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Nevado de Toluca

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When the first snowfall (between December and January), all travelers look at Mexico’s fourth highest mountain—the Nevado de Toluca or Xinantécatl, which in the Nahuatl means “naked lord”. This 4,600-meters-height extinct volcano has nine peaks and two lagoons that create one of the best natural wonders in Toluca surroundings.

The Nevado de Toluca is an Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna (Flora and Fauna Protection Area) in which you can practice hiking to admire teporingos or volcanoes rabbits (Romerolagus diazi, an endemic and endangered specie) and ascend to two of its most popular peaks among mountaineers: the Águila and the Fraile, that surround part of volcano crater.

From these points you can watch Sol and Luna lagoons, two semi-craters flooded with turquoise waters where water-deities’ devout people deposited offerings in ceramic vessels.

In warmer months, the Nevado de Toluca reveals the minerals that make up its steep-walls creating an ocher, reddish and yellow tunes landscape due to the high calcium, phosphorus, iron, silicon, zinc, potassium, carbon and sulfate content.

Visiting the Nevado de Toluca is a unique experience. However, for extreme activities such as rappelling, mountain biking, climbing or mountaineering, you must hire a specialized tour operator, since the terrain represents some typical high mountain risks such as dizziness, vomiting and disorientation.
When the first snowfall (between December and January), all travelers look at Mexico’s fourth highest mountain—the Nevado de Toluca or Xinantécatl, which in the Nahuatl means “naked lord”. This 4,600-meters-height extinct volcano has nine peaks and two lagoons that create one of the best natural wonders in Toluca surroundings.

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The Nevado de Toluca is an Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna (Flora and Fauna Protection Area) in which you can practice hiking to admire teporingos or volcanoes rabbits (Romerolagus diazi, an endemic and endangered specie) and ascend to two of its most popular peaks among mountaineers: the Águila and the Fraile, that surround part of volcano crater.

From these points you can watch Sol and Luna lagoons, two semi-craters flooded with turquoise waters where water-deities’ devout people deposited offerings in ceramic vessels.

In warmer months, the Nevado de Toluca reveals the minerals that make up its steep-walls creating an ocher, reddish and yellow tunes landscape due to the high calcium, phosphorus, iron, silicon, zinc, potassium, carbon and sulfate content.

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