Nestled in a deep and narrow ravine, the city of Zacatecas is one infused with contrasts. From high atop the Cerro de la Bufa to the mines of El Edén, the city is wrapped in a turbulent history of battles. The city, originally populated by various indigenous tribes around 10,000 years ago, was established as a mining community after silver was discovered beneath its soil. The mines, which can still be visited today, are tainted with the memories of thousands of enslaved indigenous people, forced to work here. But aside from its dark colonial history, Zacatecas was also the site where the rebels, led by Francisco “Pancho” Villa, defeated government forces in 1914. This defining moment was forever embodied in Villa’s statue, which overlooks Cerro de la Bufa, frozen in a fierce expression, as if ready to charge at any moment.
Today, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and living museum with its structures made of pink quarry stone lining its winding streets. Visitors from all over the world come to see its magnificent colonial and Mexican Churrigueresque architecture, evident in its churches, theaters, and other historical buildings. With festivals that never seem to end, its partying culture is also another reason to visit the vibrant city. From the callejoneadas (walking serenade and folklore tradition) on its streets and alleyways to its underground clubs, music and revelry are a treasured part of the city’s personality.
Zacatecas has plenty of accommodation just as interesting as the city itself. If you ever find yourself wandering its streets and alleys, here are some of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Located within the historic district of the city, this apartment lets guests experience the area’s colonial ambiance and local culture. This small, two-story apartment has one bedroom and simple yet compact interiors, which can accommodate five guests. There is a double bed, which can be accessed on the second floor, two couches, a small kitchen, dining area, and a bathroom. There is also a balcony, where guests can watch the street down below and occasionally move to the beat of Latin music.
Casita en Centro Histórico ZACATECAS
The historic district of Zacatecas offers not only a plethora of sights but also a variety of dining establishments. This modern apartment, located around five minutes from the center, lets guests jump in on the action and, at the same time, get a good night’s sleep. Situated on a quiet and safe street, the spacious one-bedroom apartment is decked out in zany, artsy decor, infused with natural elements.
Up to three guests can make use of the two beds, a bathroom, and a kitchen. If you want to head into other areas of the city, public transport can be easily accessed from the area.
Casa-Apartamento a 5 min centro his
The traditional Mexican way of life can be a unique experience and this guesthouse is sure to enhance your stay in Zacatecas. The spacious house, which lets out four of its rooms, is decked out in colonial decor, that truly evokes the ambiance of an ancestral home. Up to seven guests can make use of two double beds, three single beds, and two private bathrooms.
Although the kitchen is not accessible to guests, the historic district is only around five minutes away if you want to stroll around and get a taste of local cuisine.
La casa de Carlotita
The sights and festivals of Zacatecas are especially great when experienced with friends and staying in one of the most beautiful residential areas in the city can make it ten times better. This new and spacious three-bedroom apartment, located only around five minutes from the center, offers guests a quiet refuge after a night of touring and partying in the city.
Up to eight guests can make use of its six beds, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and free parking on the premises. Guests can also use the electric garage and, if you have a pet, you can bring them along, as well. The large terrace offers a breathtaking view of the city, the perfect backdrop as you chill out or have a barbecue with friends.
Precioso apartamento con excelente ubicacion
This cozy little house is a nice breather from the city bustle. Situated near the lagoon charmingly named the Parque la Encantada, this pet-friendly property offers a private room, which can accommodate up to two people. Guests can make use of one double bed, a private bathroom, and a washer. The city center is only 10 minutes away, so even though the kitchen isn’t accessible, there are plenty of other options downtown.
Cómodo Cuarto Privado cerca delLago
With a wealth of wonders to discover, the city of Zacatecas seems impossible to explore in one day. This centrally located house offers guests the chance to experience the vibrancy of the city, right at their doorstep. The property is located near the cathedral and the Rafael Coronel Museum (mask museum), making it easier to immerse oneself in the local art and culture.
Up to three guests can make use of two single beds, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a washer. There is also a living room and a terrace, where you can take in the enchanting surroundings. If you want to check out the local culinary delights, there are plenty of restaurants a few minutes away.
Private Room 5 min walk from Cathedral (Centric)
Located directly in the city’s historic center, this hostel offers guests a myriad of attractions to explore. Situated near the building are the Museo de la Moneda, Museo Zacatecano, former Temple of St. Augustine and the Edén mine, providing guests the opportunity to discover not only the local culture but the natural landscape, as well.
On the terrace, guests can take in the breathtaking view of the city and surrounding terrain. The hostel’s interiors are infused with colonial elements that are also evident in its facade. There is also no kitchen, but there are numerous dining establishments in the area.
Hostal en Centro Historico de Zacatecas
Located a few steps away from the cathedral and Calderon Theater, this quirky apartment is another way of experiencing local culture. This pet-friendly apartment, decked out in artsy decor, has two bedrooms, which up to five people can occupy. Guests can make use of three beds, a private bathroom, and a TV.
Although it’s not necessarily a luxurious accommodation, this simple apartment is great for no-fuss travelers who prioritize local experience and cultural discovery above all.
Casa del fotógrafo López 1
Situated in the city center, near pretty much everything, this apartment provides guests with much-needed serenity, despite being near so much activity. This simple apartment can accommodate up to two people and has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, which contains one double bed. Outside, there is a terrace where you can take in the fresh air and panoramic views of the city.
Departamento con terraza en el centro de Zacatecas
Cerro de la Bufa is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. This condominium, located right in the historic district, has a terrace, where guests can admire panoramic views of the towering formation as well as the majestic city itself. Other nearby sights to enjoy include the Edén mine, Santo Domingo Temple, Pedro Coronel Museum, the university, and the cathedral.
The condominium is situated on the second floor and can accommodate up to two guests. There is a double bed, couch, living room, kitchenette, and bathroom. Also situated nearby are a great number of restaurants, just in case you want to try the city’s famous gorditas.
Suite Doña Elvia, en Centro Histórico, ZACATECAS
Discover the rich history of Zacatecas
The dynamic city of Zacatecas has plenty to offer beyond its landscape, architecture, and culture. Although it has plenty of interesting accommodation, the best part about it is its own people and local way of life. For your next journey to this colorful city, stay somewhere that enriches your experience, as well as your worldview.