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Zacatecas is one of the 31 states of Mexico. Zacatecas, Mexico shares its name with its capital and chief center of population, the city of Zacatecas, Zacatecas. The State of Zacatecas is located in the heart of Mexico and its name originates from the Nahuatl language which describes a "place where grass is abundant". Zacatecas is located in the great central plateau of Mexico, with an average elevation of about 7700 feet. Zacatecas Mexico is somewhat mountainous, being traversed in the west by lateral ranges of the Sierra Madre Occidental. The climate is dry and generally healthy, being warm in the valleys and temperate in the mountains. Zacatecas mineral wealth was discovered soon after the conquest, and some of its mines are among the most famous of Mexico, dating from 1546. Zacatecas once produced the highest yield of silver worldwide. Zacatecas is a colonial city, with many sites to explore. Take in the Cathedral, the centerpiece of Zacatecas and one of Mexico's most awesome colonial treasures. It was built between 1707-52, with the exception of its massive bell towers, or head to Cerro de la Bufa, which offers sweeping views of Zacatecas.


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