You will come to Zacatecas to see some of Mexico’s finest colonial buildings, including perhaps its most stunning cathedral, all built from the riches of the local silver mines. They cluster along narrow, winding streets at the foot of an impressive rock-topped hill called Cerro de la Bufa. You can ascend the hill by cable car for some great views. Most of the great and rich houses are open to visitors and are definitely worth a nose around.
Founded in 1546 after the discovery of a rich silver lode, Zacatecas reached the height of its prosperity in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was built on the steep slopes of a narrow valley, the town has breathtaking views and there are many old buildings, both religious and civil. The cathedral, built between 1730 and 1760, dominates the centre of the town. It is notable for its harmonious design and the Baroque profusion of its façades, where European and indigenous decorative elements are found side by side.
Quinta Real Zacatecas is architecturally stunning. Where else can you stay in a hotel that incorporates the oldest bull ring in
This magnificent colonial city is a good seven to eight hours drive north of
A stay here provides a number of firsts and a visit down to the caves of a silver mine, 300 ft under the city is something well worth doing.