Even though we were mugged (you can read all about it in yesterday evening's post) we still had a good day out exploring that we need to tell you about.
We took the local bus from Guadalupe, and it was about a 10 km (6.2 mile) distance. It costs 5.5 pesos (44 cents) each to ride the local bus. We got off at the plaza and just started wandering around. We had been to Zacatecas before, back in March of 2009. But there were some things we hadn't seen, so we figured we would go into town again.
Ruth, admiring the different masks.
They still have some displays left over from the Dia de los Muertes (Day of the Dead) celebrations that took place on November 2. So we went into some of the municipal buildings to see some of the work.
One of the main streets. Zacatecas centro is a Unesco site so all of the advertising on the businesses on certain streets are only allowed to have black writing on their facade.
The cathedral has a very intricate facade, but the building is undergoing restoration so it was closed. We did speak to someone later who said it would be open at 5:00pm, so maybe that's when the workers leave.
Artwork inside one of the municipal buildings.
This floor display is completely done with different colors of wood shavings!
One of the things we wanted to do was to visit the Rafael Coronel Mask Museum. It's supposed to be really well done, but Alejandra had called them to find out the hours and it was closed on Wednesdays! bad timing on our part, but I guess it will give us something to see if we should ever end up in Zacatecas again. Still, the building that the museum is housed in is a historic structure, so we went to see it anyhow.
The Rafael Coronel Museum.
There are three ways to get to the "La Bufa" lookout. You can take the gondola, but we did that last time we were here. Or you can drive up there. Or, you can hike. So we started the hike up. Had to rest quite a few times, but we were in no rush. made it to the top, and had a gorgeous view of the city.
Ruth. She still has her backpack in this photo, but 45 minutes later she wouldn't!
We wandered around at the top for a while. Then, someone else started wandering around with us. Sure enough, a little doggie started following us. No, we didn't pet him or feed him, although we sure wanted to. he was a cute little guy and we could have easily adopted him. He stayed with us for 15 minutes or so and then ended up following someone else.
Our new friend.
Another view of the Rafael Coronel Museum.
And then we started making our way back down. Then we got mugged, but you already know that from yesterday's post!
Today, we are off to Hacienda Contreras. Not as long of a drive at 386 kms (240 miles), so we should be there mid afternoon. Looking forward to getting back "home"!!