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San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Sights

Cerro de la Bufa

  • Military Site

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Pancho Villa's definitive battle against dictator Victoriano Huerta occurred on this rugged hill, now a city landmark, in June 1914. The spacious Plaza de la Revolución, paved with three shades of pink Zacatecas stone, is crowned with three huge equestrian statues of Villa and two other heroes, Felipe Angeles and Panfilo Natera. You can have your photo taken dressed up like Pancho Villa (complete with antique rifle) and a soldadera companion with outfits supplied by an

enterprising young man. A walk up to the observatory gets you the best view of Zacatecas. Also on-site is the Sanctuario de la Virgen de Patrocinio, a chapel dedicated to the city's patron.

At the top of the hill isthe Museo de la Toma de Zacatecas, which has 10 rooms of historic objects such as guns, newspapers, furniture, and clothing from the days of Pancho Villa. 492/922–8066. $2. Daily 10–5.

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If driving, follow Av. Hidalgo north from town to Av. Juan de Tolosa; turn right and continue until you come to a fountain; take right off retorno (crossover) onto Calle Mexicapan, which leads to Carretera Panorámica. Turn right to signposted Carretera La Bufa, which leads to top of hill, Zacatecas, 98000, Mexico



Sight Details:

  • $2
  • Daily 10–5


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