Around Pachuca

Real del Monte

Real del Monte, a very interesting and attractive small town, is one of a number of mining centres in the area, most of which are no longer operative. Cornish miners came here from England in large numbers in the second quarter of the 19th century. Traces of their presence can still be seen in blue-eyed inhabitants, surnames and, of course, the
(pasties). Most of the buildings have
techos de dos aguas
(sloping roofs) and are carefully preserved. The
Panteón Inglés
(English cemetery) is on a wooded hill opposite the town; the caretaker will recite stories about families buried there.

Parque Nacional El Chico

A very popular excursion from Pachuca is to the Parque Nacional el Chico, just west of Real del Monte. A national park since the 19th century, its mountainous pine-forested slopes are a haven for hikers, bikers, and rock-climbers particularly, with well-scaled towers like La Ventana, the highest point in the reserve. Elsewhere you'll find impressive waterfalls and fishing holes that are often frequented by Mexico City weekenders. At the heart of the park is the pleasant mining village of
Mineral del Chico
, with plentiful hotels and bike rental. Be warned, the high altitude brings cold air in the evenings.

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