❖ Visit the Panteón Museo Dolores
Dolores Cemetery Museum is one of the oldest cemeteries in Zacatecas, in use since the first half of the 19th century. Just as the sun is about to set might be a good time to visit, to observe its detailed pieces of funerary art.
Once you have passed through the entrance pathway, lined by Cyprus trees, all you will see are graves, crypts, porticos, mausoleums and sarcophaguses. The pink quarry stone crosses and sculptures stand immobile, cut into their intricate shapes by the artisans who crafted them.
❖ Wander Through the Jardín Hidalgo
In 1910 a bust of the priest Hidalgo was placed here to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of Mexican Independence, and this is where the garden got its name.
This is another space that is treasured by the people of Jerez. This is where they come to play domino or spend the day under the shade of the orange and jacaranda trees, surrounded by friendly conversation. It is located where the Barrio de San Miguel once stood.
❖ Try the Raspanieves
To the north of the garden, under the 19th-century Portal Inguanzo, you will find the El Paraíso ice-cream shop, where you must try the famous raspanieves. Made with ice-cream, chipped ice and a drizzle of jam, this is almost an obligatory stop before leaving the Jardín Rafael Páez.
Just before entering the garden you will find the famous sorbet cart “La Ermita”, another opportunity to savor the delicious raspanieve. It consists of a big glass with two scoops of vanilla ice-cream in it, as well as chipped ice in the middle, and strawberry or guava jam dripping all the way through it.