Flanked by two big mountain ranges, the state of Zacatecas, with a long mining tradition, offers several attractions, historical as well as natural.
There are also several options when it comes to ecotourism. You can visit, for instance, the beautiful rock formations, of impressive unique shapes, that stand out in the Western Sierra Madre.
You must live through the unique experience of observing nature from a place like this one. The options are plenty: rambling, hiking, rappelling, fishing, hunting, photographing the landscape, camping and so forth. A lot can be done immersed in the nature that characterizes the region.
The Zacatecas population, of deep religious customs, is constantly celebrating its Saints. For this reason, most of the state’s biggest celebrations are linked to these traditions. The food, the parades of allegorical floats, the fancy costumes and the representations of biblical events, overflow with joy throughout the territory all year round. In addition, the mestizo folk tradition can be observed in each corner of the region.
Since the 18th century, the success of the mining activity has turned the state into a wealthy place, an important commercial gateway of intense financial exchange. Consequently, the architecture here was erected to satisfy the needs presented by such a growth. The capital developed in this way a unique and unpredictable style which has now become part of the World Heritage Site, given the abundant number of civil as well as religious buildings it boasts, providing the very particular traits that characterize it.
The long architectural tradition expanded beyond the capital, so that today it is easy to find cities and towns in the state that are rich in examples of colonial, Baroque and Neo-classical styles. Former haciendas, abandoned mines, ghost towns and so forth, are also part of the attraction of this region.
The nature and architecture of this state will always go hand in hand with the fascinating popular art that the locals have to offer. Be it in silver, wood, ceramic or textile, the Zacatecas imagination is manifested in beautiful ways throughout the state.
Climate: Dry to semi-dry and sub-humid, mild
Temperature: 63°F / 17°C annual average
Location: Central northern Mexico
Area: 46,938 sq miles