Magical Towns in Hidalgo: Tourist Attractions, and Cultural Experiences

Read about the seven magical towns that exist in Hidalgo, as well as their gastronomy, tourist attractions, and cultural experiences they offer.

Magical Towns in Hidalgo: Tourist Attractions, and Cultural Experiences
Panoramic view of Real del Monte in Hidalgo. Photo: Sectur

About the seven magical towns that exist in Hidalgo, as well as their gastronomy, tourist attractions, and cultural experiences they offer. The program of magical towns was created so that all people have free and safe access to tourism, leisure, and recreational activity.

Among the main places is Real del Monte, which is a town with origins in colonial times that is located in the highest and most mountainous part of the state, which has a historical essence due to the English mining that it possesses.

Huasca de Ocampo, a city located in the central part of Hidalgo, was the first place to be designated as a Magical Town in Mexico, due to its well-known natural and historical landscapes. One of its number one attractions is the Basaltic Prisms, rock formations that were generated millions of years ago. As for the gastronomy that Huasca de Ocampo offers, there is barbecue, pastes, and ice cream typical of the region.

Another Magical Town that was recognized as such in 2020, is the Mexican town of Zempoala, where the Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque is located, a site officially declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here, tourists can enjoy dishes with mushrooms, escamoles, quelites, maguey worms, ximbotes, and mixiotes cooked on firewood, in addition to the traditional and famous pulque.

Waterfall of the Basaltic Prisms in Hidalgo
Waterfall of the Basaltic Prisms in Hidalgo. Photo: El Sol de Puebla

Food, culture, and history in the state of Hidalgo

The municipality of Huichapan, which in the Nahuatl language means "River of the willows", is characterized as being one of the richest places in history and culture in the State of Hidalgo. It has a pleasant temperate climate varied to cool, with little rainfall. An interesting celebration that takes place in this Magical Town is the annual celebration of the Nut Fair, where various activities of tasting, production, and sale are carried out.

It is also worth mentioning the picturesque town of mining origin, Mineral del Chico, which was founded a little more than 440 years ago and is located in the so-called Corredor de la Montaña of Hidalgo, which has an extensive ecological wealth.

Tecozautla is a municipality with a pre-Hispanic past and great historical architecture, its name comes from the Nahuatl language and means "Place where the yellow earth abounds". This town enjoys a warm or temperate semi-dry climate and is considered a natural paradise. As part of its traditional dishes are the red and green mole of chicken or turkey, some insects, and mesquite.

Hidalgo has some of the most outstanding tourist attractions in the country.

Finally, Zimapán, the largest municipality in Hidalgo and belonging to the Sierra Gorda, was declared a Magical Town on October 11, 2018. It is known for its dams, forests, and the typical Huapango music that dresses the entire state. The representative food with which the population of Zimapán delights, are sweet tamales with jam filling, chepitas, enchiladas, and some artisanal wines.

All the Magical Towns have tourist attractions and specific natural beauties, embraced by stories, culture, messages, as well as handicrafts. The latter is very valuable since they are part of the identity of the municipalities. Thus, each one of their respective inhabitants offers inordinate hospitality to tourists, because it seeks to incorporate an offer of necessary measures to ensure both a trip, as well as remarkable accommodation and food that provide above all a safe tourism to visitors of Hidalgo.