Where to Go / What to Do in Toluca

MIGUEL HIDALGO NATIONAL PARK Beter known as La Marquesa, this park is located only 32 km east of Toluca. The historic importance to which it owes its name to goes back to the War of Independence, during which the army of Miguel Hidalgo and Costilla moved on victorious after one the toughest battles, the battle of the Cruces, fighting against the Realist Army. The beautiful scenery that you can enjoy on your visit to this natural sanctuary of 1.7 hectares, will make you want to come back to repeat the experience. Located at an altitude of 3,000 to 3,800 meters above sea level, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, mountain climbing and horseback riding, with facilities rented within the park. MEXIQUENSE CULTURAL CENTER Former Hacienda of San Jose de la Pila shelters the Cultural Center, converging important cultural spaces at Toluca through cultural and historical research from the Anthropology and History Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Popular Cultures Museum, all open to the public. BOTANICAL GARDEN AND COSMOVITRAL Cosmovitral, as this work of art is known, is one of the largest stain-glass windows in the world. It is the work of artist Leopoldo Flores, who spent a year on its design and two on its manufacturing with the help of artisans from Estado de Mexico. Its construction required more than 75 tons of metallic structures, 45 tons of glass and 25 tons of lead; forming 500,000 glass fragments in 28 colors. It is located in the old “16 de Septiembre” Market, within the building where the botanical garden safeguards more than 400 natural species from around the world. The Cosmovitral is a thematic succession without beginning or end and it can start being contemplated from any point. It narrates the philosophy of ancient solar traditions. This work is dedicated to humankind’s ideal in search of light, good and wisdom for elevating the spirit and thus detach from the shadows of evil and ignorance. NEVADO DE TOLUCA Xinantécatl, better known as Nevado de Toluca, is one of the great inactive volcanoes of Mexico. It is located in Estado de Mexico, between Toluca and Tenango valleys, 22 kilometers to the southeast of the capital. It reaches an altitude of 4,690 meters over sea level, placing it as the fourth highest peak in Mexico. Its crater is open to the public for enjoying its two lagoons: the Sun and the Moon. It can be accessed on all-terrain vehicles, from the skirts of the volcano, where Los Venados National Park is crossed for reaching Nevado de Toluca National Park with access to the crater. The path is quite sinuous and takes about an hour to reach by car.

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