El Buho is Hidalgo’s newest and only coffee shop. It is right down the street from the grocery store (facing the grocery store, to the left). Their purpose is to provide a common ground for locals and international climbers to meet. It is a chill place started by a couple from the United States that […]
“Spanish teacher, local tour guide and interpreter.” Well known and loved by climbers for his friendliness and past work at Homero’s, Milton is a local cook who also speaks fluent English. He offers English and Spanish classes, tour guiding, and a Monterrey airport pickup service. Milton’s airport pickup service costs $50 USD with an optional […]
The geology/archeological museum of Mina, a short drive from Potrero Chico (30 min?), features wooly mammoth bones excavated in the desert nearby as well as many different periods in Mexican history.
Hidalgo’s local veterinarian for pets. They can get your new dog checked out, vaccinated, neutered or spayed here for a pretty good price. Under equipped so any donations are appreciated. Located a few blogs from Hidalgo’s main plaza, on street “Ignacio Lopez Rayon”. Hours: 9am-1pm, 2pm-7pm.
One of two banks in Hidalgo, located on the round about at the entrance to Hidalgo.
One of two banks in Hidalgo. Located on the corner from Hidalgo’s bus station, in the central plaza. U.S. Bank of America customers: Santander offers a special discount of no ATM or currency exchange fees.
The “House of Culture” in Hidalgo offers a few rooms of Hidalgo’s history, a small art gallery, and frequently hosts local events that are interesting to watch. But don’t expect too much.
Hidalgo’s main movie rental store located in the central plaza of Hidalgo, next to Benavides Pharmacy. Great for renting movies in Spanish to study. They usually require membership but you can instead leave your drivers license or passport.
Spanish teacher and one of the owners of La Posada.
Huge caves located outside the small town of García, abour an hour from Potrero. Features impressive rock formations or stalagmites and stalactites. You can either hike up to the entrance of the cave or take a tram.
The ranchers often relax and cool down in the canyon, where you can inquire about renting horses. Its very informal and easy.
Today only an old Spanish mission, Hacienda del Muerto is a former agricultural and livestock ranch which also served as fort during many successful battles. Located near Mina on the dirt road to the Hot Springs and dates back to over 400 years ago. Parts of the mission are in ruins from the Mexican revolution.
A fairly new climbing gym in Monterrey that has a small gear shop.
La Huasteca is the first climbing area in Monterrey only 15 minutes from the city. With nearly 200 bolted routes with grades from 5.8 to 5.13C, it is the favorite place for weekend climbers. It is also known for the slippery type of limestone from which it is comprised, and which makes climbing seem more […]
Culo De Gato (Cat’s Ass) is a cliff located about a half-hour’s drive from Potrero Chico and is home to a sizable cave and routes that are a bit steeper than most of the Potrero fair. Climbs tend toward the more difficult side of the grade spectrum. There is however a handful of easier routes […]
See, smell, and eat at Hidalgo’s street markets twice a week to get a unique Mexican pueblo experience. The street markets come twice a week but the better/larger one is Tuesday’s. Do not expect a plethora of Mexican handicrafts, if any, as you might expect in more southern parts of Mexico. This is Walmart on […]
The Zona Archeologica Boca de Potrerillos is an archeological site less than an hour north of Potrero Chico. It is one of the highest concentrations of petroglyphs from prehistoric times in the world and they all can be found within a short walk up a hill. Follow the main highway in front of Hidalgo, 53, […]
The Termales de la Azufrosa hot springs offers a large pool indoors and several other small private indoor and outdoor pools for up to six people. The water temperature is extremely hot!
Largest and cleanest pharmacy in town, located in Hidalgo’s central plaza.
Bodega Aurrera is Hildalgo’s super-grocery store owned by and similar to Walmart but with slightly lower cost goods. You have much better chances of finding things here than in the many smaller shops in town. You are not, however, supporting the local community. Bodega Aurrera is located on the main highway 53, after Hidalgo’s entrance […]
A cozy coffee shop that offers up amazing coffee, tasty little treats as well as an excellent selection of books to read. Also has WiFi for those of you that need to access the Internet for a bit. Originally opened up as Christian/climber outreach with the local communities, it has become an essential part of […]