Toluca, a treasure to discover

usuario Alexia Arana

Capital of the State of Mexico, Toluca is a treasure to be discovered, it has a large number of natural and colonial attractions. It has a great architectural style that will leave you in awe once you get to know it.
Many visit Toluca to escape the daily routine of Mexico City, and if what you want is a quick getaway from the big city, here you have what you should not miss in Toluca.

How do I get to Toluca?
From Mexico City, the trip lasts approximately 45 minutes by car, taking the federal highway or toll highway, if you travel by bus the trip lasts one hour and 30 minutes.

Walk through Toluca
The first stop is at the Cathedral of Toluca, it has an impressive construction dating from the beginning of the 20th century and a neoclassical style on the outside, as well as a baroque style on the inside.
In the past, it was a Franciscan Convent and once you set foot inside you can feel a lighter environment.
To learn a little more about ancient Mexico, the next attraction that we will tell you about is Teotenango, a pre-Hispanic city located south of the Toluca Valley.

The Teotihuacan civilization found it, a group known as Teotenancas, and later, with the arrival of the Matlatzincas, this imposing place became a religious and military center.
It now serves as a museum, Museo Arqueologico Roman Piña Chan, where you can learn more about the Teotenancas, and archaeological pieces that were found on the site.

Cosmovitral Botanical Garden
Continuing our tour of Toluca, a mandatory visit is to the Cosmovitral Botanical Garden, located on Lerdo de Tejada street. With an art nouveau style construction, it first served as the Mercado 16 de Septiembre, but when it was relocated, it was turned into a space to connect with nature.

In it, you will find more than 400 species of local plants of the region, and the occasional visitor from Africa and Asia, let yourself be amazed by the diversity of species and by the more than 65 stained glass windows you will find inside.

For the adventurous 
You should not leave Toluca without first having visited one of its most important natural attractions, the imposing Nevado de Toluca; it gives us a spectacular view of the snow covering everything when winter arrives, but no matter what season of the year you go, the views are always incredible.
From the top you can admire the lagoons known as Sol y Luna.

It is important to mention that as you go up, the elevation increases, so if you are not used to physical activity, take it easy and go only as far as your body allows you.

32 kilometers from the city (about 20 miles), is one of the most important national parks, the unique La Marquesa, near the Sierra del Ajusco, the perfect place for outdoor activities.

In it you will find a world of activities to do, such as camping, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding, and one of the most important, you will find various typical food stalls of the region, to satisfy your palate.

Mexico is one of the countries with the most cultural and natural diversity, which is why it has a large number of cities to discover. Continue discovering more of Mexico with us.

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