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Sombrerete

To carry in the heart

Although the climate in Sombrerete is cool most of the year, the winter months can be very cold because of the altitude of the place. However, its attractions begin with the ease to reach this municipality, located northwest of the state of Zacatecas.

The area had pre-Hispanic settlements that undoubtedly were the prelude to the great development of the region, in the surroundings of the town there are cave paintings and archaeological sites.

Its curious name seems to have arisen at the time of the Colony, when a group of Spaniards, seeing their emblematic hill, compared it with the shape of their hats. The abundance of minerals, such as gold, silver, mercury and tin, boosted the great splendor that it had during that time.

When Independence was consummated, and because of its economic enhancement, Sombrerete was elevated to the status of a city and, for a year, it was the capital of the state.

Undoubtedly, today is one of the most important agricultural regions of the region and the entire Mexican Republic. His diverse commercial activities have placed him in a preponderant place.

Its enormous architectural wealth is reflected in its magnificent temples and its admirable buildings of well-worked quarry.

The basis of its exquisite cuisine is meat, mainly kid, but you can also look for pozole, menudo, stuffed gorditas, burritos, mining enchiladas or the traditional "brujitas", as well as corn empanadas fried in oil. Just thinking about so many options opens your appetite!

Visit the Chapel of La Candelaria or the Convent of San Mateo, with its famous temple of San Francisco. And enjoy how on the way you will find smaller churches, but of great beauty, such as San Pedro or Santa Rosa.

The currently Sombrerete is a reflection of people accustomed to the preservation of their values ​​and their great cultural heritage. Let yourself be captivated by their magic, which they say that once known, always guarantees a return.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Candlemas Chapel Dedicated to a sacred image made in Sevilla, Spain, and brought here by the conquistador Juan de Tolosa in 1556.
  • Saint Dominic Temple It features a baroque style that has been well preserved.
  • Saint John the Baptist Temple Built in the seventeenth century, this temple houses many paintings of great artistic value.
  • Public Parks Both Zaragoza and Constitution are the most popular in this Magic Town.
  • Villa Llerena Municipal Museum Full of interesting objects, such as the machinery of the first clock of the local parish.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Foundation Day It takes on June 6th each year to celebrate this main event with a week of cultural activities.
  • Candlemas Festivity It takes place on February 1st – 9th each year, and this is the most important festivity of this Magic Town.
  • Festivities of La Noria de San Pantaleon Celebrated on July 27th with religious activities, serenades and public feasts.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Brujitas Pasties stuffed with shreds of beef, potatoes with cheese or beans.
  • Paper Tacos Very thin tortillas fried in lard stuffed with different stews.
  • Birria Goat meat slowly baked in its own juice or consommé seasoned with chili, and it is served with tortillas.
  • Tamales Corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with corn leaves or banana leaves to be steamed. Don´t read it, just try it!
  • Milk candies
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • According to some researchers, the Chalchihuites was the main pre-Hispanic indigenous group that inhabited this area.
  • On June 6th, 1555, conquistador Juan de Tolosa established the first Spanish settlement in this area.
  • On September 24th , 1824, this village was recognized officially as a town.
  • La Campana (The Bell) was the first local newspaper and it began to circulate in 1867, when the French Intervention was over.

Popular Craft

  • Pottery and ceramics
  • Leather goods and handicrafts
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