Colloquially called La Bella Airosa or The Windy Beauty, Pachuca de Soto is the capital of the state of Hidalgo. At the beginning of the colonial period, the Spanish discovered in its territory important silver deposits and started mining in the region. To date, these mines have provided over 60% of the total gold production of the state and 50 % of the silver production. Architectural evidence of this activity can be seen among the old buildings of the miners in which 500 are listed as Historic Monuments.
Altitude: 2400 meters above sea level
Time Zone: Central Standard Time UTC-6
Population: 256,584 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)
Area Code: 771
Other fine examples of civil and religious architecture in Pachuca are the Monumental Clock, La Casa del Conde de Rule, the building of las Cajas Reales and the Convent of San Francisco.
Pachuca has a wide variety of cultural showcases among which are the Museum of Mineralogy, the Regional History Museum, the Planetarium of Hidalgo, and the Historical Archive. Photo and history of Mexico enthusiasts can delight in visiting the Museum of Photography and the National Photographic Library of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), which protects 850,000 original photographs offering an overview of the past 160 years of photography in Mexico. It is the most important photographic collection in Mexico.
Pachuca has its own football club, The Tuzos of Pachuca, which has a team in the first division of professional soccer.
The attractions of the city that are related to this sport are the Hidalgo Stadium, the Soccer Hall of Fame, and the World Cup Interactive Center. Pachuca craft production includes beautiful silver jewelry, pottery, embroidery and textiles, furniture, and leather.
Near Pachuca you can visit the Tula archaeological site and the Mineral del Chico National Park.
As for the culinary delights its British bakery must be mentioned as well as the traditional barbecue mutton in maguey leaves.
The city of Pachuca de Soto is located in the south central region of the state of Hidalgo in the area that is known as Comarca Minera. The Eng. Juan Guillermo Villasana International Airport services the area or you take a bus to the Carlos Balmori Martínez Pachuca Bus Terminal.
By car you can take the highway Carretera Federal No. 85 or the Autopista Mexico-Pachuca. Another route is the Carretera Estatal 130 Pachuca-Tulancingo.
Distances to Pachuca from other destinations in Mexico
- Mexico City, Federal District: 96 km.
- Toluca, State of Mexico, 153 km.
- Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla: 165 km.
- Cuernavaca, Morelos: 183 km.
- Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro: 223 km.
- Celaya, Guanajuato: 268 km.
- Xalapa, Veracruz: 281 km.
- Morelia, Michoacán: 312 km.
- Guanajuato, Guanajuato: 333 km.
- León de los Aldama, Guanajuato: 399 km.
- Veracruz, Veracruz: 470 km.
- Acapulco, Guerrero: 477 km.
- Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes: 515 km.
- Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo: 571 km.
- Guadalajara, Jalisco: 640 km.
- Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: 951 km.
Pachuca has a semi-cold weather. The average annual temperature is 14°C with a high of 17°C and a low of 11°C.
Between June and October winds can reach 75 km/h.
The rainy season is from May to October.
During the winter frost with fog and strong winds are possible.
What to Pack
In the summer it is recommended to pack long pants, sneakers, hiking shoes, and a sweater.
In the winter bring long pants, sneakers, boots, a sweater, coat, hat, scarf, and gloves.
Cubitos Ecopark, Dinoparque, the Planetarium of Hidalgo, Cerro del Logo Ecological Preservation Zone, Pachuca Convivencia Infantil Bioarque, Tuzoofari, El Chico National Park, Hiloche Forest State Park, David Ben Gurion Cultural Park.
National Museum of Photography and the National Photographic Library of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Museum of Mineralogy, El Rehilete Museum, Regional Museum of History, Legislative History Museum, Jorge Rojo Lugo Toy Museum.
Historic Center of Pachuca de Soto, Las Cajas Reales Building, UAEH Central Building, City Hall, Bancomer Building, General Archives of the State of Hidalgo, Monumental Clock of Pachuca, Monument to Miguel Hidalgo, Monument to los Niños Heroes, La Victoria del Viento Monument, Monument and fountain of los Insurgentes.
Church of the Assumption, San Bartolo Church, Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Francisco Church and Ex-Convent, Parish of San Martin de Porres, The Chapel of the Assumption, Divino Salvador Methodist Church.
Convention Center, Golf Course, Vicente Segura Plaza de Toros, Mexican Revolution Stadium, Hidalgo Stadium, Soccer Hall of Fame, World Cup Interactive Center, Moisés Solana Autodromo, Pachuca tourist tram, Ricardo Garibay State Central Library.
San Francisco Theater, Hidalgo Bartolomé de Medina Theater, Gota de Plata Auditorium Theater, Hidalgo Cultural Center of the INAH, Headquarters of Art, Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon Poliforum, Railway Cultural Center, Efren Rebolledo Cultural Forum.
Feasts and Festivals
Every Friday: Evenings of the Cuban dance, Danzón.
January 5: Three Kings Parade.
March-April: Easter Celebrations.
April: International Image Fair.
July: Children and Young Adult Book Fair.
August: International Book Fair UAEH
September: Ramon Noble International Festival and National Competition for Interpreters of Classical Guitar
September 15 and 16: Celebration of Mexican Independence.
September-Octobre: Pachuca International Fair.
October 3 to 20: San Francisco International Fair.
October 31, November 1 and 2: Day of the Dead Celebration.
November: Urban Youth Popular Culture Forum.
November: Cultural Diversity Festival, International Festival of Oral Storytellers story to story, hand in hand.
November 22-28: Music Week November 20: Feast of the Mexican Revolution.
December 12: Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe