Travel guide: The seven treasures of Zacatecas


The state of Zacatecas stands out in the Representative List of the Treasures of the World Cultural Heritage, with seven emblematic places, and these tourist places are as follows:

Cathedral in Zacatecas
Cathedral in Zacatecas

1. Basilica Cathedral

Without a doubt, an emblem of the city and its viceroyal past. This temple, faithful representative of the New Spanish Baroque, is one of the most striking buildings in the historic center of Zacatecas.

It features fine pink quarry decorations, a stone characteristic of the mines in the area, and an image of Our Lady of Zacatecas, patron saint of the city. The level of detail of the facade is impressive.

2. Callejoneadas (Alleyways)

The story goes that every Saturday, after collecting the line, the miners met in different places and gave tours in the streets and alleys of the city, accompanied by a good bottle of mezcal and Tambora music. Today, this tradition is preserved in a festive and family atmosphere. Attendees can taste the typical mezcal of Zacatecas while dancing to the rhythm of the typical music of the region.

3. Cerro de la Bufa

Of great importance since before the colonial era, this mountain has been converted into a beautiful tour that covers important periods of our history. This is the emblem of the Zacatecas capital. 

Here you will find a museum dedicated to the Taking of Zacatecas, the Mausoleum of Illustrious Men, a meteorological observatory and, at its top, the Plaza de la Revolución, and the Cable Car.

To end your trip to Zacatecas, what better than a view of the city from the air? Nothing like the cable car. From the heights, enjoy a magnificent view of the city and its surroundings, while you travel comfortably.

4. Scenic lighting of the Historical Center

The historical center of Zacatecas declared World Heritage, is undoubtedly beautiful at any time of the day, but at nightfall, the scenic lighting that has been installed in its streets, endows it with an incomparable romantic atmosphere. The night in the historic center of Zacatecas is spectacular.

5. Santuario de Plateros (Sanctuary of Silversmiths)

Receive about two million visits a year, to venerate the small image of Santo Niño de Atocha. It impresses with its baroque façade and its neoclassical altarpieces, but above all, the multiple walls full of votive offerings that the faithful have been leaving over the years.

6. La Quemada archaeological zone

56 km south of the city of Zacatecas, we find the impressive archaeological ruins of La Quemada, also known as Chicomostoc. Explore its temples and buildings to learn more about our rich pre-Columbian past.

This archaeological zone flourished between the years 500 and 900, it is considered a place of rest during the mythical Mexica pilgrimage.

7. Pedro Coronel Museum

A city with so much history could not help but have important museums. Culture is an essential part of the spirit of Zacatecas. We recommend you to visit an essential one: the Pedro Coronel Museum. 

This space houses the private collection of the oldest of the Coronel brothers, an impressive sample of Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese art, etc. In addition, it protects works of the greatest masters of contemporary plastic arts: Kandinsky, Miró, Dalí Picasso, and a couple of series of engravings by Goya.

And if you have extra time:

Rafael Coronel Museum

It is not a writing error, it is another museum that we will recommend you that has a name very similar to the previous one. In this place, a former 16th-century convent, you will find a collection of Mexican masks, the largest of its kind in the world.

El Edén Mine

Return to the mining past of the region in this unique environment. Experience for yourself what a 17th-century mine looked like, just a few steps from the city center.

But it's more than you can imagine. Inside this abandoned mine, you'll find educational tours, a museum and even a bar - if you've read it right, there's an original club inside where you can enjoy drinks and good music.

By Mexicanist

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