Things to do in Zacatecas

Zacatecas – Mexico’s northernmost silver city

From its vivid history as a silver mining town to its present metropolitan atmosphere, Zacatecas has remained to be one of the most important cities in Mexico. Holidays in Zacatecas are full of interesting history tours, colorful festival experiences, and exciting visits to the silver mines.


Things to do in Zacatecas

The quaint but urban city of Zacatecas sits at an altitude of 8,100 feet and is the second highest city in Mexico. It is one of the three famous silver mining towns and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Zacatecas Cathedral

The city’s historic downtown is one of the most visited tourist spots in Zacatecas. It is where you can find the Zacatecas Cathedral, a prominent piece of architecture in the city center. The Cathedral was built of pink sandstone and is considered one of the finest examples of Churrigueresque architecture in all of Mexico.


El Eden Mine

You can also tour some of the old mines in and around the city. Of these mines, El Eden is the most popular. It features different rock formations and original underground machinery.


When to go to Zacatecas

Because of its semi-arid climate and high altitude, the average temperature in Zacatecas is cool at 15.7°C (60°F). Most nights are chilly and the days are temperate. The rainiest time of the year is from June through October while the coldest is from January to February.


Festivals  in Zacatecas

If you want to join a festival during your holiday vacation in Zacatecas, plan your visit during Holy Week or in months of August to September. Holy Week in the city sees the famous Festival Cultural de Zacatecas, a musical celebration featuring different genres of music. In August, the Festival Zacatecas del Folclor International is held. It is a religious event and during the festival you can enjoy many events and other fun things to do in Zacatecas like fluvial parades and musical concerts. In September, you can witness The Feria Nacional de Zacatecas, an agricultural and cultural festival that features bullfighting, crafts expo, and livestock exhibitions.



Things to do in Zacatecas

Zacatecas Facts

Population1 514 618
CurrencyMexican Peso
AirportGeneral Leobardo C Ruiz Intl, Mexico (ZCL)

Zacatecas average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Zacatecas - Historic Centre of Zacatecas

As a main centre of silver mining until the 20th century, the city of Zacatecas was a spot of exchange between cultures since it became a European colonial settlement in 1546. This trade can be seen in the architecture of the site such as the convents of San Juan de Dios or the Cathedral, containing mostly Baroque decorations but also certain indigenous ideas and techniques. Due to these historical and artistic facts, the historic centre of Zacatecas is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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