Mining ancestral village surrounded by energy, nestled between mountains arid desert steppe vegetation and a dry climate. Treasury Altiplano Potosi, founded in 1778 under the name of Real de Minas in which they lived large groups of miners with their families.
Real de Catorce is ideal for providing an enigmatic meeting and into an adventure of pleasure and relaxation.
Silence, energy, culture and mysticism are the mixture of sensations available to visitors. Discover every corner of this picturesque place will certainly be a unique experience; that will seal the heart with the purest mineral.
Places of interest:
The best example of a mine looks like tunneled; measured 2.3 km long and today acts as a single entry to Real de Catorce. It was built during the Porfiriato by Vicente Irizar Arostegui, originally from Ogarrio, Spain. Every year on April 2 marks the Ogarrio Festival, commemoration of the official opening of the tunnel.
Named by the villagers themselves in the course of the years, perhaps for two main reasons; first, because from the village are observed at certain times of year, colonnades moisture that appeared supernatural events, however, these colonnades were issued by the shots, responding to pressure differences between the interior and exterior shots, covering much of the facility; and the other one consequence of abandoning the place, resulting in large buildings that years ago were in better shape, being all desert, and that these old buildings are imposed on the environment, housing a very heavy atmosphere, the villagers chose to identify as spooky.
Coin House (Cultural Center of Real de Catorce)
Built in 1863 for the purpose of coinage for the Mexican state, it has recently been remodeled and is now a cultural center, the scene of arts and promotion of culture. It has an interesting permanent exhibition of coins from Mexico; in its route you can also visit the gallery exhibiting old photographs of Real de Catorce.
Mystic quarry amphitheater, first site of entertainment for the residents of Real de Catorce; currently it used as the setting for cockfighting and multiple artistic activities such as the Desert Festival, held annually in early June.
Built in the mid-nineteenth century, the ring of the arena is made entirely of stone. We recommend admire from here the landscape of the stunning Sierra de Catorce.
Church of the Immaculate Conception
Original neoclassical building of 1793, a clear example of the bonanza that lived as Real de Catorce mining town. Inside the statue of St. Francis of Assisi (unpublished San Francisco for presenting to sitting), miraculous figure each October 4 attracts thousands of fervent requests to request favors and exhibits. The floor is made of mesquite wood pallets in the region. We recommend you visit the hall of votive offerings, where thousands of testimonies of the miracles performed by Saint Francis of Assisi is.
Social and economic center of the village, here the different groups of people, some to sell their crafts, others simply to admire the sunset and the other to offer their services, as the fourteenth grooms who provide tours to Pueblo Fantasma, to meet Hacienda La Purisima, the old mines and the sacred path of Wirikuta, among others.
Cemetery and Chapel of Our Virgin of Guadalupe.
Covered cemetery tombstones from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century; Here the Franciscans built the chapel of the Virgin of Guadalupe in order to ensure the graves of the dead. The interior of the chapel preserves original paintings of the nineteenth century and several crypts of important people of the village. The locals celebrate their dead in November with a silent ritual that leaves the energy flow on its acoustic rock.
The Natural Protected Area of Wirikuta part of the Chihuahuan Desert (one of the three major desert areas of the world) and is the only ecological, historical and cultural reserve of Mexico, as within its 140.212 hectares is the Cerro del Quemado , final destination of the journey that each year the Huichol undertake here, from Jalisco and Nayarit. On the surface they can be found many species of shrubs and cacti such as peyote, a plant sacred value for these Indians, who use their hallucinogenic to contact their gods properties.