Toluca, Metepec & Valle de Bravo

28. – 30.08.2019

In Toluca, we stayed at a German friend’s house. The city, although industrial, has a charming center with nice colonial buildings. Seeing it on the way to dinner (black dough pizza 🙂 ) and back in the dark was definitely enough time.

The City Center of Toluca

The next morning we woke up early in order to go to the Nevado de Toluca, a volcano located about 45 minutes away from the city that has two lagoons at the crater known as the Sun and Moon lagoons. The hike was easy and I really liked being back in nature surrounded by beautiful views and clean air. But I do have to say that if you are hiking this trail, make sure to take the right shoes – the floor is loose and made out of gravel, so it’s easy to fall down if you don’t pay attention (like Asis 😉 ).

Metepec is a nice charming town that we went to after the hike. It is the birthplace of the Tree of Life – a Mexican craft that’s sold all over the country. It originally represented Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden but now there are many different representations. The one I got is tiny and very cool – it was painted by hand just for me! The town also has representations of the tree all over the place. Another specialty here is the church on top of a hill with some very nice forests and beautiful flowers behind it. We spent a wonderful afternoon in Metepec – definitely worth a visit!

The next day, the three of us went to Valle de Bravo – a nice, quiet town about 1 hour away from Toluca. Located at a lake, it’s a very popular tourist destination in the center of Mexico – especially, when the Monarch butterflies arrive in winter. The city is nice, clean and has a very peculiar feel to it with its white houses. The views are gorgeous – we enjoyed them while having dinner with the sun in our faces. In total, Valle de Bravo is a nice little town worth a visit when in this area!

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