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Toluca Things to Do

  • Cosmovitral and its botanical garden

    Cosmovitral is in an amazing Art Noveau architecture structure and also it's famous for its flora and noted for its stained-glass panes that encircle the upper-story of the building depicting the cosmos. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m and the entrance is very cheap. There are guided tours to explain the Cosmovitral's stained glass...

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  • Beautiful architecture

    Don't you miss the opportunity to go inside the Toluca Cathedral. It is very beautiful inside and it has an amazing architecture.

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  • Glass and Flora -- only 10 pesos

    Toluca's Cosmovitral is reason enough to make the trip. It's a botanical garden housed in an art deco building -- literally dripping with stained glass.

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  • Volcano Shinantekatl 2

    On the top of the volcano,there is a flower (I don't remember the name),but it only grow here and nowhere else in the world.And it grows here on very bad ground and in very bad conditions.Don't think that I am crazy about the flowers,but this one is intereesting.:-)

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  • Volcano Shinantekatl

    On some 4500 m,near Toluca is one dead volcano.You can see it form anywhere in the city.On the top are some lakes,and believe me,it is one the most pritiest sights I have ever seen.So,go up and see why was filmed here "Conan 1",and wear soemthing warm,becouse up you are above the clouds.

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  • downtown Portales

    Downtown Toluca is a happy place to wander around: shops, restaurants, performers, about a half dozen old churches, government offices. There are also about a half dozen museums close by: art, stamps, coins, etc. Within a few blocks east or west there are public parks for the kids. This is a romantic place for a couple to walk around, or a fun...

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Toluca Restaurants

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    by jorgeparada Written Sep 23, 2002

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    Here is a very good mexican food, but expensive, why?, becasue you can go to a real mercado in downtown and you can eat the same half of the price. But the good news is ther if you are not mexican, better try the mexican food here, because is very cleen, and the enviorment of the restaurant is a Tradicional Mercado.

    Favorite Dish: Enchiladas, Tortas ahogadas, Cemitas de Carnitas, Chalupas, Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza....

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Toluca Nightlife

  • Playing the crowd

    by Zeta2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Live music on Thursay, Friday and Saturday. Lation America singer and Dance. Rock and Roll band That sings in both English and Espanol And a Trubador that has a beautiful voice and sings songs that everybody knows and joins in, and they all like to sing.As an American it was great entertainment to watch the different styles of dance and listen to them sing. Maybe in Germany is the only place similar.

    Not to forget the great service and the food with a good bar selection.

    Dress Code: Casual to Shirt and tie.

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Toluca Transportation

  • by solis Written May 12, 2003

    Toluca has over 5000 registered taxis for a population of about half a million. That is one of the best taxi ratios anywhere. I have a car and pickup at the house, but rarely take them out of the garage. Just go to any major street and you should see a little blue taxi in a minute or two. Negotiate a price before you enter, rarely will it be more than 20 pesos (unless it is in the middle of the night and you are getting out of the bus depot).

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Toluca Shopping

  • by solis Written May 12, 2003

    There are many fine malls in Toluca, especially upscale in Metepec, but I prefer the Gran Plaza Toluca. It is only a few blocks from downtown Portales. There are three civercafes, cinema, food court, clean bathrooms, a variety of stores from upscale clothing, to Suburbia to Gigante. The public transportation (busses and taxis) to and from is good.

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Toluca Local Customs

  • by Chierong Written Dec 11, 2002

    It's hard to find a "bus stop" in Toluca. But if you stay here long enough, you would find there are some place gathering people waiting for buses. When there's a bus coming, you should read the "stops" in front of the bus quickly (they put all the stops on the window), then wave your hand, then, jump into the bus.

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Toluca Tourist Traps

  • bad state police

    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...

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  • avoid Fridays

    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...

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  • Taxi:It's okay to take taxi...

    Taxi: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.

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Toluca What to Pack

  • everything is here

    Of course you have to be prepared for the COLD anytime of year and the heavy rains each summer afternoon and early evening, but most things you need can be bought here. WalMart and Carrefour are probably the largest stores, but there is also Aurrera, Gigante, Comercial, Supercompras, Garces, Garis.

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  • Packing List

    Naveda de TolucaBring your long-leave shirts or jackets there....it's sometimes pretty cold at the night in Toluca. Even it's Summer time.

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Toluca Off The Beaten Path

  • Bust out the spray paint!

    Graffiti is everywhere in Toluca, ranging from amazing wall murals to amateur junk. Since you can't escape it, just embrace it. It's a good excuse to get lost in town -- you'll find some fine examples of graffiti art. Que clandestino!!

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  • Climb the Nevado de Toluca! A...

    Climb the Nevado de Toluca! A dormant snow-capped volcano, with 2 lakes in its crater. Close to the city, tours available.

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  • The extinct volcano 'Nevado de...

    The extinct volcano 'Nevado de Toluca' (4690 m. high) is located South of Toluca. The crater contains two beautiful high altitude lakes. It is possible to do short hikes inside or around the volcano, or climb from within the crater to the ridge (quite a strenuous attempt requiring a good level of fitness and appropriate hiking shoes). The air is...

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Toluca Sports & Outdoors

  • by solis Written May 12, 2003

    Of all the cities in Mexico, Toluca is the most obsessed with sports. Most people know about the professional soccer team, perrenial champs, but sports are big at every school. On weekends in public park you can see the autoworkers and pharmaceutical workers play in amateur leagues. Many public parks also have exercise tracks, and you will see homemakers and retired people jogging and power walking. Basketball is also popular in the parks.

    Warning: if you join the locals in a pick up game of soccer or basketball, they are good and the air is thin.

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Toluca Favorites

  • cold!

    This May is the warmest it has ever been in Toluca, but the normal temperature is COLD. Toluca is consistently the coldest city in Mexico. Snow may fall in the winter. Hail is common in the summer. Nighttime temperatures can dip into the 30s in summer, in the teens in winter, but the next morning it can hit the 60s.Rule of thumb: whatever the...

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  • Toluca is not that big as I...

    Toluca is not that big as I thought before I got there. It takes 1 hour to Toluca from Mexico city by bus. You can buy the bus ticket in the airport, it costs 50 pesos. Spent 6 months in Toluca and lived with my host family in the Plaza Las Americas. It's not close to the downtown, but it's good. My host-mom named Susan, and host-sister named...

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