After I arrived in Zacatecas, Mexico a week ago to attend Feira de Turismo Cultural Mexico, 2015, my Facebook update read:
I have been transported in to a dream world.
One of Mexico's 50 Magic Towns, the Historic Center of Zacatecas in Central Mexico has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Founded in 1546, it prospered after silver and gold were discovered in the area.
In Zacatecas groups can still explore the El Eden mine, which was once one of the world's few mines producing silver, gold and copper.
With cobblestone streets that have been preserved as they were when the city was first laid out and magnificent architecture dating back to the 16th century BC, it's a captivating setting. In Zacatecas, there are parks, gardens, fountains, and plazas. Cable car rides provide panoramic views of the city against the backdrop of Sierra de Organos. The view is also magnificent from Cerro de la Bufa honoring Pancho Villa, Panfilo Natera and Felipe Angeles, heroes of the Mexican Revolution.
Zacatecas has a thriving arts scene. There are over 20 art galleries and museums including the The Pedro Coronel Museum with treasures from every corner of the globe.
The streets and alleys are regularly filled with music from Mariachi and Callejoneada (processions of roving bands). On special occasions, visitors can look forward to folkloric dancing in the Plaza de Armas, concerts in city squares, and performances by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Zacatecas at the Plaza Goitia or the Calderon Theater.
For large meeting and conferences, Palacio de Convenciones Zacatecas has 5,000 square meters of function and exhibition space.
Places to stay in Zacatecas include Meson de Jobito, a unique 4 Star hotel complex on a site that dates back to 1700. The 31 rooms are laid out like a small village.
Quinta Real Zacatecas, the former site of a plaza de toros for bull fighting.
For more help in planning your trip, consult the Cvent Zacatecas, Mexico Meeting Planning Guide.
Photo Credit: Anne Thornley-Brown, Executive Oasis International