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El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, also called the Silver Route is stretches to over 2600 kilometers (1615.57 miles) between Mexico City and the American state of Texas. Going back to almost 300 years, the very same route was often used for trade, especially the trade of silver, between the North and South America. The historic mines of cities such as Zacatecas and Guanajuato were of importance in this trail, for this is where the silver came from. As of today, the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, comprising of over 55 smaller sites and 5 other heritage sites are together inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to the fact that the Silver Route was indeed a confluence of social, cultural and religious ideologies between the two continents.
Set on the foothills of Cóporo, the archaeological zone of El Cóporo is situated in San José del Torreón. The excavations found were stretched across the banks of the rivers and valleys adjoining the hill. The natives were devotes of the Sun and Moon. There were silver, semi-precious stones along with other minerals found on the roads leading to this site.
The Zoo León is in León, Guanajuato and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 180 of the 1100 species of animals are found in this large zoo, of which seven are found only here. The raptor cage houses a variety of birds of prey and claims are that it is the largest cage in the world. Another area of the zoo that is interesting is the Children's zoo which has pet animals like macaques and baboons. There are safaris that give visitors an insight to the natural habitat of many different animals of which few can be fed even. The zoo protects some endangered species and visitors are given more information about these species. The zoo also organizes parties and school outings through different packages.
The Historic Centre of Zacatecas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. It is known for its Baroque structures and other cultural gems. These include religious and secular buildings such as Pedro Coronel Museum, Santo Domingo, Plaza de Armas (Principal Plaza), San Augustín, San Juan de Dios, Palacio de la Mala Noche, Calderón Theatre (Teatro Calderon), Mercado Gonzalez Ortega (Gonzalez Market), Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) and the Zacatecas Cathedral.
The city of Zacatecas is the capital of the state of the same name. Also known as 'face of pink stone and heart of silver' it is located to the north of Guanajuato. The city is said to be the hub of some of the finest Mexican art and is abundantly rich in religious architecture. The famous Zacatecas Cathedral is a World Heritage Site and a major attraction. There are number of cultural activities and fests conducted all through the year, with The Festival Cultural de Zacatecas pulling the crowds.
Zacatecas Cathedral is a marvelous structure, dominating Avenida Hidalgo, in the heart of Centro Zacatecas. Seat of the Diocese of Zacatecas, this cathedral is a dedication to Our Lady of the Assumption. Featuring intricate artwork on its central entrance way and side towers, this structure is considered to be a splendid representation of Baroque art in the country. It was built as a church that was consecrated in 1841, and it was awarded the status of a cathedral in 1862 by Pope Pius IX.
The Mina El Eden is situated north of the historic center of the city and was, during its heydays, a major silver mine. It stopped operating as a mine in 1960 and after renovation was added with various facilities such as funicular train, rope bridges, stairs and a special collection of rocks and minerals from the region. Today, the mine is a major tourist attraction of the city.