Have you ever been down to the very center of a hill to explore a silver mine? On your next visit to the beautiful city of Zacatecas, don't even consider missing the opportunity. The Eden Mine, located only 10 minutes away from the city's historic center, is one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions – and it's clear to see why. A small train will take you to the heart of this underground site where you can go back in time to find out more about Zacatecas’ rich mining history and about the workers who, at great physical cost, extracted tons of silver.
A tour lead by expert guides will provide you with all imaginable details, stories and legends about La Bufa, which opened in 1586 and closed finally in 1964 after a devastating flood affected the area. The amazing natural structure of El Eden offers a unique learning, cultural and recreational space for all the family. The excellent museum opened its doors in 1975, and it has all the amenities to welcome visitors: suspension bridges, staircases, viewpoints, an access train and special lighting. Likewise, the rock and minerals museum displays a vast collection of the region’s minerals.
Surprisingly, the mine is home to a dance club named “El Malacate", located in the vault where the mineral grinding used to take place. To access this (surely unique) nightclub, you'll need to board a small train and travel about 2,000 feet underground: not one for the fainthearted! Today, Zacatecas continues to be an important mining center. Its territory is home to a vast array of mineral deposits such as kaolin, onyx, quarry and quartz. Its mines still produce silver, lead, gold, copper, zinc and cadmium, though the golden age of the silver industry here has long since come to an end.