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Real del Monte, Hidalgo

Before even getting to Real del Monte, the Western Sierra Madre had already seduced us from the highway with its cactuses and conifers all nestled among soaring canyons and peaks. The town itself brings us colors from another era: 18th-century buildings, old mines, archways, fountains, red-tile roofs, and displays where silver artisanry shines. In the culinary realm, the aromas of pulque (an alcoholic drink made from maguey sap) bread, nata (Mexican-style cream) bread, cocoles (another traditional bread), sweet tamales, and of course, pastes (Mexican-style empanadas), all overwhelm the senses.

How to Get There

Real del Monte, Hidalgo

From Mexico City catch the Mexico-Pachuca Highway. Before getting to Pachuca, follow the signs for Corredor de la Montaña. You'll get to a tunnel, but don't go through it: instead take the road to the right. Distance chart: To Mexico City – 103 km; To Pachuca – 12 km; To Huasca de Ocampo – 16 km