Visit this central Mexican state to relax in thermal pools, explore rugged mountains, marvel at intricate stone statues and take in the colorful art in Pachuca.
Hidalgo comprises forested mountains, rivers and waterfalls. History abounds, so visit the state’s archaeological sites, old mining towns and museums after exploring its natural attractions.
Located just north of Mexico City, Hidalgo is an inland state. Start off in its mountainous capital, Pachuca, also known as “the Beautiful Windy City.” Hear the Monumental Clock chime, Mexico’s answer to London’s Big Ben. Take in El Macromural de Pachuca, a hilltop barrio turned into a giant artwork, and admire the 7-million piece mosaic in David Ben-Gurion Park. For an insight into the state's silver mining history, visit the Historic Archive and Museum of Mining.
Take a daytrip to Real del Monte in the mountains above Pachuca. Like the capital, “El Real” was heavily influenced by Cornish miners from 1825 onwards. Many found their final resting place in the Panteón Inglés. Visit the world's first pasty museum, the Museo del Paste, and taste this typical Cornish treat with Mexican spices and sauces.
As one of Mexico’s Pueblo Mágicos, Huasca de Ocampo is rich in history, culture, legends, and architecture. Explore its charming historic city center and sample authentic Mexican gastronomy. Marvel at the volcanic rock stacks and waterfalls that form the town’s Los Prismas Basálticos and see the sculpture-like Peña Del Aire.
Head to the Mezquital Valley, with its cacti and mesquite trees. Visit the 16th-century Catedral de San José in Tula de Allende. At the Tula Archaeological Site, the legendary capital of the Toltec empire, climb a pyramid to admire the towering statues. In the heart of the valley sits the town of Ixmiquilpan. View the Otomí mythology frescos in the Church of San Miguel Archangel and the Diana Fountain in the main square. Take a relaxing dip in the thermal pools of La Gloria Tolantongo Aquatic Park.
Temperatures vary in Hidalgo’s northern lowlands, central sierras and southern highland plateau, making the state a year-round vacation destination. With beautiful haciendas for your accommodations, warm thermal baths and home-cooked Mexican-Cornish cuisine, you will have a heartwarming stay in Hidalgo.