Real del Monte, officially Mineral del Monte, is a small town near Pachuca, the capital of the state of Hidalgo (named after the Catholic priest who led the initial independence movement). It’s easily accessible by frequent colectivos ($10) from the centre of Pachuca ($8 collectivo from its coach terminal).
It’s known as a “Little Cornwall”, as it was one of the first places where miners from The Duchy of Cornwall came. Cornish pasties, often with creative fillings, is the specialty food in this area. The restaurant pictured above is hugely popular among the locals, and there is always two long queues – one for sitting, one for takeaways. The pastries are only $15 each and there are like 10 different options to choose from.
As a mining town, its main attraction other than its small historic centre, is the now abandoned Mina de Acosta.
It has now been revitalized as a museum.
The historic centre.
The museum isn’t very big. It houses several buildings, with some tunnels. There is always a guided tour (only in Spanish).
The cathedral. Not that impressive.
The tunnels are not too short, but there’s nothing much to see inside. Although it’s still nice to visit.
Tula is a small town in Hidalgo (named after the priest who started the independence war), reasonably close to the capital.
It was an ancient town (these were the only things left) built by the warrior race Toltec.