Attractions of Estado de México

A wide range of tourist attractions has positioned this lovely state as the fifth favorite destination for visitors coming into Mexican land. Archeological sites, public resorts, popular markets offering original crafts plus ecotourism and extreme sports are just some of the options the region has to offer.

LA ESTRELLA GROTTO
La Estrella Grotto IS a magic underground scenario hosting beautiful and impressive natural formations: stalactites, stalagmites and other whimsical natural sculptures, produced by water dripping through the rock’s fissures, depositing mineral salts and calcium bicarbonate that create forms that have been named the Mammoth, the Couple, the Hand and the Palace.

This grotto has been fixed and equipped with paths, stairways, bridges and a lighting system that provide great comfort and safety for visitors. The tour requires going up and down slopes and steps, so it is recommended to take precautions and dress appropriately for the adventure.

OTOMI CEREMONIAL CENTER
In the wooded region of Temoaya municipality, settled amid the beautiful landscapes of pine and oak trees is this vestige of the Otomi culture. An enormous enclosure that spans over almost 50 hectares and is formed by a series of constructions that were once a social gathering, religious and political center. This site was erected on the skirts of Las Navajas mountain, reaching an altitude of 2,800 meters over sea level.

This site includes architectural and sculptural elements within a pleasant and interesting urban composition of plazas, pathways, arbors, columns and cones that incorporate a great number of images and symbols that narrate the profound religious philosophies of these fascinating people.

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.

TEOTIHUACAN
This Mexican archeological site has the greatest number of visitors in Mexico. Which ethnic group deserves credit for this great pre-Columbian city is still ignored, but it has been proven that it was a cosmopolitan site, where the era’s greatest cultures converged. It is known by the Mexica word Teotihuacan meaning, “where men become gods”. Thirty thousand persons once inhabited this ancient ceremonial center over an area of 21 squared kilometers. Currently, it is one of the most important archeological sites in America for its characteristic urban design, monumental architecture and powerful influence and appeal it still has. It belongs to the list of UNESCO World Heritage since 1987.


IXTAPAN DE LA SAL
This beautiful town was formed by the migration of an indigenous group that when traveling from the Pacific Coast to the Great Tenochtitlan in 1394, discovered generous hot springs that formed salt dunes. Because salt was a highly valued item for commercial exchange during that era, they decided to stay there for exploiting that natural resource.

For being only 82 kilometers from Toluca, Ixtapan de la Sal is the vacation spot for hundreds of tourists who every season enjoy its hot water springs. This small and beautiful Mexiquense city is the typical image of a pleasant Mexican town, with narrow cobblestone streets and red tile roofs decorating its downtown homes in contrast with the modern and well-structured tourism offer formed by the famous Water Park and hotels, restaurants, great resorts and spas of excellent quality that have promoted the development of this ideal vacation spot through facilities for conventions, business meetings, sports, golf, ecotourism and exploration.


 

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