Any city is better admired from high above, and Zacatecas is no exception. The Cerro de la Bufa (Bufa Hill), with an altitude of 8,770 feet above sea level, provides an unmatched view of the city and its surrounding area. But you'll find even more excuses get to the top: besides the views afforded of the landscape, visitors can admire several points of interest such as museums, a chapel, an observatory, a cable railway and a collection of commemorative statues. On the esplanade of the Cerro de la Bufa, you'll come across the Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio (Our Lady of the Patronage) chapel, whose construction began in 1548 and was completed two centuries later. There are also a handful of historically important sites to bear in mind: one of these is the Mausoleum, located on the side of the hill’s crest, where the remains of prominent people from Zacatecas – such as musicians, composers, educators and campaigners – are laid to rest.
The La Toma de Zacatecas Museum opened its doors in 1984 to commemorate the revolutionary battle that took place in 1914, during the civil war called Revolucion Mexicana. Its halls exhibit fascinating items from the times, such as clothing and battle arms, a 1906 plan displaying the urban layout of Zacatecas at the time of Independence, expanded copies of newspapers and photographs, artillery items, and documents and furniture that will recreate for you the environment of the revolutionary era. In front of the museum, you'll find the Mexican Revolution Plaza, an open space dedicated to the heroes of the battle for independence. Three imposing bronze sculptures cast their shadows over the square, representing the Mexican Generals Pancho Villa, Panfilo Natera and Felipe Angeles respectively.
One attraction that is not to be missed is the cable railway, operating daily since 1979: it connects the hill to the city in a bracing eight minute ride and offers a spectacular panoramic view on the way down. There are two stations where you can board the railway – one on the lower section of El Cerro del Grillo (Grillo Hill), and the other at the north-western end of the Cerro de la Bufa.