After spending some time in Guanajuato we chilled for a few days in León before hopping on a bus to Zacatecas. It was a cold and long bus ride but it was worth it.
Zacatecas is the capital of the state of Zacatecas, located in north-central Mexico. It’s famous for the beautiful architecture and mines.
Zacatecas is an old city that became really important during the 16th century in Nueva España because it provided the Spanish crown with a significant amount of silver. The area has seeing some historical battles, the most famous one is the Battle of Zacatecas during the Mexican Revolution.
The colonial part of the city is a World Heritage Site, due to the Baroque and other structures built during its mining days. Mining still is an important industry for the city.
We arrived really early in the morning and headed to the place of our lovely Couchsurfing host: Lore. She was amazing recommending all kinds of places to eat and visit.
After leaving our stuff at the house we headed to the city center and had a delicious mexican breakfast. With a full stomach we started exploring the city and booked a tour for the afternoon to see the main city attractions. (Please do not do that!! We made a huge mistake! The tour was not expensive but it was boring and very slow, the tour guide was annoying and kept repeating the same facts all the time. You can do the same tour on your own in half of the time and just paying for the entrance to the attractions.)
Our first stop was the Cathedral and let me tell you it was a great way to start the day. The baroque details in the facade are something worth admiring. They contrast with the inside, the cathedral’s altar is very modern but somehow everything matches perfectly.
We then headed to Museo Rafael Coronel. This is my favorite place in Zacatecas and every time I visit I like to go there.
It’s an old convent with beautiful architecture and gardens, while walking through its halls you can feel some kind of peace and magic, you can tell the place has so much history and secrets to tell.
This is an art museum and you can find art everywhere, even while walking in the gardens.
It’s famous for the exhibition of thousands of masques from all over the world. Some very cool, some very creepy.
The view from the second floor are pretty amazing too, so we naturally had to stop for some photos.
Even though we made that bad decision booking the tour we had fun and decided to enjoy our time in Zacatecas.
We visited the Edén mine and got to see how they extracted silver in the old days.
We took the funicular to the Cerro de la Bufa and enjoyed awesome views from the city.
It rained while we were in the Cerro de la Bufa but we got to witness a nice rainbow before making our way back to the city center.
After the tour we had the most amazing, delicious and perfect enchiladas I have ever tried. They’re kinda of a local place so not a lot of people know about them, it’s a very small place and the it has no name but if you want to enjoy some delicious local food in the form of enchiladas let me know and I’ll tell you where they are located.
We went out that night and had some beers with Lore, our host, and one of her friends. Then we went to bed ready for the next day.
The next morning we didn’t have a lot of time before taking our bus but we still got to see the old city aqueduct, an old bull ring that’s now a hotel and a rare representation of neo gothic architecture in the city: the Church of Our Lady of Fátima.
Zacatecas is a beautiful city often overlooked by travelers but it’s worth stopping by for a few days. If you want to know the real Mexico, this is a must.
Have you been to Zacatecas? Did you like it?