Sometimes is hard to find a nice and nearby place to hang out for a day. Lucky for you there are a lot of Pueblos Mágicos, literally traduced as Magic Towns, just a couple of hours away from Mexico City.
You can get up early, and in a wink of an eye you’ll wake up in a movie scene. There are lots of Magic Towns in Mexico, but for now, I’ll suggest some northern towns. I’m sure you’ll have a great time in whichever destination you choose.
1. Tequisquiapan, Querétaro
At only two and a half hours from Mexico City, this town is waiting for you. Located in the city of Querétaro, this town is the second tourist destination of the city.
I must say it’s a big and important part of the Wine Route. You can start by visiting the Miguel Hidalgo Plaza, which is located right in front of the Santa María de la Asunción Temple.
This is a really nice spot because is surrounded by coffee shops, galleries, Mexican candy stores and Mexican handicrafts.
So if you want to take back home some of these souvenirs or simply take a break and a good coffee while enjoying the view, this is definitely the place to go.
You can also go the La Pila park, this is the most important public park in Tequisquiapan and the main place for the Wine and Cheese Fair, you can’t go without having a good taste of this.
If you have the opportunity of a getaway, Tequisiquiapan is a pretty good option for you to have a good time.
2. Huasca de Ocampo, Hidalgo
This is considered the first Pueblo Mágico of Hidalgo. Basically, this place is truly magical, it’s natural lakes, waterfalls and basaltic rocks makes this place really attractive for travelers all over the world. And the pest part of it, it’s right here, in Mexico, at only two hours from Mexico City.
You can visit some of the estates that are left here, like the Ex-Hacienda de Santa María Regla or Ex-Hacienda de San Miguel Regla, both with amazing history related to silver mines that preserve in this town.
You can also enjoy a canoe ride and fish trouts while enjoying the magnificent view that Huasca offers you. This is a really good place for you to relax, surrounded by a magical environment.
3. San Sebastian Bernal, Querétaro
Located in Querétaro too, this town refuges the third biggest monolith in the world, with 300 meters high and 10 million years old. So get ready, wear your most comfortable shoes, go!
You can walk calmly up the monolith; or if your kind of extreme then you can hike or climb all the way up. Though if you’re not that extreme, you can walk around the colorful streets; full of handicrafts where wool products are well-known.
You can visit The Castle, a beautiful viceregal building that is truly representative of Bernal history. You can also go to the Santa Cruz Chapel and the Military Headquarters.
Finally, you must eat in any of the little restaurants right under de monolith, you’ll enjoy a really good and spicy meal.
4. Real del Monte, Hidalgo
At only two hours away from Mexico City, you’ll find yourself immersed in a hilly little town that used to be an English mining township.
This town is full of history and beautiful buildings you can visit. You can’t miss the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church, built in the XVII century with a small balcony where an image of the Virgen de Guadalupe is kept.
If you want to have a full experience you must go to the Acosta Mine; with 400 meters depth, you’ll have to wear a helmet and a lantern, that they will provide you there, and you’ll have the opportunity to observe the machinery that was used back in the XVII century.
It will definitely amaze you. Finally, you can also visit the English Pantheon where the past of Real del Monte rests; here you’ll find the tombs of 200 English miners.
About the food, you have to try the pastes, this is the typical Real del Monte food, it’s like a patty and you can choose from a wide variety of filling. You can even make your own paste in the Museo del Paste.