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From Mexico City: Real del Monte, Huasca & Basaltic Prisms

1. From Mexico City: Real del Monte, Huasca & Basaltic Prisms

Escape the hustle and bustle of Mexico City for the day on a full-day tour of the towns of Hidalgo. See the Basaltic Prisms of Santa Maria Regla, explore Huasca de Ocampo's architecture and culture, and visit the mining town of Real del Monte. Your first stop is Real del Monte, a small mining town located at an altitude of 8,900 feet (2,700 m). There you'll have a guided tour of the center of the town, where you'll learn about colonial times and their impressive gastronomy. Enjoy an ample amount of free time to stroll the city's charming streets and, if you want to, sink your teeth into pulque bread, pastes, and plenty of other delicacies famous throughout the area. Enjoy some free time to shop and find some lunch. Then, continue to the Basaltic Prisms of Huasca de Ocampo. Admire the 30-meter tall geometric basalt columns that decorate the walls of the impressive Santa Maria Regla Canyon, where 4 waterfalls feed the San Antonio Regla dam. Here, admire the collection of towering basalt rock columns lining a ravine that was formed by the slow cooling of volcanic lava. Take some time to admire 4 waterfalls crashing down these magnificent rocks. Continue to Huasca de Ocampo, named “Magical Town” (Pueblo Mágico) for its preserved architecture and natural surroundings. At the center, you’ll have time to take pictures, walk around its streets, or buy a souvenir, before beginning the drive back to Mexico City, where your experience ends with drop-off at your starting point.

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What people are saying about Mineral del Monte

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Enjoyable trip with good guide

Went on this tour in Feb 2017. An Amigo Tours bus brought us from Zona Rosa to Centro Historico, where we boarded the actual tour bus. We had to spent 20 min at Centro Historico, waiting for other connecting buses to arrive. First we visited the English cemetery: the local guide there spoke only Spanish, but our bus guide acted as an translator. Next we drove to the Real del Monte main square, where we explored the local church, shops and restaurants. Our next stop was Prismas Basalticos: the waterfalls there are a little crowded in the afternoon, but worth a visit nonetheless. Afterwards, we went on a guided tour of the San Miguel Regla Hacienda, a historic estate, a part of which has now been converted into a hotel. The last stop was the Huasca de Ocampo market, which has many nice shops and restaurants. Our return to Mexico City was delayed by a road closure, but the considerate guide dropped us very close to our hotels, instead of leaving us at the pick-up point.

You can do it

I had booked the excursion because it was supposed to be picked up from the hotel - and I didn't really want to look for any meeting places. One day before the start I received a message that there would be no pick-up from the hotel but pick-up at a meeting point in town. The tour started relatively late, but the places, the English cemetery, the Prisma basaltikos beautiful and the historical part of the hotel Santa Maria regla, was very informative.

informational, great guide and extremely enriching

our guide, Alma, is a very capable bilingual lady who pays attention to everyone in the group. She is very well-versed in her knowledge of all the places we go to and gives everyone substantial free time to roam on our own while balancing it well with the time taken to explain and teach us about the places we visit. :)

We loved every stop we made. Beautiful places! I found why they are called magical.