ACTOPAN TRAVEL GUIDE
Places to Stay - Click here for price key
The fanciest hotel in town is two-story, motel-like Hotel Quinta Rivera ($$, Calle Lerdo de Tejada #50, Centro, tels. 772/727-1560, 772/727-0772, or toll-free in Mexico 01800/900-0772. Amenities include free parking, restaurant/bar (with room service), game room, laundry service, and a small swimming pool.
Although not glamorous, Hotel Convento ($$, Plaza Juárez #15, Centro, tels. 772/727-0284 or 772/727-0818, www.hotelconvento.com.mx) offers Wi-Fi, cable TV, and parking as well as a central location, restaurant, and a few exercise machines.
Places to Eat - Click here for price key
Eat traditional barbecue, tacos, gorditas, and other types of hot food at the tianguis ($--$$; market) in the center of town near the church of St. Nicholas of Tolentine.
Restaurant Otomí ($$, Calle Lerdo de Tejada #50, Centro, tels. 772/727-1560, or 772/727-0772.
Things to Do & See
Museo del Ex-Convento de San Nicolás (Museum of former Monastery of St. Nicholas of Torentine): Calle Lerdo de Tejada, small entrance fee; closed Monday.
Tianguis: The large, open-air market is held Wednesdays, with a smaller version daily.
How to Get There & Away
Actopan is 37 km (23 miles) northwest of Pachuca on Highway 85.
From Pachuca, buses leave from Terminal Terrestre (Blvd. Rojo Gómez; tel. 771/713-3449) throughout the day.
You can pick up information and maps of Hidalgo State in Pachuca at the Secretary of Tourism (Av. Madero 702, Col. Real de Minas, tel. 771/718-4454 or 771/718-3937) or at the Convention and Visitors Bureau (Av. Revolución 1014, Plaza María Luisa, Col. Periodistas, tel. 771/715-6422). Or look online at www.turismodehidalgo.com (in Spanish only). In Actopan, ask for information at the Palacio Municipal (City Hall).