ECOTOURISM AND ADEVENTURE IN ZACATECAS
Ecotourism and Adventure in ZACATECAS
Zacatecas offers a great variety of natural wonders, starting with its sky, famous for being clear most of the time. The land here is a deep red, because of the iron minerals, and the sky is an endless blue.
This fertile land is good for agriculture and livestock as well and its wonderful rock formations, canyons, mines and other natural beauties offer a wide variety of options for the whole family.
Map of Ecotourism and Adventure
Experience Nature, Adventure and Fun
Tips to enjoy the Natural Areas
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
- Double up with hat and sunscreen to keep your skin healthy.
- Bring a couple water bottles, especially in hot weather.
- Contact a tourist guide or a good tour operator to ensure you get the best experience.
- If you are going camping you need warm clothes, because the temperature can change drastically at night.
Los Jales Ecological Park
It is located in Fresnillo and has an area of 29 hectares. In the park you can enjoy a day of kayaking and pedal boating or a mountain bike tour. And if you want adventure and excitement you can climb a 10 m high wall to and upon reaching the top you will zip line over the artificial lake.
Sierra de Órganos National Park
It just 30 km from the Magic Village of Sombrerete and has an area of 1,125 hectares. This attractive area of meadows, woodland and cacti is overlooked by rocky crags with columnar basalt pillars over 80 m high (resembling organ pipes) and numerous precariously- balanced blocks.
It is notable for its biodiversity, the fauna includes, wild cats, raccoons, eagles, wild boars, gray foxes, coyotes and blue birds among other species.
This landscape has been captured in more than 65 national and international films, like John Wayne western movies, The Guns of Navarone and Caveman, among others.
It is a popular area for recreation, including hiking and mountain biking, and for the scenic beauty of its landscapes. The park also offers several large parking areas with camping facilities and comfortable cabins. There are plenty of hiking trails and they are paved with laja or flat rock.
La Ticuata Dam
It is located near the Magical Town of Teúl and is surrounded by forested hills. It is a great place for families where you can hire kayaks, rowing boats or a trajinera (flat-bottomed boat). But if you prefer fishing this is also the right spot, you can take your fresh fish to any of the nearby restaurants to have it cooked.
Sierra de Cardos
Discover this beautiful place very near from Jerez; it is an excellent option for hiking, horseback riding and practice rappelling in its imposing rocky columns emerging from the mountains. There are guides that offer tours with different levels of difficulty.
Located right at the center of Sierra de Cardos is El Manantial Ecotourism Center with cabins that are used for spiritual retreats or to enjoy the natural beauties and practice ecotourism like horseback riding and bird watching.
There are also campgrounds or you can test your adrenaline threshold with the zipline and the impressive hanging bridge.
Sierra de Valparaíso
This is a forest area located in the municipality of the same name, south of Zacatecas in the border with Jalisco and Nayarit. It is great for adventure sports and there are cabins and areas to camp, if you want to stay longer to observe the flora and fauna and photograph the landscape.
For those looking for alternative options, there is an Environmental Management Unit that protects the native environment, offers fishing and hunting expeditions for turkey, deer and wild boar.
Vineyards and Haciendas
Hacienda la Encarnación
It is located in the municipality of Villanueva and was built in 1596. In 1695 the land was for grains and livestock and became one of the most important estates in the region. Today it has become a hotel with thermal waters, spa, and spaces for weddings and events.
Hacienda el Zoyate
It is located in the municipality of Villanueva and was the residence of Antonio Aguilar, an icon of folk music of Mexico. You can visit, requesting authorization to the guard of the mausoleum.
Conos de Santa Mónica
Just 20 km from Zacatecas is the Hacienda de San Juan de Trancoso, and inside the estate are 22 cone-shaped dwellings in convert silos.
They were built in the first half of the 19th century and this landscape began to achieve widespread popularity after the renowned artist Francisco Goitia painted it. Today is a hotel, restaurant and a unique setting for events and weddings.
Campo Real Vineyards
The vineyard is located 27 km south of Zacatecas and with high quality grapes produce award-winning wines. Enjoy a five-star wine experience: learn the process of wine making, traverse a dramatic landscape by bike, train or on foot, and enjoy a tasting of this magnificent wines.
You can visit the Museo de la Barrica, with works by Zacatecan artists. It has beautiful spaces for weddings and events.
Picturesque old mining town located just 15 minutes from Zacatecas. This village with its narrow streets is full of history; you can visit its peculiar pantheon, the baroque Temple of Calvary and the Temple of San Juan Bautista.
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure, ride ATV in flooded mine shaft and tunnels. Don’t miss the chance to listen the witch stories in this mysterious town.las brujas del lugar.
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