One more ring
Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
51Trip End Mar 27, 2010
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Zacatecas is at approximate 8000 ft above sea level very near the Tropic of Cancer. Even in January, the climate is pleasant (for us Canadians… the locals are wearing touques.) It was home to one of the largest silver mines of all time. The Mina El Eden (as in the garden of plenty) was hand dug by native slaves and produced 1/3 of the world's silver. It is no longer in operation but is now an excellent museum. We took the tour underground which was well worth the 300pesos. The other people on our tour were from Bowen Island. There is a disco IN the mine and get this… it even gets excellent cell phone reception!
We also took the teleferico which connects two hills in the city. The more southerly one is the site of Pancho Villa’s victory battle for the Revolution in 1914.
According to tripadvisor, the #1 attraction in town is the Raphael Coronel Museum which we also visited. I more enjoyed the setting of the museum than the items on display. It is housed in an old convent partly in ruins with beautiful lansdcaping. And I would disagree with tripadvisor on this one… the El Eden Mine was a far more interesting attraction.
Driving in Zacatecas’ centro is not unlike many cities; they do love their one-way street in Mexico. But just outside of the centro and away from the newest infrastructure the streets can be ridiculously steep. I made a tight turn (3-point turn) off of a steep street and Keara asked, "Will this van roll over if it’s too steep?"
Finally it was time to do some ring shopping. I’ve added another ring to my “Around the World in 80 Rings” collection. Silver is very affordable so I came in under budget… guess I’ll have to get another one somewhere along the way.
So far, I’ve been very happy with the planning/itinerary that I outlined for this trip. The one thing however that cannot so easily be planned ahead is meals