Huasca de Ocampo trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Huasca de Ocampo
Huasca de Ocampo is a town and municipality of the state of Hidalgo in central Mexico. It is located 34 km from Pachuca and 16 km from Real del Monte in the Sierra de Pachuca Mountains. While the town itself is just within the mountain range, much of the municipal land is located in a valley that opens up to the east of the town. While one of the first haciendas to be established in Mexico is located here, economic development started with mining haciendas built by Pedro Romero de Terreros in the 18th century. By the mid 20th century, none of these haciendas were in existence, having been broken up into ejido lands and some even fully or partially under lakes created by dams. While agriculture remains important economically, the area has been promoted as a tourism destination, especially for weekend visitors from Mexico City, with attractions such as canyons, traditional houses, old hacienda facilities and waterfalls.EtymologyThe original name for the area was “Huascazaloya.” This come from Nahuatl and has three possible meanings. The first and most probable means “place of happiness and abundance.” The second derives from a phrase that means “place of water.” The third comes from a phrase that means “place where they make precious cotton shawls (mantas).” The appendage “de Ocampo” was adopted in honor of Melchor Ocampo, who lived briefly here in the mid 19th century.HistoryFirst records of the area extend only as far as the early colonial period. The area came under the encomienda of the Diego de Paz family, who were centered in Atotonilco el Grande starting in 1558. Small villages such as San Sebastian and San Bartolomé are mentioned in early records but not the municipal seat of Huasca. In the late 16th century, the area was acknowledged as an “Indian Republic,” meaning that the natives here had a certain amount of autonomy from the Spanish. By the 17th century, the encomienda was broken up and the lands around the Indian republic became haciendas.To personalize your trip to Huasca de Ocampo, create itinerary details specific to you using our Mexico day trip site.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Build a tripTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
Popular things to do in Huasca de Ocampo
Side trips from Huasca de Ocampo
World heritage site
Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
San Juan Teotihuacan
Duration: 2h 30 min
Places to visit with Huasca de Ocampo
Mexico CityTrip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Specialty Museum, Natural History Museum San Miguel de AllendeTrip planner BEST FOR: Architectural Building, Antique Store, Spa Ciudad VallesTrip planner BEST FOR: River Rafting / Tubing, Waterfall, Water Sport PueblaTrip planner BEST FOR: Zoo, Religious Site, Church San Juan TeotihuacanTrip planner BEST FOR: Ruin, Historic Walking Area, Nature / Park
Recently planned trips to Huasca de Ocampo
41 days in Hidalgo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Tula de Allende Huichapan Tolantongo 3 days in Hidalgo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Huasca de Ocampo 2 days in Huasca de Ocampo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Prismas Basalticos Pueblo Magico de Huasca Archivo Historico y Museo de Mineria, A. C. 3 days in Huasca de Ocampo BY A USER FROM MEXICO Huasca de Ocampo 5 days in Hidalgo BY A USER FROM MEXICO Huasca de Ocampo Ixmiquilpan Tula de Allende Municipality 2 days in Huasca de Ocampo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Prismas Basalticos Pueblo Magico de Huasca Archivo Historico y Museo de Mineria, A. C.