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Looking for a winter destination? Guide to visit the Nevado de Toluca

In the State of Mexico, the Toulca’s snowy It’s one of the favorite winter destinations, because especially in December, January and February it is characterized by its snow and gives many Mexicans that dreamy “white Christmas”.

There are several places in the country where there is usually snow, such as the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes (State of Mexico and Puebla), the La Malinche National Park (Tlaxcala and Puebla), Creel (Chihuahua) or the Pico de Orizaba (Puebla); however, it is a rare experience.

The last time there was snow on the Mexico City It was on January 11, 1967, more than half a century ago, since then the only snow that Chilangos have known is the artificial one or the closest thing: the famous ice rinks.

Especially for those who live in the center of the country, the Toulca’s snowy It is a great Christmas option, however, take into account that the weather is variable and there is no snow all winter, although the experience is impressive anyway.

Where is the Nevado de Toluca?

This volcano of large lagoons is also known as Xinantécatl, which in Nahuatl means “naked man”, is located between the municipalities of Calimaya, Zinacantepec, Tenango del Valle and Villa Guerrero.

It is about an hour and 45 minutes from Mexico City and 45 minutes from Toluca.

So that you don’t get lost, you can put the Deer Park as a destination on Google Maps, there is the only authorized access to visit the crater and the parking lot, if you go by car.


The Nevado de Toluca is open from Tuesday through Sunday, with a schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

It is advisable to arrive very early, take into account that there is limited space due to the COVID pandemic, since only a capacity of 700 visitors per day is allowed in the crater area.

Also, the ascent can take more than four hours.

How to climb the Nevado de Toluca?

According to the Nevado de Toluca Flora and Fauna Protection Area, you ascend its slopes on a dirt road, a bracelet must be purchased to enter the crater and follow the recommendations of the staff.

It is not recommended that people with cardiac or respiratory conditions go up.

How much is admission?

The admission costs 50 pesos for the general publicMinors under 12 years of age, people with disabilities, seniors with INAPAM credentials, pensioners and retirees are exempt from payment; likewise, students and teachers with valid credentials have a 50 percent discount.

What to see in the Nevado de Toluca?

It can be visited from the slopes of the volcano to the central area of ​​the crater, where its beautiful views.

There are two semi craters occupied by two incredible lagoons with crystalline waters: “El Sol” (the largest) and “La Luna”, there are those who practice high-altitude diving, a permit is necessary, but it is not recommended in winter because the waters they are very cold.

From the heights you can see the Toluca Valley, snow in winter and views of the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes.

Clothes to visit the Nevado de Toluca

In winter you should wear warm clothes because temperatures can drop below 0º C. Wear non-slip, thick-soled shoes.

What to eat in the Nevado de Toluca?

For your journey, bring water and snacks such as nuts, to recover energy, do not forget to collect any garbage.

In the surroundings there are various places to eat.

Can I bring my pet?

This Forbidden to enter the crater with pets.

According to the Nevado de Toluca Flora and Fauna Protection Area, this is because the habitat of the dogs is not wild nature and the altitude can affect them.

In addition, their presence scares away wildlife, their barks cause noise and direct aggression to natural inhabitants, they can induce disease in wildlife and by marking their territory it scares away mammals.


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