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In town you can partake of an old tradition called callejoneadas. On Saturday nights, people go strolling and singing with tambourines, drums, and a burro laden with mezcal through the winding streets and callejones (alleyways) of the city.

Zacatecas remains largely neglected by foreign tourists, though it is popular with Mexicans, so the various sights provide little descriptive material in English.

A Ride Up Cerro de la Bufa

To get to the cable car station from the Plaza de Armas, you must climb one of the streets or alleys that lead up the hill that faces the cathedral. But first, glance up to see if the cars are running; if it's windy, they won't be. The first cross-street will be Villalpando or Hierro; go right, and make a left when you get to the Callejón (alley) de García Roja. If you're unaccustomed to the thin air, this is quite a climb. An easier way to get there is to catch bus no. 7, which you can pick up along Juárez, or take a cab. The cable car (tel. 492/922-5694) is operated by the state. The ride up to the Cerro de la Bufa is gorgeous, and the view from La Bufa is best in the late afternoon and early evening, when the sun is low in the sky. The cable car normally runs from 10am to 6pm, with a one-way ticket costing 30 pesos. But recently, it has been running at night from Thursday to Saturday 7pm to midnight, with a one-way ticket costing 44 pesos. And the company has opened a panoramic bar at the top that is quite a pleasant place to have a drink. If you're so inclined, there is a nice pedestrian walkway that leads down the hill and back to the city center.

On Cerro de la Bufa is the Museo de la Toma de Zacatecas, which will be of most interest to Spanish-speaking history buffs. It displays artifacts and enlarged newspaper articles about the capture of Zacatecas by Pancho Villa. This was a decisive battle of La Revolución, and one of Villa's greatest victories. The museum is in need of investment; admission is 20 pesos. Beside the museum is the beautiful church La Capilla de la Virgen del Patrocinio, patroness of Zacatecas. Around the far side of the La Bufa is the Mausoleo de los Hombres Ilustres de Zacatecas, where many of the city's heroes are entombed.

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