San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Sights

Cerro de la Bufa

  • Carretera La Bufa Map It
  • Zacatecas
  • Military Site

Published 01/25/2016

Fodor's Review

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 huge statues of Mexican heroes. You can ride a zip line (MX$200 per person, or MX$300 for two) or have your photo taken dressed up like Pancho Villa (complete with antique rifle) and a soldadera (female soldier) 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, and the Museo de la Toma de Zacatecas, which has a separate admission charge. Some folks take a cab up and the cable car back down to the city; others enjoy taking the cable car up to the site and walking back down.

Sight Information


Carretera La Bufa, Zacatecas, Zacatecas, 98000, Mexico

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Sight Details:

  • Free; cable car MX$50, zip line from MX$200
  • Daily 10–5

Published 01/25/2016


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