The state secretary of tourism has divided the state's attractions into

Hidalgo is bordered on the north by San Luis and Veracruz, on the eastern side by Puebla, on the southern side by Tlaxcala, and by the south, Querétaro and the west by Tlaxcala.

A little bit of History:

In the sixteenth century, as in Don Hernán Cortés, Spanish hidalgos were called 'Don' and women were labeled by the female 'Doña.' Spanish rulers even flattered indigenous elites by addressing them as 'don.' During the colonial period, the European identification of "Don" or "Doña" was completed and became the general term of reverence for an elderly man, an artisan, an employer, or someone in authority.

The state of Hidalgo was founded by Benito Juárez in 1869. He declared the city of Pachuca as the state's capital, to which the name "de Soto" was applied, honoring that of Manuel Fernando Soto, who is seen to be the most powerful driving force in the Mexican War of Independence.


Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, best known as El Santo, is the most popular celebrity and artist from the State. Not only was he the most known freestyle wrestler in Mexico, but he also witnessed filming success playing his Lucha libre character battling evil.

The "Xantolo" which goes from 31 October to 2 November, is the Dead Day of the State. The days around November 2 commemorate the deceased with altars and offerings, even though each community has its own differences, as in other parts of Mexico. Huejutla de Reyes is renowned for its rituals. The altarpieces are particularly large and heavily adorned with flowers, colored paper, and local food in order to fight the mourning.


The Mezquital Valley has best preserved the state's indigenous, especially Otomi, culinary heritage-based a number of traditional native animal and vegetable products. One of these is the use of a number of edible insects, many of which are considered delicacies such as escamoles (ant eggs) and maguey larvae as well as others such as larvae found on nopal plants, “chacas” (beetles), and “chicharras” (cicadas). Other local animals still used for food include tadpoles (called atepocates), salamanders, and their larvae, squirrels, and rabbits.

Plant species still widely used include mesquite beans, nopal, and other cacti, and other cacti such as "tunas" (cactus pears) and "xoconostle." These are mostly served in dishes that the state shares with much of the rest of Mexico, such as tacos, tamales, moles, and a specialty of central Mexico, mixiote.


The state secretary of tourism has divided the state's attractions into "corridors" with similar themes.
  1. The Corridor de la Montaña (Mountain Corridor)
Dedicated to ecotourism and encompassing a variety of diverse habitats and environments. These regions prefer activities such as camping, extreme sports, and family activities. This includes sites such as old mining haciendas, archeological sites, and state parks. Municipalities promoted in this group include Mineral del Monte, Huasca de Ocampo, and Mineral del Chico.
  1. The Corridor de los Balnearios (Water Park Corridor)
Lists several of the state's main amusement parks, spas, natural pools, and hot baths. Hidalgo ranks second in Mexico in the number of thermal pools. These springs have an average temperature of 38C but some are as hot as 80C. They occur because of the rivers of magma flowing under the surface. Municipalities promoted in this group include Ixmiquilpan, Actopan, and Cardonal.
  1. The Corridor Tulancingo y los 4 elementos (Tulancingo and the 4 elements Corridor)
Named for its key venue, Tulancingo, and the sports that are encouraged here. Sporting activities are categorized as air, water, fire, and earth and include hot air ballooning, sailing, boating, rustic ironworks created in Apulco, and hiking in natural landscapes. The region stretches from the municipality of Tulancingo to the municipality of Huehuetla.
  1. The Corridor de las Haciendas (Haciendas Corridor)
Contains much of the 176 former state haciendas built between the 16th and 19th centuries. Most of them were dedicated to mining or producing pulque. All of them include original houses, including the primary homes as well as tours. Many of them are in rural municipalities, which maintain ancient practices.
  1. The Sierra and Huasteca Corridor 
It encompasses the mountain range that is home to the Huastec people. The region involves ecotourism, hiking, and fishing activities in an area of thick forest and heated bodies of water. The municipalities included here are Huejutla de Reyes, Zacualtipán, and Molango, where many indigenous people live.
  1. The Tolteca Corridor
Centers on the Tula Archeological Site, home to one of Mexico's leading pre-Hispanic cultures. Many of the oldest monasteries in the state, established in the 16th century, are situated here. Municipalities include Tula de Allende, Atotonilco de Tula, Tepeji del Rio, Mixquiahuala, Tlahuelilpan, Tlaxcoapan, and Tezontepec.