Zacatecas’ Cable Car

The only thing more delightful than wending one’s way through the byways of Mexico’s colonial Zacatecas, is to sail above it in the only teleférico cable car in the world that traverses an entire city.

The effect is heady, since this once highly prosperous silver-mining city is already perched at 8,200 feet above sea level: Is it the altitude or views of the pictur­esque jumble of Baroque monuments below and the encircling hills beyond?

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By the 18th century, the mines of Zacatecas had made it one of the New World’s richest cities. The city’s former wealth is reflected in both the ubiqui­tous use of pink quarry stone, called cantera rosa, and the extravagantly decorated cathe­dral, one of Mexico’s most outstanding Baroque buildings, whose silhouette monopolizes the view.

Source: MSP.

 

 

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