Toluca

Travel Guide
Metepec

Learn about indigenous and colonial history in this dynamic municipality. Explore the rugged surrounding countryside for its parks and quaint villages.

Toluca is a developed and thriving city with modern amenities. The high altitude creates a pleasant climate in this city, which was a pivotal pre-Columbian and colonial hub. Visit the various museums and churches that decorate the quaint historic center for a sense of its rich history.

Browse the range of exhibits at the José María Velasco Museum, which displays some of its namesake artist’s best works. Gaze up at paintings, statues and other features on the façade of the San José de Toluca Cathedral. Many cafés and restaurants adorn the streets of the historic center. Try the city’s famed green and red chorizo sausages.

To the west is Lake Avandaro, where you will find dense woodland, waterfalls and hiking trails. Rent a boat or take a Jet Ski out on the water and admire the spectacular views of the surrounding hills reflected on the lake.

Explore the quaint town center of Valle de Bravo. Relax beside the waterfall of the Velo de Novia park in Avandaro. Sunbathe in the park to enjoy the year-round warm weather due to the town’s high altitude and proximity to the equator. The region is generally dry from November to March and fairly wet from June through September.

Travel to the southeastern outskirts of Toluca and the charming town of Metepec. Arrive at the Centro de Exposición y Venta Artesanal to see the emblematic Tree of Life clay sculptures that portray biblical scenes in spectacular color. Climb the zigzagging steps to the Church of Calvary and admire the yellow colonial façade of the San Juan Bautista Church.

Arrive at Mexico City International Airport and drive west for 1 to 2 hours to reach Toluca. The city is about 45 miles (70 kilometers) from the country’s capital. Visit nearby parks, such as the Nevado de Toluca National Park.

Toluca is a fascinating cultural hub with an intricate history and scenic parks.

Where to stay in Toluca

Capital O Quinta del Rey Express
Capital O Quinta del Rey Express
3 out of 5
San Antonio 102, Toluca de Lerdo, San Pedro Totoltepec, Toluca, MEX
The price is $28 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in Toluca, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Toluca Convention and Exhibition Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Plaza Sendero Toluca. Centro Dinámico ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (762 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun 2, 2021

Capital O Quinta del Rey Express
Hotel Misión Grand Valle De Bravo
Hotel Misión Grand Valle De Bravo
3 out of 5
Fontana Brava s/n Col. Avandaro, Valle de Bravo, MEX
The price is $108 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Situated in Valle de Bravo, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from La Cascada, Valle de Bravo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Avandaro and Sanctuary of Santa Maria ...
4/5 Very Good! (603 reviews)
"The cascade and river"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Hotel Misión Grand Valle De Bravo
Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel, Spa & Convention Center
Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel, Spa & Convention Center
4.5 out of 5
Jose Ma. Morelos s/n, Fraccionamiento Bugambilias, Ixtapan de la Sal, MEX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $59 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
This family-friendly Ixtapan de la Sal hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ixtapan Aquatic Park and Tonatico Municipal Pool. La Estrella ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (962 reviews)
"It would be nice if they have a mini fridge in the rooms."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel, Spa & Convention Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cabañas Monte Alto Hotel Boutique
Cabañas Monte Alto Hotel Boutique
3 out of 5
Calle del Roble S/N, Monte Alto, Avandaro, Valle de Bravo, MEX
The price is $48 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in the suburbs, this cabin is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from La Cascada, Valle de Bravo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Avandaro and Sanctuary of Santa Maria Ahuacatlán. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (100 reviews)
"Terrible place Terrible place Terrible place Terrible place"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2020

Cabañas Monte Alto Hotel Boutique
Rodavento Boutique Hotel
Rodavento Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Km 3.5 carretera Valle de Bravo, Los Saucos, Valle de Bravo, MEX
The price is $193 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
This family-friendly Valle de Bravo cabin is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of La Cascada, Valle de Bravo and Lake Avandaro. Artisan Market and Velo de ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (248 reviews)
"Excellent place and great location."

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Rodavento Boutique Hotel
Cabañas El Estribo Hotel
Cabañas El Estribo Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Camino a Santa Teresa km 1.8, La Laguna el Pedregal, Valle de Bravo, MEX
The price is $80 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Rancho Avandaro Country Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Velo de Novia Waterfalls and Sanctuary ...
3.8/5 Good! (56 reviews)
Perfect weekend!
"Great expericence for a weekend escape! Beautiful cabins, employees with grat service attitude, good food at a decent price. Will absolutely cononsider stayig there again and recommend the place."

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

Cabañas El Estribo Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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