Sunday, February 03, 2013

Pachuca

Pachuca is the capital of the state of Hidalgo and a former mining town. We arrived after a pleasant bus ride from Tlaxcala, and a convenient combi ride to downtown, and snagged a room at Hotel Casablanca overlooking Plaza Independencia and its famous clock tower (El Reloj).

Day One we day-tripped to San Miguel Regla (forgettable), then Huasca (skipable), then Mineral Del Monte, a colorful former mining town, now a tourist town with things to see and do. See the photos below.

Day Two we day-tripped out to Mineral del Chico and hiked about 6 kilometers in the hills around the town to Los Monjas and Mirador Peña del Cuervo; then walked south with El Club de Exploraciones de México another 6 kms Pueblo Nuevo; then a combi back to town.

We liked Pachuca: good day trips, good food, and many interesting places to wander around in the city center.

El Reloj (The Clock Tower) dominates Plaza Independencia in Pachuca.
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

View from our hotel room to plaza and clock tower.
Pachuca, Mexico

And El Reloj at sunrise.
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

Mineral del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico.
Mineral Del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico

The church in Mineral Del Monte has one tower in Spanish style and one in English style as many miners cane to MdM in the 1860's to work the mines.
Mineral Del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico

The church in Mineral del Monte decked out for a celebration of the 15th birthdays of local young women; that is, those born in 1998.
Mineral Del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico

The very cool 1950's Miner's Monument in Mineral del Monte with the Mercado behind.
Mineral Del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico

Back in Pachuca, folks are getting ready for Candlemas and the blessing of their Nino Dios which marks the end of Christmas.
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

Fav pastry shop in Pachuca.
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

MTB'ers in Mineral del Chico with Los Monjas in the background.
Mineral del Chico - Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

Hiking up to Mirador Peña del Cuervo, just outside Mineral del Chico.
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

View of Los Monjas (left) and Mineral del chico (center) from Mirador Peña del Cuervo.
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

Pena del Cuerva, Hidalgo, Mexico

Super Soya!
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

3 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

Funny. Google quibbles about your "in Pachuca" instead of "en Pachuca". Whatever, clock tower at night is quite a sight.

Anonymous said...

Great pics guys. Food looks yummy. Makes me want to travel. Mexico is beautiful. Safe travels. Dave and MB

john said...

Thanks D&MB. See y'all soon!