This gorgeous mountain town is a tangle of houses, restaurants and pastie shops scattered across a pine-tree-carpeted hillside. The air is thin here, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself with a mild case of altitude sickness, but it’s also clean, crisp and can get cold and windy suddenly (bring a sweater, if not a coat).
Two kilometers past the Hwy 105 turnoff for Parque Nacional El Chico, Real del Monte (officially known as Mineral del Monte) was the scene of a miners’ strike in 1776, commemorated as the first strike in the Americas. Most of the town was settled in the 19th century, after a British company commandeered the mines. Cornish-style cottages line many of the steep, cobbled streets.