Hidalgo travel

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Hidalgo Travel

🗣 Mexico Language

Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD

📍 Top Things to Do in Hidalgo

Grutas de Tolantongo, Huasca de Ocampo (Basaltic Prisms)

📍 Hidalgo Off the Beaten Path

Pachuca, Tula de Allende (Tollan Ruins), Real de Monte

Hidalgo Travel

Hidalgo State is located in Central Mexico, just north of Mexico City (AKA CDMX). Many stay in the city, and do Mexico City day trips into Hidalgo and other neighboring states.

One of the best things to do in Hidalgo is visit Las Grutas Tolantongo (AKA Tolantongo Caves), the famous Mexico hot springs and a natural water playground with pools, waterfalls, a cave and river.

Besides Tolantongo Grutas, there’s Real de Monte and the Basaltic Prisms in Huasca de Ocampo, both pueblos magicos (magic towns), and the Tollan Ruins in Tula.

Mexico State travel FAQ

Is Hidalgo State safe for travel?

According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico; but here is a rundown Estado de Mexico (Mexico State) safety.

For the most part, Hidalgo State is safe for travelers, if you stick to the places most visited by travelers, like Las Grutas Tolantongo (AKA Tolantongo Caves), the famous Mexico hot springs, the Basaltic Prisms in Huasca de Ocampo, a pueblo magico (magic town), and the Tollan Ruins in Tula — all popular Mexico City day trips.

As Hidalgo is off the beaten path for travelers, most will stay in Mexico City and then do Hidalgo State day trips.

For Mexico City safety, if you stick to these best neighborhoods in Mexico City, and avoid ones like Tepito and Doctores, you should be very safe in Mexico City.

As with traveling anywhere, do follow these General Travel Safety Tips and pack these safety items for additional peace of mind.

Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travel tips, and tips on how to stay safe during Mexico solo travel.

• Ep. 25 | Leigh talks traveling solo to Mexico City

 

Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?

As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.

Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.

Top 20 Solo Female Travel Destinations: Head to this article to discover the 20 best places for solo travel in Mexico, recommended by solo female travelers who have actually visited them.

🎧 Click the links below to listen to podcast episodes with solo female travel tips.

 

What's the best time to visit Hidalgo State?

Weather-wise, Hidalgo, and all of Central Mexico, has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cold.

As a general rule, the nicest time to visit Hidalgo State is from October to March. The rainy season is from April to September, and it can rain quite a bit.

🧳 Head to this article to download your FREE Printable packing list for Mexico travel, and get a complete Mexico packing guide — so you know what to pack for Mexico, and what NOT to take to Mexico.

How do I travel to Mexico State?

You’ll want to fly into Mexico City International Airport (code: MEX), which should have direct flights from nearly all major U.S. cities.

From here, you’ll rent a car and then drive into Estado de Mexico. For Mexico car rentals, Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price — but make sure to get full coverage insurance.

🚙💨 Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.

 

Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?

As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time.

To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in MexicoYES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.

Beyond that, another caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.

 

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.

When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.

Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.

In short: Don’t lose your FMM!

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?

As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.

If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!

If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.

🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.

 

List of useful spanish words and phrases

Hidalgo & Mexico City Blogs

Take A Day Trip from Mexico City to These 15 Amazing Places

Looking to book a day trip from Mexico City? While there’s many amazing things to do in CDMX, there’s also many great Mexico City day trips.

25 Unique Places to Visit in Mexico You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Looking for unique places to visit in Mexico? You’re in the right place because the Top 25 places are here — pinned to a Mexico Map for you!

Mexico Solo Travel: 20 Amazing Destinations for Female Travelers

Need advice on solo travel Mexico destinations? All 20 places featured here come recommended by female solo travelers who have actually been!

Mexico City’s Historic Center: 11 Best Things to Do + Free Map

Mexico City’s Historic Center is full of amazing things to do. Get your FREE Map, and discover the best 11 sites and taco shops in CDMX!

4 Days in Mexico City: The Ultimate CDMX Travel Itinerary

Planning your 4 days in Mexico City? You’ve come to the right guide — I lived there for about a year — and I have info to share with you!

Mexico Travel Podcast

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