The city of Sombrerete is located in the western region of the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, and is considered the second most beautiful city in the state, right behind Zacatecas City. Founded sometime in the 1550’s, shortly after the discovery of its plentiful silver mines, it gets its name from an adjacent sombrero-shaped mound, resembling the Spanish three-cornered hat, which was very popular at that time.
It’s a city known for its magnificent 16th – 18th century architecture as well as its legendary, rich deposits of silver. It is said that, due to the nearly over-abundance of silver in the area, it was discovered entirely by accident when early explorers found molten silver sizzling in the dwindling embers of their campfire!
This charming colonial city is not a typical tourist town, but a “stop-over” town where you can take a respite from traveling through the desert on your way to other travel destinations. There are many nice, quiet towns in Mexico where you can take a day or two to refresh your mind and spirit, and Sombrerete is one of those places.
It’s actually one of those places that you won’t want to miss. It’s a quiet, lovely, quaint, city, with superb restaurants and hotels. And beginning with its expansive historical center, it is brimming with some of the most opulent colonial architecture in Zacatecas.
The city caters to its visitors with warm hospitality and is proud to suggest that you consider visiting these magnificent attractions:
- Visit the city’s plethora of stunning16th -18th century churches and temples, such as the "Tercera Orden" Church – the only church in Mexico built in Renaissance-style.
- Tour the Municipal Museum
- Take a day-trip to Sierra de Organos National Park, aka Valley of the Giants, where you can take a picnic lunch, hike the dry sandy valleys, and enjoy beautiful waterfalls. An interesting side note is that the famous American actor, John Wayne, who had completed several movies here and enjoyed the area so much, donated several picnic tables and barbecue grills so that others would also enjoy this spectacular scenery.
- Explore the nearby Alta Vista archaeological site at Chalchihuites; it was a ceremonial center, and some of its structures are considered to have had astronomical significance.
Sombrerete is simply a lovely place to idle away your time, relaxing in colonial splendor, picnicking at the national park, or exploring ancient civilizations. If you’re in the area, definitely stop in!