the next night I had a front-row seat for Dulce Pontes'...

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  • Sombreros

    Here, in the hot in the middle of the desert, it is where the typcial Mexican "Sombrero" is really worn by quite a few people, especially by the Rancheros (Mexican cowboys)!

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Zacatecas Warnings and Dangers

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    by lucyguajardo Written Sep 22, 2002

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    "Tunas" is the fruit of some cactus named Nopales, and is one of the traditonal fruits from Zacatecas. They are delicius, very juicy and sweet but some stomachs are not prepare for that kind of food coz the seeds. So i recommend that if you want to tray them first just eat one or two. If everything is ok, next time you can eat more.

    Nopales with tunas

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Zacatecas Off The Beaten Path

  • Goitia Museum of Art

    Its not at all "off the beaten path" but, it is NOT popular. I was able to roam the galleries alone and really feel as if I was in someone's private home. Its thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Rodeo

    We were taken on a rodeo by some locals. It was fun and it´s definately something really Mexican (a lot different from American rodeos). If you are interested in seing a rodeo you´ll have to find out when they are. But as far as I know they are quite frequent.

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  • Mausoleo

    Visiting the top of the bufa is great, you can see all the city from there, you can buy souvenirs, you can eat there, too.But also if you go a little bit more high you will see the mausoleo from some important people of the city.

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Zacatecas Sports & Outdoors

  • Walking / Hiking

    If walking around the (partly pretty hilly) city center is not enogh for you, you can hike the surrounding mountains, like the Cerro de la Bufa!

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  • Hiking the Bufa

    If you want to do some sport, you can choose visit the bufa by hiking instead going by car.The bufa is one icon of the city. Is a mountain were you can have an excelent sightsee of the city.

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Zacatecas Favorites

  • Cerro de la Bufa

    The "Pig's Bladder Mountain" is the most famous montain of Zacatecas. You can get up top by Swiss cable car. Don't miss it, unless you are afraid of hights! (It's quite high above the ground).

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  • Mina del Eden

    The "Mina del Eden" is a long and deep mine that tourist can visit. In the tour you can learn about the old techniques of the minery.

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  • Viva Mexico, Viva Zacatecas

    Celebrating the Mexican Independecy Day at Zacatecas is one of the funniest thing i ever did at Zacatecas. I go to Zacatecas frecuently but September 15,16 and 17 is very different...a lot of people and a big celebration.

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