Travelling thru Toluca October 14, 2006, we were stopped by state police and charged with having luggage in the car. No kidding. We were stopped by 5 uniformed armed policemen and since we do not speak spanish yet we were given a cell phone and spoke the to their commander. He said either pay the fine of 3000pesos later reduced to 2000pesos or have the car impounded and we go to jail. Since they had the guns and we wanted to get to Taxco before dark we paid. We were given a polic escort out of town. There were a total of 8 police involved. This was not an individual policeman on the take but 8 of them so we were scarred not to pay. No charges were made. No paperwork. No names and no receipt was allowed. All of our paperwork is in order.
Is there a real law that does not allow baggage inside a car? I doubt it.
Unique Suggestions: DONT GO TO OR THRU TOLUCA MEXICO
Fun Alternatives: FIND A WAY AROUND TOLUCA
Some of the guide books talk about the quaint Indian market in Toluca on Fridays. These guide books must be 50 years out of date. They do hava a market day on Fridays, but it is like a gigantic flea market where they sell Chinese made cheap toys, clothes, trinkets, etc. It clogs the streets around the bus depot. Toluca is a great place to live and visit six days of the week, but AVOID FRIDAYS. Another problem is that the Chilangos (people from Mexico City) try to get out of Mexico City and go to the Valle de Bravo area, and that adds to the Friday congestion. So, if you are in Toluca on Fridays, stay away from the bus depot.
It's okay to take taxi in Toluca, costs cheap, but bewared that some drivers will try to get extra cost from you, foreigners. Remember to 'watch' the driver to turn on the timer/counter before you get in it. Or tell the driver your destination and confirm the price with him before you decide to take the taxi.