REAL DEL MONTE TRAVEL GUIDE
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Recommended by the State Tourism folks and right in the heart of town, Hotel Real del Monte ($$, Ave. Hidalgo #55, tel. 771/797-1203) offers cable TV, room safe, and heaters. There’s free Wi-Fi in the lobby only. No restaurant on the premises but plenty right in the vicinity. There’s inexpensive overnight parking at an adjacent lot.
Hotel Real de la Plata ($$, Calle Vicente Guerrero #35, Barrio La Gotera, tel. 771/797-1279) offers cable TV, king beds, parking, and a restaurant.
Modern-ish “cabins” at Villa Alpina El Chalet ($$, Carretera Pachuca—Real del Monte Km. 9.5, Colonia Casas Quemadas, tel. 771/797-0077, www.villaalpinaelchalet.com) have fireplace ($ for wood) in each small living room. The restaurant, which offers room service, specializes in regional cuisine, including lots of dishes you’ve never laid eyes on.
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No visit to this town is complete without sampling one (or more!) of the delicious, flaky turnovers that are the legacy of British miners. The most popular spot in town is Pastes El Portal ($, Portal del Comercio #2), so you can bet the sweet or savory pies are fresh from the oven.
Restaurante Real del Monte ($$$, Ave. Hidalgo #55, tel. 771/797-0996, www.restauranterealdelmonte.com) serves typical regional dishes and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Things to Do & See
Museo de Sitio, Mina de Acosta: Domicilio Conocido, tel. 771/715-0976, closed Monday, otherwise open 10 to 6; www.distritominero.com.mx.
Museo de Medicina Laboral: Calle Hospital #10, tel. 771/797-1511; open Wednesday through Sunday 10 to 6. Small entrance fee; separate fee for still or video camera.
Tranvío Turístico Real del Monte: At main plaza in front of Our Lady of the Rosary parish church; cell phone 771/183-6568.
How to Get There & Away
Real del Monte is just 20 km (12 miles) northeast of Pachuca. Don’t forget the town is called Mineral del Monte on most maps. Take Highway 105 and turn on a signed road on the right. It is also just 16 km (10 miles) from Huasca, another Magic Town with plenty of outdoor activities nearby. Real del Monte is 125 kilometers (78 miles) from Mexico City following first Hwy 85D and then Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio to signs for the “Corredor de la Montaña” (Mountain Route).
Approximate distance: 160 Km.
Take the new Arco Norte Highway and exit towards Pachuca; then follow Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio to signs for the “Corredor de la Montaña” (Mountain Route).
From Querétaro (and the west)
Approximate distance: 260 Km.
Take Highway 57D toward Huichapán, Ixmiquilpan, Actopan, and Pachuca. Follow Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio to signs for the “Corredor de la Montaña” (Mountain Route). A faster (but not free) route is to take Highway 75 to Highway Arco Norte toward Tula de Allende, and then taking the México--Pachuca Highway (Mex 85) to Pachuca. From there, follow the above directions.
The main bus station in Pachuca is el Terminal Terrestre (Blvd. Rojo Gomez; tels. 771/713-3449, 771/719-1131, or 771/719-1132); however the most frequent buses to Real del Monte are vans that leave from downtown Pachuca on Calle Venustiano Carranza in front of the Iglesia de la Asunción (Temple of the Virgin of the Assumption).
You can pick up information and maps of Hidalgo state attractions, including Real del Monte, in Pachuca at the Secretary of Tourism (Blvd. Everardo Márquez 202, Col. Cuesco, tel. 771/717-6400 or 771/718-3937), or call English-speaking operators toll-free at 01800/718-2600. In Real del Monte, ask for information at the Palacio Municipal (City Hall; tel. 771/797-0510, ext.107 or 771/797-1216. It’s open weekdays during business hours. On weekends get maps and info at the kiosk in Parque Juárez.