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Mineral del Monte
More places of the surroundings of Mexico City

 

Surrounded by forests and fertile fields, Mineral del Monte surprises to us with its houses, their corners and their side streets that break through in the steep mountainous area on which it is. This beautiful mining town, located at the south of the state of Hidalgo, has its origin like several populations of the center of Mexico, in its mine of silver, the same that were set off by the rich Mexican industralist Pedro Romero de Terreros during the last years of the colonial period. Time later in the first half of the XIXth Century, an English company started the operation of the mine, attracting an important number of immigrants from the south of England who brought their customs, and even their form of living and their architecture to the zone, giving a new peak to the mining operation by means of the introduction of modern machinery, that could well be considered as one of the first examples of the industrial revolution in Latin America.

They are indeed of English influence several of the main attractives of Mineral del Monte, like its houses of two levels with ceilings to two waters and chimneys, as well as the English cementery where are the rest of many of the ancestors of the arrived miners in XIXth century. This influence is also perceived in the food, where emphasize the well-known pastes, delicious pies with diverse fillings made with flour of potatoes as the English way. In the Mineral del Monte surroundings there are several places of interest like Piedras Encimadas geologic formation, the Basaltic Prisms, the El Chico National Park, the town of Huasca and the Ex - Hacienda of San Miguel Regla, now turned into a prestigious hotel. Recently Mineral of Monte has been included within the circuit of "Magical Towns of Mexico" reason why this town is experiencing an important touristic development.

Mineral del Monte is about 2 hours and quarter driving north of Mexico City and is accessible through the Freeway Mexico - Pachuca.

 

 

 

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