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Feb 2, 2018 - Zacatecas

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Mexico chapter Northern Central Highlands has to say about Zacatecas: The most northern of Mexico’s fabled silver cities, fascinating Zacatecas – a Unesco World Heritage site – runs along a narrow valley. The large historic center is jam-packed with opulent colonial buildings, a stupendous cathedral, magnificent museums and steep, winding streets and alleys. The city has a legacy of historical highs and lows: it was here that Pancho Villa defeated a stronghold of soldiers. Here,...

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Feb 11, 2011 - Zacatecas, Mexico

Today we left Mexico City and headed north to the city of Zacatecas. As we were on the north side of the city and wanted to go further north, we went to the north side bus station. For once we did not have to go to the other side of Mexico City to get a bus. The north side bus station is only a short drive from the place we were staying. We got one of the luxury buses like the one we took to Acapulco. These are great buses. They have only threes seats per row. The seats are big and comfortable with lots of leg room. They even have a leg...

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Dec 6, 2010 - Zacatecas

Nach 4 Taegn Aufenthalt ist dies der letzte Tag in Zacatecas (2400m). Eine wunderschoene Stadt im Kolonialstil mit einer Altstadt das man glaubt man ist in Europa! Die Seilbahn zum "La Bufa" rauf war nicht so wahnsinnig toll, die Minenfuehrung war ganz interessant und das Highlight am Samstag Abend war wohl der Besuch im Nachtclub "La Mina", ein Nachtclub untertags den man nur durch einen 300 Meter langen Stollen erreicht. Eintritt ist zwar teuer, aber es war ein netter Abend. In Zacatecas wimmelt es gerade von deutschen Studenten die...

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Dec 15, 2009 - A Cold Day In Zacatecas

Zacatecas in actually close to 8,100’ in elevation and at this time of year the nights are very cold. I expect it dropped to under 5 deg C last night and with no heat in the room it was pretty dam cold. When I pulled in yesterday the sun was shining and it was pretty nice, somewhere above 15 deg C. This morning there was no sun and the temperature barely rose all day. It reached perhaps 10 deg C. I got out and did some sight seeing and at one point the sun did come out from behind the clouds briefly but it was not enough to warm things up...

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Dec 14, 2009 - Rincon de Romos, Aguascalientes to Zacatecas, Zacatecas

It got quite cold last night (+2 or 3 C) and these concrete walled hotels do not have heat. They do however have wonderfully thick blankets (a specialty of Aguascalientes) so it was not to bad. Once the sun came out it rose to about 15 deg C, a lot colder than I have grown accustom to over the past few weeks. I returned to Asiento and did some exploring along the way at the Monastary and an abandon mine. The town is interesting as well and worth the detour. After exploring I headed towards Zacatecas. Along the way I stopped and at a...

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Oct 19, 2009 - Zacatecas

Just returned from an amazing weekend with Lulu and Phil. We travelled to Zacatecas which is around 8 hours north of Colima, ‘central’ to the three of us! I got to see a lot of Mexico on the coach, and couldn’t believe how green it is. After two long coaches, I was so happy to meet the others at the bus station. We went to our hostel which turned out to be in an amazing location and had a nice rooftop terrace for only about £6 a nite. And to top it off a bottle of Sol there was only 45p! So cheap beers on the rooftop overlooking the city,...

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Mar 25, 2009 - Zacatecas

Wednesday March 25…11:30pm We actually had a pretty good sleep parked at the Pemex gas station. We were expecting it to be a bit noisy because of the trucks that use their engine break on the hill going into town, but it wasn’t too bad at all. We drove to the La Quemada ruins which are just off the road to Zacatecas. We spent a couple of hours there wandering around. There were a couple of busloads of schoolchildren there, but otherwise it was pretty quiet. It was about 1:30pm when we arrived in Zacatecas. They are doing some road...

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Mar 21, 2009 - Winding Up

Saturday is a bit of a unstructured day. Linda planned to go silver shopping with Judy. I helped a member of our group go into town to buy a car battery, as his tow car battery has died. Sam's Club was out of batteries, so we found an Auto Zone. They had it, and we headed for the checkout counter. We were met by a man who spoke flawless mid-western English. It turned out he had lived in Chicago for about 12 years. He requested a phone number for the warranty, and when supplied with the Canadian phone number the computer came up with the...

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Mar 20, 2009 - A Poor Tour, with Great Sights

Our tour was to have started at 9:30 am. At 10 am the guide arrived. We found out that the silver mine tour, one of the listed highlights, had been removed from the tour. Our first stop was at El Bufa. This is the high ground about town, where there is a monument to some of the heroes of the Mexican Independence, a small church, and a cable car. Our guide had no information to offer about the heroes, a bit about the church, then off to ride the cable car. This trip took us about 600 meters across the top of the city to another hill side....

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Mar 19, 2009 - To Zacatecas

Today was a fairly routine drive. We wandered north, back over some of the road we had traveled in search of pottery. We even came to an intersection called "Pottery Row" where about a dozen merchants were offering a dazzling array of glazed stuff. Of course we had to get some more. Then lunch along the road. From there the road got more interesting. First, it was very narrow with a drop off on the right (no shoulder) and semi trucks coming at us. Then, after the road improved it headed up hill. Zacatecas is at about 8000 feet, so we had to...

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Feb 15, 2009 - Zacatecas

Zacatecas Yesterday, we mentioned that we hoped to get tickets for the Tango event in Guanajuato … we did! Kind of. Our wonderful guide, Marco, tried unsuccessfully to get tickets. So he started a vigil at 6pm hoping to snag a pair. Of course, there were others there and a frenzy of hopefuls. Just before 8pm we managed to get one ticket. Marco suggested that we enter with the one and pretend to have lost the other. We were both apprehensive, but it worked. We were allowed entry and told to wait on the side. They then turned a blind eye and...

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Oct 30, 2008 - Durango, Durango to Zacatecas, Zacetecas

The ride from Durango to Zacatecas today was through the high plain known as the antiplano which ranges from about 6,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation. It is mainly flat with straight roads but the condition of the road seemed to change from fair to poor quickly which keeps you on your toes. There are some major potholes on some Mexican roads. At Sombrerete we saw a girls soccer game under way and watched for a time. The typical local soccer fields we have seen in Mexico so far are dirt rather than grass, which must be difficult to play on. We...

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