Hiking activities in Real De Catorce
If you prefer to do your own hikes, you can head out from Real in almost any direction. A short hike goes to Socavón de Purísima, a large chimney of a former mine. Head down Allende and veer right at its end. You are on the road to Estación de Catorce. Follow this road until you reach the chimney (about 45 minutes one way). The road passes through a cut or split rock, the Cerro Trocado. To enter the mine, speak to the caretaker family (a tip is gratefully received).
To return, it's a longer and harder slog back up the hill (one hour one way; on weekends you might be able to grab a lift in a Willys Jeep). Caution: be prepared - tell others where you're headed, take…
If you prefer to do your own hikes, you can head out from Real in almost any direction. The hike closest to home includes that up the hill to the Pueblo Fantasmo, on the hill behind - and clearly visible from - the town center. Head along Lanzagorta and stay left (avoid the road that veers right to the car park). The track you follow was the former entrance to town before the tunnel existed.
Allow at least one hour to get to the top - there is another section around 100m further on behind those ruins visible from the town. Beware that there are two large shafts - 50m - in the ruins.