Real del Monte in the state of Hidalgo Mexico – foggy as usual.
“El Real” is 9000 ft (2,700 meters) above sea level, so it is nearly always in the clouds. It has some of the oldest gold and silver mines in Mexico and claims such great achievements as being the “Cuna del Futbol en Mexico”, (The birthplace of Soccer in Mexico) and home to the northern hemisphere’s first labor strike by New Spain’s first miner’s union which ironically was organized by the Spanish Virey who owned the rights to the mines. It has been an active mining center for 5 centuries and is still home to many active silver smiths.
El Real is full of steep streets, and stairways where streets are impossible, and is scattered with intricate English inspired stonework in every nook and cranny. If you visit El Real del Monte, don’t leave without tasting several of the local Pastes which are an adaptation of the cornish Pasties brought over by the English companies that ran the mines for many years.
There’s so much more to say about this little known Mexican town, so please follow this LINK for more information.
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