About 45 kilometers from a beautiful colonial city Zacatecas
, above on a hill stand unique ruins called La Quemada
(burned city). The history of this place is a big mystery
, the only fact is that it was destroyed in a huge fire. Broken walls of the ancient city (300 to 1200 AD) merge with the nature, dry red soil, stones and small bushes. From distance the ruins are almost invisible. Some believe this place was inhabited by the Aztecs
on their journey and search for what later became their kingdom Tenochtitlán
(in the valley of Mexico).
How to get here:
Take a micro from Zacatecas that goes to Villa Nueva
(Lopez Mateos street, in front of the bank Banorte). They leave every 30 minutes and the journey takes a little more than half an hour. Ask the driver to get you off at the crossroads then follow the narrow street under the hot darn sun for another 30 minutes. Quite a walk, I recommend you take water and some hat.
You can also take a tour, there are few agencies in Zacatecas that organize trips to La Quemada
, sometimes combining them with a visit to a little village Jerez
(a magical God forsaken place). The cost is about 350 pesos. Hostal Villa Colonial sometimes makes trips just to the ruins for 100 pesos.