Zacatecas City (Zacatecas)

STEP INTO THE LIGHT: The cityscape of Zacatecas (PhotoDisc)

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, Zacatecas is one of the prettiest colonial towns in Mexico, with winding cobblestone roads, wide plazas with historical markers, colonial-style buildings made with pink sandstone, and a cathedral that’s one of the best examples of baroque architecture in the country. Silver mining—Zacatecas was once the largest silver-producing city in the world—funded the town's architectural beauties and civic pride has helped maintain them. Zacatecas also is one of the highest cities in Mexico; at 8,200 feet, don't be surprised if you get easily winded as you explore town.

Inside Tip: For the best photo ops, take a ride on the Teleférico. Running from Cerro del Grillo to Cerro de la Buffa, it's the only cable car in the world to cross an entire city (US$2, operates daily).

Liza Prado and Gary Chandler are the authors of numerous guidebooks to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, including Yucatán Peninsula and Cancún & Cozumel , both published by Moon Handbooks.



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