On the western side of Zacatecas, close to the border with Durango, you’ll find a charming and former mining town known as Sombrerete, a place that holds all the great features of a Pueblo Mágico: colonial treasures, traditional cuisine, natural scenarios and its own magical touch.
Sombrerete was founded in 1555 by a group of Spaniards who discovered large silver deposits, which then led to an important commercial activity back in the day, producing gold, silver, lead, tin and mercury. With time, a rich and picturesque town came to be, that’s still very well-preserved and lies at the foothill of a hill that resembles a sombrero, reason why it was given such name.
Imagen Original: “En el corazón” por AGMEfoto, bajo licencia CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, vía Flickr.
If you’d like to get to know this destination, the following here is a brief list of 6 must-do’s in Sombrerete, Zacatecas.
-Visit the numerous churches; as a place stablished by the Spaniards, they were known to bring everything to the New Spain, including religion, this of course meant that many churches where built and today are still up.
-Tour Sierra de Órganos (“The Organ-Cactus Mountains”). This is a natural and unique attractive in Sombrerete, these are very intriguing vertical natural rock formations that seem fragile and unstable, but are not. These formations are good for climbing and for taking photos.
-Try out “Brujitas”, literally translates as “little witches” but it has nothing to do with such character. These are in fact one of the most famous treats in Sombrerete, they are a type of empanada filled with potato and cheese, beef or beans and are topped with salsa… delicious!
-Learn on Sombrerete’s history at the Villa de Llerena Museum; in here one can find photographs, documents and pieces that have become part of the town’s history and development.
-More on history; visit the archeological site of Altavista that is located close to Sombrerete in the municipality of Chalchihuites and is known as an important settlement of northern Mesoamerica.
-Walk around town and appreciate all its charm, its architecture and peaceful ambiance; enjoy fruit-made ice cream, ranchero bread or a drink a nice cold beer at La Barra, which is known for its really old furniture that has over 110 years old.
Enjoy all of Sombrerete’s magic personality, a town that is a colonial treasure of Mexico, and one of the reasons it is considered one out of the five Pueblos Mágicos of Zacatecas.