Situated in central Mexico with a temperate climate, Hidalgo has many natural areas and towns with an impressive cultural heritage. In this state, you can visit Real del Monte, an old mining town that has picturesque houses and buildings with red tile roofs (Part of the Tourism Secretariat’s Magical Towns of Mexico program), and some old mines like the Mina de Acosta, where they are still extracting small quantities of precious metals.
In the surrounding areas, you’ll find the town of Huasca de Ocampo, which is near former mining haciendas San Miguel and Santa Maria Regla. These haciendas have been converted into luxurious hotels. During your stay there you can visit the Prismas Basalticos,
the Capilla de la Virgen Negra, the San Antonio Dam and El Chico Natural Park, which has recreational areas where you can go camping and rock climbing.
In the city of Pachuca, the state capital, you can check out Baroque and neoclassic buildings, such as the Capilla de Nuestra Señora de la Luz and the Ex-Convent of San Francisco, which currently houses one of Latin America’s most important photo collections. Many of the shots are images of the Mexican Revolution.
In western Hidalgo (known for its excellent cuisine), you can try the region’s famous pastes and baked barbacoa. There you can also visit the Tula archaeological site, one of ancient Mexico’s most important ceremonial centers. At the ruins you’ll see figures called atlantes, 4-meter (15-foot) sculptures which are considered important symbols of the state of Hidalgo.
Tolantongo is a box canyon and resort located 17 kilometres from Ixmiquilpan on Route 27 in the Mezquital Valley, State of Hidalgo in Mexico, It is about 1.5 hours northeast of Pachuca and 198 km or three-to-four hours northeast of Mexico City.