Mexico 2018 (part III): Sierra de Catorce

Sierra de Catorce, Mexico:

Real de Catorce

Real de Catorce

After the conference in San Luis Potosi was finished, I joined a field trip towards the north into the Sierra de Catorce.

Silver was found in the mountains of the Sierra de Catorce in the late 18th century and drew thousands of settlers into the region in the following decades. In the late 19th century, the silver mines of the town of Real de Catorce were among the richest of entire Mexico and its population reached 15,000 people. Nevertheless, silver prices plummeted in the early 20th century and the town became deserted. Only recently, tourists rediscovered the old ‘ghost town’ and brought with them some business opportunities. Fortunately, Real de Catorce has not lost its charms with its historic buildings including the beautiful Templo de la Purísima Concepción.

After our days in Real de Catorce, we traveled still a bit further north into Zacatecas, the neighbouring state.

5 responses to “Mexico 2018 (part III): Sierra de Catorce

    • I was really impressed by the beautiful landscape, but also the history and architecture of the town – I think it would be fantastic to have more time and go on a road trip through the region… 🙂 thanks for your comment!! 🙂

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