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Our plane flew into Zacatecas in the midst of rainfall. The airport had one runway surrounded by red unpaved dirt, the smallest baggage claim I’d ever seen, and the most charming people I’d ever met. You may not be blown away by your first impression of Zacatecas, but once you make your way into the city and experience it, you find it has much more to offer than you expected.

From nightly “tequila marches” to weekly band performances, the city loves to have fun and entertain. Its museums are also a must-see, many displaying pieces from the Mexican Revolution. The architecture around Zacatecas is art itself — beautiful arches, elaborate cathedrals and flat-roofed adobe houses scattered across hillsides.

Though the hike to the top of Cerro de la Bufa may sound unappealing, the view at the top is well worth it. If hiking’s not for you, a tramway runs over the city that takes you to same view.

Zacatecas is a beautiful city rich in history, and it’s well worth visiting on your next trip to Mexico.

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