Archeological sites, National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, Protected Natural Areas and “magical towns” in the Pueblos Mágicos program come together in the state of Hidalgo. It owes much of its charm to its long mining traditions and boasts spas built around hot springs, stunning heights and deep valleys.
For visitors the territory can be divided into corridors offering different varieties of entertainment, culture and adventure, providing a long list of Hidalgo’s diverse enchantments.
The mountain corridor, which takes in the former mining estates of Real del Monte and Huasca de Ocampo as well as traditional sites like Metzquititlán, Mineral del Chico and Atotonilco, is outstanding for its beauty and the adventures on offer. The mountain ranges of the Sierra Madre Oriental and the Trans-Mexico Volcanic Belt present different opportunities to get up close to nature: rappelling, climbing, canoeing, sport fishing, parapenting, zip line, hot-air ballooning and much more.
The bathing resort corridor visits several sites with hot springs with waters ranging from 100ºF to 176ºF, dotted all around the state, which is also home to three caves of great beauty, most notably Tolantongo, where a freshwater spring also emerges.
The other tourist corridors in the state include the Haciendas (Estates), with buildings from the 16th-19th centuries that were dedicated to metal or pulque production; the Tolteca corridor links up the state’s archeological sites, such as Tula, and two further corridors cover the natural beauty of the state and the activities to be enjoyed in the mountains.
The state is also home to several groups of Indigenous peoples. The Otomi, Nahua and Tepehua are the most widespread ethnic groups, and give a unique touch to local customs.
Entertainment and cultural attractions in Hidalgo also include archeological zones and historical buildings such as monasteries, museums and aqueducts. Once you have seen all these there is no better way to end a visit to Hidalgo than with a delicious meal based on the local diet: ximbo, chinicuiles (red maguey worm), gusanos de maguey (white maguey worm), escamoles (ants’ eggs), mixiote, barbacoa (slow-cooked goat meat) and its famous pastes (Cornish-style pasties).
Climate: Dry and semi-dry to temperate sub-humid
Temperature: 61°F / 16°C annual average
Location: Central Mexico
Area: 8,049 sq miles
Capital: Pachuca de Soto