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Route from the Valley to the Mountains

Malinalco, Ixtapan de la Sal, Metepec, Toluca

Your route departs from the capital city of the Estado de México (State of Mexico): Toluca. This city is one of the most important industrial and educational centers in the country. If you like museums, here you will find everything from anthropology to modern art, including, of course, the one dedicated to the great muralist José María Velasco.

Leaving the bustle of the state capital city behind, it is time to visit the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Metepec. One of the most emblematic spots of this place is the Cerro de los Magueyes (Magueyes Hill). To reach its top you will have to climb a steep 95 meter (312 ft.) staircase, but we assure you that it will be worth it. Once you get to the top you will be able to admire the view of the town and visit the former convent of San Juan. On your way to the downtown area, you will find the pottery workshops that have made Metepec famous. We recommend you to buy one of the colorful representations of the "Tree of Life", to take back with you as a piece of this area’s cultural wealth.

Over an hour to the south is the next Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town): Malinalco, a site of great importance for Aztec culture. Here you can visit the archaeological site; the santuario del Señor de Chalma (Señor de Chalma Sanctuary), a pilgrimage destination of Catholic worship; the Museo Universitario (University Museum); and the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture), among others.

Continuing the journey to the southwest you will arrive at Ixtapan de la Sal. The thermal springs are the reason for the great popularity of this small colonial city. Here you can enjoy the hot springs in its different spas and give yourself the opportunity to relax and, according to some people, improve your health. Also remember to visit the historic center, the Jardín Central (Central Garden), and the Iglesia de la Asunción de María (Asunción de María Church), built in the 16th century.

The tour ends in the city of Taxco de Alarcón, located in the neighboring state of Guerrero. This place had great importance during the prehispanic period and continues to be so today due to its high purity silver mines and the expertise of the local goldsmiths. The main attractions of the city’s downtown area are the Casa Borda (Borda House); the Baroque style Parroquia de Santa Prisca y San Sebastián (Santa Prisca and San Sebastián Parish); the William Spratling and Casa Humboldt museums; and the former convent of San Bernardino de Siena. At night, the main square comes to life. We recommend you to try the different traditional dishes of Taxco, such as mole rosa, pozole and, if you dare, jumiles and iguana tacos. Bon Appetit!
Your route departs from the capital city of the Estado de México (State of Mexico): Toluca. This city is one of the most important industrial and educational centers in the country. If you like museums, here you will find everything from anthropology to modern art, including, of course, the one dedicated to the great muralist José María Velasco.

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Leaving the bustle of the state capital city behind, it is time to visit the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Metepec. One of the most emblematic spots of this place is the Cerro de los Magueyes (Magueyes Hill). To reach its top you will have to climb a steep 95 meter (312 ft.) staircase, but we assure you that it will be worth it. Once you get to the top you will be able to admire the view of the town and visit the former convent of San Juan. On your way to the downtown area, you will find the pottery workshops that have made Metepec famous. We recommend you to buy one of the colorful representations of the "Tree of Life", to take back with you as a piece of this area’s cultural wealth.

Over an hour to the south is the next Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town): Malinalco, a site of great importance for Aztec culture. Here you can visit the archaeological site; the santuario del Señor de Chalma (Señor de Chalma Sanctuary), a pilgrimage destination of Catholic worship; the Museo Universitario (University Museum); and the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture), among others.

Continuing the journey to the southwest you will arrive at Ixtapan de la Sal. The thermal springs are the reason for the great popularity of this small colonial city. Here you can enjoy the hot springs in its different spas and give yourself the opportunity to relax and, according to some people, improve your health. Also remember to visit the historic center, the Jardín Central (Central Garden), and the Iglesia de la Asunción de María (Asunción de María Church), built in the 16th century.

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