A whole trail running weekend in a place that English immigrants used to call Little Cornwall during the XVII until the XIX century
Stories of “Mineral del Monte” tell that the miners used to hide their treasures in the leftovers of their “pastes” (pasties in English) a kind of salty pie introduced by the British contractors from Cornwall England, when they came to explode the mines.
A weekend that will take you to an epic journey through this stunning place located in the central region of the Mexican land of Toltecs, one of the ancient pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico.
As with the rest of the region, Mineral del Monte (The Little Cornualles) was a silver mining town in times of the Spanish conquerors. Nowadays many runners and climbers come to its beautiful mountains, which are green all year around, to get close to the stunning nature and experience beautiful trails.
Saturday: In about 12 miles and almost 3000 meters above sea level we are going to explore this National Park visiting some places like “El Cuervo” natural balcony or “La Muela” and “La Cruz del Negro” boulder, all this surrounded by a pine, oak and oyamel forest and after our run we are going to enjoy a Mexican meal with traditional food and a well-deserved beer.
The rest of the afternoon-night is for you, so if you are in the mood, we are going to take you to Mineral del Monte with some recommendations for extra activities, like:
- A guided visit to the old English Graveyard which is oriented to England and was declared Cultural heritage by UNESCO.
- A tour in the tour bus of the town.
- A Legend’s tour of Mineral del Monte
On Sunday we’ll have another great running morning, but this time in “La Sierra de las Navajas” or “Knives mountain”, so-called because we’ll find obsidian pieces all over the road. This area was in control of Mesoamerican cultures like Toltec, Teotihuacan and Aztec, because of the importance of obsidian as main material for the domestic life, religious ornaments and weapons. So, in a trail run of 9 miles you’ll discover a beautiful obsidian landscape.
After our run it’s time for breakfast and a visit to the “Paste Museum” where you will make your own salty pie and learn why this food was so important for the English immigrants who lived in this area.
An amazing running adventure is waiting for you, so don’t miss the opportunity to run with us in this epic place and enjoy our running holidays in Mexico.