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Mining and Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Route

El Oro, Angangueo, Acambay, Atlacomulco, Pachuca

We’ll begin this route in the city of Pachuca, Hidalgo, where a visit to its Reloj Monumental (Monumental Clock), representative of this place, is inevitable. Learn about the history of this city as an important mining center in the Museo de Minería (Mining Museum) and its important role as the birthplace of soccer in the Museo del Futbol (Soccer Museum). Don't leave without trying the delicious pastes.

Continue towards Tula, Hidalgo. This town founded in the 10th century by the son of Mixcóatl, you can visit the Parroquia (Parish) and the old Convento (Convent) of San José located downtown. From there you can go to the Archaeological Zone of Tula, through the Quetzalcóatl Tourist Walkthrough on its suspension bridge. Admire Los Atlantes, 4.6 meter (15 ft) basalt stone giants that represent Quetzalcóatl, you can see them at the top of the Templo El Señor de la Casa de Alba (El Señor de la Casa de Alba Temple). Also visit the Muro de Culebras (Snake Wall), the Palacio Quemado (Burned Palace), the Pirámide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun) and the ball game.

Advance to Jilotepec where the Templo de San Pedro y San Pablo (Temple of San Pedro y San Pablo), dating back to the 16th century, is worth visiting. It is surrounded by rocks, rock formations and forests that are worth admiring.

Stop in the old Otomí town of Acambay. It is a beautiful place of cobbled streets and houses with tile roofs, where the 17th century Parroquia de San Miguel (San Miguel Parrish) stands out. Also unmissable is the Acambay and Aculco Park, surrounded by forest, rocks and streams.

The next stop will be at Atlacomulco, a good place to appreciate the treasures of our country's religious heritage. The Santuario del Señor del Huerto (Señor de los Huertos Sanctuary) stands out, with a beautiful pink quarry facade that shelters ancient altarpieces of great value. You can also admire the Cathedral that attracts attention for its stained glass windows and the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora Guadalupe (Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe), with a facade of Plateresque design.

Then head towards El Oro, located 40 minutes west of Atlacomulco. It is a Mining Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) with unique colonial architecture, in which neoclassical and art nouveau styles are combined, such as the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) and the Teatro Juárez (Juárez Theater); You can also learn more about its history at the Museo de Minería (Mining Museum). Delight in the turkey mole and the ram barbacoa and then try the "chiva" (an aniseed and herb liqueur) as a digestive.

In the state of Michoacán, you will reach Tlalpujahua just 15 minutes from El Oro. Admire the Santuario de Carmen (Sanctuary of Carmen), the Hermanos López Rayón Museum and visit the different ceramic, feather art and pottery workshops. Especially during the Holiday season, here you will find the most beautiful blown glass spheres in all colors, types and designs.

The final destination of the route is the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Angangueo. A spectacular place of houses with tile roofs and cobbled streets that rise and fall, situated on a wooded mountain. In downtown you’ll find the Templo de la Inmaculada Concepción (Temple of the Immaculate Conception), the Iglesia de San Simón (Church of Saint Simon) and the monument to the Miner, since in colonial times large quantities of gold, silver, lead and copper were extracted here. The most important attraction in Angangueo is the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, a protected Natural Wonder and considered a World Heritage Site, which can be explored in the middle of the forest.
We’ll begin this route in the city of Pachuca, Hidalgo, where a visit to its Reloj Monumental (Monumental Clock), representative of this place, is inevitable. Learn about the history of this city as an important mining center in the Museo de Minería (Mining Museum) and its important role as the birthplace of soccer in the Museo del Futbol (Soccer Museum). Don't leave without trying the delicious pastes.

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Continue towards Tula, Hidalgo. This town founded in the 10th century by the son of Mixcóatl, you can visit the Parroquia (Parish) and the old Convento (Convent) of San José located downtown. From there you can go to the Archaeological Zone of Tula, through the Quetzalcóatl Tourist Walkthrough on its suspension bridge. Admire Los Atlantes, 4.6 meter (15 ft) basalt stone giants that represent Quetzalcóatl, you can see them at the top of the Templo El Señor de la Casa de Alba (El Señor de la Casa de Alba Temple). Also visit the Muro de Culebras (Snake Wall), the Palacio Quemado (Burned Palace), the Pirámide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun) and the ball game.

Advance to Jilotepec where the Templo de San Pedro y San Pablo (Temple of San Pedro y San Pablo), dating back to the 16th century, is worth visiting. It is surrounded by rocks, rock formations and forests that are worth admiring.

Stop in the old Otomí town of Acambay. It is a beautiful place of cobbled streets and houses with tile roofs, where the 17th century Parroquia de San Miguel (San Miguel Parrish) stands out. Also unmissable is the Acambay and Aculco Park, surrounded by forest, rocks and streams.

The next stop will be at Atlacomulco, a good place to appreciate the treasures of our country's religious heritage. The Santuario del Señor del Huerto (Señor de los Huertos Sanctuary) stands out, with a beautiful pink quarry facade that shelters ancient altarpieces of great value. You can also admire the Cathedral that attracts attention for its stained glass windows and the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora Guadalupe (Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe), with a facade of Plateresque design.

Then head towards El Oro, located 40 minutes west of Atlacomulco. It is a Mining Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) with unique colonial architecture, in which neoclassical and art nouveau styles are combined, such as the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) and the Teatro Juárez (Juárez Theater); You can also learn more about its history at the Museo de Minería (Mining Museum). Delight in the turkey mole and the ram barbacoa and then try the "chiva" (an aniseed and herb liqueur) as a digestive.

In the state of Michoacán, you will reach Tlalpujahua just 15 minutes from El Oro. Admire the Santuario de Carmen (Sanctuary of Carmen), the Hermanos López Rayón Museum and visit the different ceramic, feather art and pottery workshops. Especially during the Holiday season, here you will find the most beautiful blown glass spheres in all colors, types and designs.

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