Visit Real de Catorce

Real de Catorce , San Luis Potosí

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Your first experience will be passing through the Ogarrio Tunnel, a passage that connects to Real de Catorce. Its climate, the humidity and rock formations will give you an idea of the hard work miners had to endure. The 1.5-mile-long tunnel was built at the end of the 19th century and now connects Real de Catorce to the world.

Stone streets, adobe-style houses and viceregal buildings all tell the story of the silver boom that Real de Catorce experienced more than 100 years ago. The city is also famous for its many legends which are due to Real de Catorce's proximity to Wirikuta, the sacred place of the Huichol, one of Mexico’s indigenous groups.

Built in what was the Plaza del Carbon, the Currency House opened in 1863. In this historic brick and adobe building, bronze coins called cuartillas were minted. Tour all three levels and its many exhibitions featuring coins, cartoneria -papier-mâché sculptures-, photographs, paintings and Huichol art. 

The Plaza Hidalgo is one of the places you must visit. In its center, there is a wrought-iron kiosk that replaced a fountain in 1928. Enjoy the market La Vendimia while listening to the tambora (drum) and take part in a good dance session.


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