Day Three: Zacatecas, Plateros, and Villa Insurgentes

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : March 12, 2006

We were awaken by the kids at 7AM. They were at the door telling us to wake up because everyone was getting ready to leave. We got dressed quickly. There wasn’t time for a shower. Everyone was ready to get out and see more of the city. We went into the market, where we got ‘liquado,’ a sort of Mexican breakfast smoothie. I had a strawberry one.

We started walking around the city. Just like clockwork, the men riding donkeys began to appear around the city selling agua miel. Agua miel is a sweet tasting liquid made from the maguey plant. The nephews climbed on the donkey and I snapped some shots.

After, the kids got donuts. I got a gordita. Then we took taxis to the top of La Bufa. Took pics of Pancho Villa again. Looks different this time. They cut out some of the maguey plants from last time.

There was a stiff wind. Everyone was cold except me–Minnesota Boy. The cool breeze felt good. I got quite a few photos. Here are a few:

There were some Huichol natives selling jewelry and trinkets on the path down to the teleferico (gondola). They must always be here… they were here in 2004 too.

We took the teleferico down from La Bufa.

Then we walked down the rest of the way. Along the way we got some Barrilitos. It’s a beer made by Corona, but tastes very different from regular Corona. I think it’s my new favorite beer. Anyway, I like the twisted streets and inclines of Zacatecas. It reminds me of San Francisco, dressed like Spain.

We stopped at the mine. Joe, Dalila, the kids, and Miguel took the tour. The rest of us stayed behind because we had taken the tour in 2004. It was Miguel’s second time. He said there were new things in the tour. Oh well. The outside had a new wall sculpture, and a lot of the entrance had been redesigned. Business must be good!

We walked down from the mines back into the city. There are a lot of interesting features of architecture and city layout. Empty lots in places, and dug-outs in others.

We found a pizza place on the way back. It was ok. Not as good as ol’ USA pizza but close enough. Then we went back to the hotel and started packing. We had to check out from the hotel. Everyone else came back shortly after us. We packed up and left Zacatecas city around 2:30PM.

Along the way we saw a Corona plant. Mmm…

We stopped at a town called Plateros. This is supposedly where Santo Niño de Atocha appeared for the first time on the hilltop. A temple was built there. There are a lot of saints in the Hispanic world. For us jueros that aren’t familiar, Santo Niño de Atocha is the saint referenced by the character Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite, in his class president speech from the movie. People bring locks of hair, prosthetic limbs, along with prayers or letters declaring the ‘miracles’ that the Santo Niño de Atocha brought them. I wasn’t in the spiritual mood, so I failed to take a picture of the incredible masses of prayers and personal articles nailed to the walls of the temple. Even for the non-religious, it is interesting to say the least.

We drove on towards Jen’s hometown of Villa Insurgentes (formerly Calabazal).

Along the way we stopped at Atotolnilco for my favorite gorditas in the entire world. I ate four. I told the woman at our favorite stand, that hers are the best. It’s true! Then we continued on towards Villa Insurgentes. Somewhere in between I snapped this pic of sunset:

We arrived at Villa Insurgentes at 7PM. We unpacked the car, Jen’s aunt Maria on Miguel’s side came over. She’s from Mexico City. It was the first time I had met her.

Jen’s Mom sent us to get groceries but all the stores were closed. Along the way Dalila ran into a childhood friend and she stayed talking to her while we continued on in search of a grocery store that was open. Jen stopped some girls and asked them which store was open. It was one on the other side of town.

On the way we passed Jen’s aunt Sanjuana and didn’t even see her. She stopped us, and we said hello and chatted for a bit. We finally found an open store, and Jen started gathering the items. Some guy outside the shop freaked out and started talking to me. He was super surprised to see a white guy in the town. Funny.

On the way back to the house we found Miguel and stopped at Jen’s uncle Juan’s & Sanjuanas. We drank lots of Barrilitos, and talked for over an hour. Jen had left to bring the groceries back, because her Mom Chona had put beans on but was missing some ingredients. Beans are of the utmost importance! :)

Joe, Dalila, Miguel and I stayed drinking beer for a while at Juan’s. We finally left and came back to the house. Miguel is happy and keeps handing out beers. He seems really happy to be home. Jen’s aunt Prieta was there. We all talked for a while. I got tired, so we went to bed. I fell asleep right away.

Comments (14)

  1. teodoro said on 07-02-2007

    Hey this is cool, i am from el calabazal and i miss al the good food and the good beer. I hope i go this year to el calabazal or to Sierra de Organos.

  2. claribel said on 22-02-2007


  3. yesenia said on 12-10-2007

    Hey that’s really nice to find some information about people in my town. I’m from a small town called El Ojo De Agua, and I go there a lot like 2 or 3 times a year.

  4. Maura Barrientos said on 14-04-2009

    WOW, I go to this plac every year, sometimes more than once! i was exited to find anything on this towns, becaure every time i look for something of it i never find anything of it. Villa Insurgentes and Ojo de Agua.

  5. chon salas said on 19-04-2009

    Hey Im from el calabazal ihavent been there in a while but I miss my little town iuse to go to the secundaria there hopefully ill be there soon

  6. Maura Barrientos said on 20-04-2009

    by d way, if any of d people that wrote comments want to contact me (and talk about how much we miss our villa insurgentes & Ojo de agua area jajajaja…)my email is jeje

  7. Noe Serrano said on 26-10-2009

    That is exactly it… A small town paradise ,oh and Sanjuana ….she is my uncles neighbor . That is my hometown also .I like to go up to CRISTO REY and overlook all of el calabasal and ojo de agua.

  8. E.v.R. said on 01-11-2009

    Photos are back. Sorry guys, haven’t been updating the site in a while.

  9. Gerardo Saucedo said on 24-09-2010

    Hey! Im also from Villa Insurgentes..I miss my town too. Email me y vamos!

  10. nancy ibarra said on 25-11-2010

    hey i want to know who wrote this because all the names match my family over at el calabazal…!!

  11. Elvia said on 16-11-2011

    I love Villa Insurgentes. My parents are from there. I miss it so very much!

  12. Mayra said on 04-05-2012

    My mother’s family is from el calabazal. My grandfather left calabazal but all his Salas family stayed. I actual have pictures of that church.

  13. victor said on 11-07-2012

    My family is from El CALA.last time I was their was in “89”.its been a long time.loved it then I’m shuts ill love it even more as an adult.I have family my moms maden name is Serrano my dads is Cortez.anyone can e-mail me at