Toluca, Estado de México, Mexico


The modern and increasingly industrialized city of Toluca has managed to preserve the great cultural and artistic heritage of the area, characterized by its fertile valleys and the artistic genius of its people

About Toluca, Estado de México, Mexico

Toluca is a Mexican city, capital of the State of Mexico and head of the municipality of the same name. The valley of Toluca is surrounded by mountain ridges and plowed through by the Lerma River. It was settlement of several indigenous groups, including the Matlazinca, the Otomi, the Mazahua, and the Malinalca, among others.

This destination is one of the cities with the highest architectural richness of central Mexico. It has a clear contrast between cultural heritage and innovation, which make of the capital of the State of Mexico one of the most dynamic cities in the whole country due to the fusion of many elements from local indigenous groups with the modernity of the city, featuring extensive hotel infrastructure and legendary archaeological sites nearby.

In the historic center there are countless buildings constructed between the 17th and 19th centuries. Los Portales, a series of arches with nice shops and restaurants, are meeting and reference point, as well as social and commercial hub of the city. Toluca Cathedral, with a neo-classical style, recalls the ancient Roman basilicas. The Temple of Santa Veracruz, where the Black Christ is worshiped, and the Church of La Merced, displaying 18th-century oil paintings, are also noteworthy.

For fine art lovers, Toluca features several museums where various exhibitions are shown. In fact, it is the second city with the largest number of museums in Mexico, including the Mexiquense Cultural Center, where the Museum of Anthropology and History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Popular Culture are set, as well as the Historical Archive and the Central Public Library.

Another landmark of Toluca is the spectacular Cosmovitral, with an extension of nearly 2,000 square meters (20,520 sq ft), being one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. The theme of the stained glass is man and cosmos, the duality between good and evil, life and death, creation and destruction.

The surroundings of Toluca are ideal to enjoy nature and recreational activities. Insurgente Miguel Hidalgo National Park, popularly known as La Marquesa, offers the opportunity to practice a great variety of extreme sports and outdoor activities. Nevado de Toluca, a popular ecotourism site, is the fourth highest volcano in the country and the only one in the world with a crater that can be reached by car. The nearby community of Metepec is famous for its talented artisans who make the popular Tree of Life in ceramic.

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).