Zacatecas

Zacatecas, photo by JorgeLM
Zacatecas (photo by JorgeLM)
 

Zacatecas is the capital and largest city of the state of Zacatecas, located in the north-central part of the country.

The city started as a Spanish mining camp in the mid-16th century, the wealth from which turned Zacatecas into one of the most important cities in New Spain.

The city’s historic center is a World Heritage Site as a result of Baroque and other structures built during its mining heyday. Mining remains an important part of the region’s unique cultural landscape today.

Zacatecas lies at the foot of the Cerro de la Bufa, a mountain that was one of the greatest silver mines in the world and can now be visited on foot or by cable car.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   World Heritage Site
   Rough Guide

 

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Don Miguel

Located in Zacatecas’ Universitaria district, Don Miguel features an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a restaurant. It offers free Wi-Fi. All spacious rooms, suites and apartments at Don Miguel have simple décor, air conditioning and a flat-screen... Average score from 223 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$37 - $82

 
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Quinta Real Zacatecas

Built around a restored 19th century bullfighting ring in the heart of the picturesque colonial city of Zacatecas, this luxury hotel offers elegant accommodations in a warm and historic atmosphere. Average score from 173 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$135 - $330

 
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Hotel Meson de Jobito

Meson de Jobito offers elegant accommodation in the centre of Zacatecas, just 450 metres from the city’s Plaza de Armas. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are both available. Average score from 149 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$78 - $98

 
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Hotel Casa Santa Lucia

Hotel Casa Santa Lucia has a roof terrace with fantastic views of Zacatecas Cathedral, located just 100 metres away. This restored 16th-century building offers charming rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Average score from 105 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$36 - $56

 
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City Express Zacatecas

Situated 10 minutes’ drive from the historic centre of Zacatecas, this modern hotel offers free transportation to any destination within a 10 km radius. It includes a gym, free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast. Average score from 195 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$43 - $54

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hotel Reyna Soledad

Hotel Reyna Soledad

Just 100 metres from Zacatecas Cathedral, Hotel Reyna Soledad is a 17th-century colonial building with traditional central courtyards. Its bright rooms offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV and views of the courtyards or street. Average score from 108 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$38 - $65

 
$388.5
Hotel Providencia

Hotel Providencia

Hotel Providencia is located in the main avenue of the Zacatecas historic centre UNESCO World Heritage site. As a converted 19th century building, the hotel maintains original architecture with a courtyard and has free WiFi. Average score from 115 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$44 - $80

 
$448.5
Meson de la Merced

Meson de la Merced

Located in Zacateca’s old town and 10 minutes’ walk from its cathedral, El Meson de la Merced features a restaurant and rooms with free Wi-Fi. It offers free parking and a 24-hour reception. Average score from 281 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$36 - $57

 
$368.4
City Express Zacatecas

City Express Zacatecas

Situated 10 minutes’ drive from the historic centre of Zacatecas, this modern hotel offers free transportation to any destination within a 10 km radius. It includes a gym, free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast. Average score from 195 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$43 - $54

 
$438.3
Don Miguel

Don Miguel

Located in Zacatecas’ Universitaria district, Don Miguel features an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a restaurant. It offers free Wi-Fi. All spacious rooms, suites and apartments at Don Miguel have simple décor, air conditioning and a flat-screen... Average score from 223 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$37 - $82

 
$378.1
Mision Argento Zacatecas

Mision Argento Zacatecas

This hotel is located in historic downtown Zacatecas, Mexico. The hotel offers city views, an on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking. Mision Argento Zacatecas features flat-screen TVs with cable channels in every guest room. Average score from 325 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$43 - $71

 
$437.9
Casa Real Zacatecas

Casa Real Zacatecas

Offering a restaurant, Casa Real Zacatecas is located in Zacatecas. Located 8 km from the city centre, it features an on-site bar, free WiFi and 24-hour reception. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$36

$367.6
Hotel Parador

Hotel Parador

Featuring free Wi-Fi and private parking, an extensive garden and a spa & wellness centre, Hotel Parador is 1 km from Zacatecas Main Square and 2 km from the Zacatecas Museum. Average score from 39 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$38 - $40

 
$387.4
Motel Zacatecas Courts

Motel Zacatecas Courts

Motel Zacatecas Courts is located 5 minutes’ drive from Zacatecas Main Square and its Cathedral. Revolution Square is 10-minute drive away. It features free Wi-Fi and free parking. Average score from 121 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$43 - $41

 
$437.3
Hotel Casa Santa Lucia

Hotel Casa Santa Lucia

Hotel Casa Santa Lucia has a roof terrace with fantastic views of Zacatecas Cathedral, located just 100 metres away. This restored 16th-century building offers charming rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Average score from 105 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$36 - $56

 
$367.2
El Hotelito

El Hotelito

Offering its guests with complimentary breakfast, El Hotelito is only 8 minutes’ drive from central Zacatecas, where guests will be able to find different types of restaurants and visit Zacatecas Cathedral. Average score from 37 guest reviews: 6.6/10.

$40 - $72

 
$406.6

Highlights:

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Zacatecas conserves many of its original structures from the colonial period such as churches, colonial government buildings and monasteries and mansions built by rich miners in pink stone.

Like other mining cities in Mexico, such as Guanajuato and Taxco, the city was built near the mines on very rough terrain. Instead of having an orderly plan of streets, the Spanish settlement followed the old Indian neighborhoods with narrow streets and alleys squeezed into a large ravine or "cañada."
Combination
Unique Cultures

Historic and Modern Mining

Around the city are the Brittany hills or small mountains that contain silver and other minerals such as the Cerro de la Virgin, Cerro de Clerigos, Cerro del Grillo, Cerro del Padre and Cerro de la Bufa. These hills are starkly barren of vegetation, due to the semi-desert climate.
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