Welcome to Huasca de Ocampo, a charming municipality nestled in the state of Hidalgo surrounded by natural beauty and bursting with care-free spirit. The local people will welcome you with a smile and the cobbled streets and simple colonial architecture will entice you to find out more and discover all of its hidden treasures.
The Mining History
Huasca de Ocampo is very much representative of the region’s mining history. Count Pedro Romero de Terrenos established the town in the mid to late 1700s and he fast became one of the richest men in the world. During this time, the count constructed four main haciendas (ranches) which can still be admired now. Hacienda Santa Maria Regla was the biggest (and most expensive) of these. You can visit this ex hacienda, located at the bottom of a canyon and be transported to another era in the courtyard with stone archways and the rustic kitchen with blue tiles. This is now a luxury hotel but it’s possible to take a tour which will take you to were scenes were filmed for the movie The Mask of Zorro starring Antonio Banderas.
Hacienda Santa Miguel Regla is the other famous hacienda of the region. This incredibly beautiful hacienda is where much of the gold and silver of the region was mined. It has also been transformed into a hotel.
Explore the Jaw Dropping Surroundings of Huasca de Ocampo
This part of Mexico is truly a nature-lovers treasure trove. A must-see are the Basaltic Prisms of Santa Maria Regla, giant columns of basalt which were formed millions of years ago and can be found just 15 minutes from Huasca de Ocampo. This is one of two rock formations that exist in this geometric structure in the world. They are around thirty meters high and it’s possible to visit the Basaltic Prisms Vacation Center where you can do a number of activities including going horseback riding, swimming or taking a boat ride through the San Antonio Dam.
Further to the Northeast, there’s Peña de Aire another natural basalt formation which appears to be suspended in mid-air when perceived from a particular angle. On the other side of the town of Huasca de Ocampo to the West, enjoy the rich landscape of woodland of El Chico National Park. Explore the trails and discover waterfalls, dams and ravines.
First Pueblo Magico in Mexico
In 2001, Huasca de Ocampo was the first town to be given the title of Pueblo Magico in Mexico. Stroll through the central streets, which have not changed much in the last 100 years, and visit the church of San Juan Bautista, dating back to the 16th century. Inside find even older works of art and marvel at the craftsmanship of the interior. This town’s humble beginnings can be felt throughout the picturesque streets, now host to many handicraft stalls selling red clay pottery and other delights, yet the natural wealth is on display in the views and surrounding landscapes. So take a small step back in time and relish in the magic of Mexico’s first Magic Town.