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Toluca
Travel Guide

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

El Santuario Resort & Spa
El Santuario Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Carretera a Colorines Km. 4.5, Valle de Bravo, MEX
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$4,794 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Avandaro and within 6 mi (10 km) of Artisan Market and Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Central ...

3.8/5Good! (320 reviews)

"El trato del personal es excelente!!!!! Muy amables y muy amigables, las instalaciones mis respetos!!!! Super recomendado !!!! Ojalá podamos regresar seguido ♥️"…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/12

El Santuario Resort & Spa
Casa Chichipicas Hotel Boutique
Casa Chichipicas Hotel Boutique
4 out of 5
Chichipicas s/n Col. Centro, Valle de Bravo, MEX
The price is NT$3,464 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Located in Agua Fría, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Central Square, and Artisan Market. Lake Avandaro and Sanctuary ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (121 reviews)

"Such a beautiful place surrounded by trees. The doors of the room open wide to a creek and a backyard full of trees and fenced. One can hear birds chirping and it’s quite relaxing. The rooms are well decorated and neat. The service was excellent, the quality of the food at the restaurant was great, ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/23

Casa Chichipicas Hotel Boutique
Hotel Boutique Unico Avandaro
Hotel Boutique Unico Avandaro
3.5 out of 5
Vega del Campo #8, Colonia Avandaro, Valle de Bravo, MEX
The price is NT$5,282 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated in Valle de Bravo, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Velo de Novia Waterfalls, La Cascada, Valle de Bravo, and Lake Avandaro. Sanctuary of Santa Maria ...

4.3/5Excellent! (81 reviews)
Amazing stay!

"It was an amazing stay, food is good, rooms are very comfy (pillows are too big) everything is clean and nice. The hotel is amazing"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/23

Hotel Boutique Unico Avandaro
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.
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 NT$5,251 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (200 reviews)

"El hermoso hotel estaba escondido en el bosque a 25 minutos del centro. Era muy tranquilo, la comida era excelente, todo el personal era muy amable y atento. Los actividades eran muy divertidos. También hay 2 ubicaciones en el centro de llaman Cinco y Casa. Los dos tienen restaurantes y Cinco tiene ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/19

Rodavento Boutique Hotel
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 NT$1,591 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (76 reviews)

"Terrible place Terrible place Terrible place Terrible place"…"

Reviewed on 2020/4/12

Cabañas Monte Alto Hotel Boutique
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 NT$2,054 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rancho Avandaro Country Club, Velo de Novia Waterfalls, and Sanctuary of Santa Maria Ahuacatlán. ...

3.8/5Good! (49 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 2018/12/10

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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