The capital of Hidalgo State, its history is intrinsically entwined with mining. Even Aztecs were in on the mining before they were superseded by the Spanish, which, ironically enough, then involved investment in Cornish labor and innovation. But due to political instability and the erratic fluctuation of precious metal values, Pachuca eventually diversified into other areas, one of which is tourism today, thanks to its well-preserved historical center and mining heritage.
In addition to its role as a regional center, Pachuca may be known to some as the site where much of Club of Crows, a Netflix series, was shot. It is also fortunate to be close to a mountainous natural getaway known as Parque Nacional El Chico.
Pachuca is serviced by Mexico City International Airport. There is a comfortable shuttle bus which can be boarded directly from the airport, giving hourly service to and from Pachuca. Depending on traffic conditions, it takes about an hour or two to arrive at this town.
There is no passenger train service.
Pachuca is about 90 km (56 miles) north of Mexico City. The road is flat with very few curves. Because it is a toll-highway, it's usually in good conditions.
Pachuca is easy to reach by first class bus from several cities in the region, including from Mexico City's North station and Puebla's CAPU station (~2 hr, M$ 200). From the bus station, take a taxi or one of the combi minivans (M$ 7.5) to get to the old city center.
- 1 Reloj Monumental de Pachuca (Monumental Clock Tower). A clock tower built in 1910 to commemorate the centennial of the independence of Mexico. It is situated in Plaza Independencia.
- 2 Parroquia de la Asuncion. Church from the 16th century with oil canvases from the same era inside, plus surrounding historical quarters around adjacent Plaza de la Constitucion.
- 3 Cristo Rey. Nice Jesus statue. Plus some fine views of the city if you walk around the terrace/stairwell.
- 4 Plaza Juárez. Main square (err, zocalo) of Pachuca with a Benito Juarez statue in the center and the state capital building and municipal theater fringing its borders.
- 5 Archivo Historico y Museo de Mineria, Asociación Civil, Javier Mina 110, ☏ . 10ː00-18ː00 daily. History of mining in the area with mineral specimens and other mining exhibits like smelters and extractors on display.
- 6 El Cuartel del Arte (Art Barracks). A sampling of art.
- 7 SINAFO- Fototeca Nacional del INAH (Museo de la Fotografía). Photography museumː could be a little sleepy.
- 8 Parroquia de San Francisco. Colonial Catholic temple also from 16th century with the St. Francis of Asisi convent adjacent.
- 9 Interactive World Soccer Center/Pachuca Soccer Museum and Hall of Fame (Pachuca El Museo Del Futbol Salon De La Fama), ☏ . Pachuca's soccer hall of fame and museum, for the soccer aficionado. Selfie-opportunity available in front of the gigantic soccer ball.
- 10 Pisal de Byron Gálvez (Parque David Ben Gurión). 08ː00-18ː00 daily. Outdoor plaza made up of pieced-together mosaics that you can walk upon.
- 11 Museo El Rehilete (Pinwheel Museum), Blvd Felipe Angeles km 84.5, ☏ . More or less a children's museum but fairly interactive with a dino park, planetarium, and botanical garden.
- 12 Museo de Miniaturas Castillo de Dragones. Miniatures/toy museum inside a castle with dragons draped along the exteriors. Could be a bit kitschy.
- 13 Macromural of Pachuca (Mural de Palmitas), Guadalupe 204, Las Palmitas (behind Sam's Club). A whole neighborhood draped in pastel colors. If you feel like you're suddenly in an Easter egg land, you're probably in the right spot.
- 1 Bioparque Convivencia Pachuca, Av Benito Juárez. 10ː00-17ː00 Tu-Su, closed M. Animal conservatory that is pretty dilapidated. Come here if you want to see a sad lion.
- 2 Tuzoofari, Camino Rural Rancho San Pablo (in Epazoyucan) (about 25 km southeast of Pachuca), ☏ . 09ː00-17ː00 daily. A pretty dynamic safari experience with chances to feed the animals with supervision and tram car rides thru the park, etc.
"Pastes". Derived from the Cornwall "Paistie" (but pronounced with a short "a" and "e",) this foodstuf is close to a baked empanada and was popularized by English miners who took them as ready to eat treats for their lunch inside Hidalgo's silver mines. The original ones having been filled with a mixture of leek, potatoes and ground meat, or well with beans, the variety has grown to a somewhat larger assortment. Though there are literally hundreds of establishments selling pastes in Pachuca, "Kiko's" and "El Duque" are strongly recommended. Inquire about chilli pepper content before tasting.
- 1 Plaza Galerias Pachuca. Modern shopping mall with theater.
- 2 Mercado Primero de Mayo. 09ː00-19ː00 daily. A place to try local foods and look for local artisanal products.
- 1 Casa Alí - HOSTAL, Ingeniero Mineros 103, ☏ . A friendly hostel option with breakfast. Also can arrange tours of nearby areas such as Parque Nacional Chico. M$487.
- 2 Privada 400 Casas & Suites, Dr Espinoza Arteaga 400, ☏ . Kind of like staying in an apartment but without the lease. M$ 614.
- 3 Holiday Inn Express Pachuca, Blvd Luis Donaldo Colosio 220 Fracc, ☏ . This is good if you want to stay in a concrete block franchise sort of place out in the suburbs that has a full breakfast and indoor pool. M$ 762.
- Hotel los Baños, Matamoros # 205 Colonia Centro. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Cheap and nice looking colonial style hotel. For luxury, you're probably better off in one of the other options nearby; while the rooms are clean, many things don't work well (windows, locks, internet), but it does come with TV access. Renovated in 2015. For the breakfast you have to pay additional M$60, which it probably is not worth it. Better option is to take breakfast in one of the many nice places nearby. M$ 400 for a single room.
- 4 Hotel Emily, Calle Plaza de la Independencia, ☏ . Here you can look out on the clock monument, and have a massage. M$ 847.
Real del Monte
Parque Nacional (National Park) El Chico - not bad, monolithic escarpments rising up out of an alpine forest-type topography. Come prepared for some potentially cold weather while hiking though.
Mineral del Chico - a pristine town that sort of functions as a service center or at least interesting respite before or after visiting Parque Nacional El Chico.
San Miguel Regla
Santa Maria Regla