The historic Camino Real de Tierra Adentro trail, also known as Camino à Santa Fe or Camino de la Plata, is the oldest and longest in the Americas, with a length of nearly 2,600 kilometers, although it is not a linear route, but an entire area of influence that ran from Mexico City to Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA).
Starting from the Plaza de Santo Domingo in Mexico City, followed by the current San Angel district and extended through Querétaro to San Miguel el Grande. From there, it was divided into two branches to avoid crossing Otomí’s territory. In total, it crosses ten Mexican states: Mexico, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Guanajuato, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Durango and Chihuahua and two American states: Texas and New Mexico.
When using the road, you can go through:
- Old haciendas,
- Historic city centres,
- A cemetery,
- Former convents,
- A mountain range,
- Road sections,
- A mine,
- Caves within a 1,400 km radius of the road between Mexico City and the city of Valle of Allende.