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“Be prepare, you will get tired!”
Review of Nevado de Toluca

Nevado de Toluca
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Owner description: A 14,000-foot snow-capped volcano.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

If you want to see the cool part of "El Nevado" you need to be prepare for it. You have to walk up is not a long road but it feels like you are missing all the oxygen. But when you arrive it is amazing.

The you have to decide if you want to go down again to the lake.

Sometimes it could be really cold, so be prepare for that. Take some water with you and/or food. But watch out because there are no restrooms, only in the parking lot.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Ninaa C
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Incredible landscape and views. $50 MX fee to enter the park, and there is a parking lot with some vendors at the entry point. Would not recommend hiking to the summit, unless you are up for a day long strenuous hike. Rather would recommend catching a ride to the summit via one of the trucks or vans that ferry people back and fourth to summit (most charge $50 MX per person each way). It is approximately a 1 hour ascent, and 45 minute descent. When you get to the parking lot at the top there are some food vendors and restrooms (no running water). From there it is approximately a 2 KM hike up a very steep incline to reach the crater. The altitude and wind make this hike a bit strenuous and cold. Once you reach the crater you can walk over the lip, and get out of the wind, and if the sun is shining you will be very comfortable. You can also walk down into the crater and around the lakes, and back up the near vertical sides of the crater to the summit. Then catch a ride back to the park entry. Be aware you will be covered in dust, and you will be warm from hiking and then cold once you stop, so dress appropriately. Also recommend you take sunscreen.

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank crissmv2018
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

When we visited, we were going in fairly blind. There isn’t much information about ways to get to the top, or what to expect while you’re there. This place is great to visit. Make sure that you have a way up to the top. The park “staff” at the base camp aren’t very friendly. If you aren’t a local they might say that cars aren’t allowed past base camp (which they most definitely are) and try to charge you an exhorbitant amount to drive you up and down themselves. You can either drive this 13km stretch with your own car, take a taxi, Uber, or walk. Would not recommend walking unless you’re used to the altitude and are ready for a very long hike. It’s about a 30minute drive up. Once you reach the top car park, you have to hike to visit the moon lake and sun lake. The height of this section is above 4600m (very high altitude) and if you’re not used to it, the hike will be difficult. However the breathtaking view is worth it.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Shan S
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Overall: beautiful, not too difficult to get to via public transit, requires a bit of advanced planning, can be an intense hiking experience but don't be intimidated - you don't have to hike for a long ways to enjoy the beauty.

Access: Took a bus from Terminal Poniente near the Observatorio station. Very easy to find and lovely ride to Toluca! From there, a taxi from the bus terminal in Toluca cost 460 pesos each way all the way to the trailhead (weekend travelers will have a different experience - taxis are not permitted all the way to the trailhead) A little pricey but for us felt well worth it for ease of access, and it's not a short ride. Would recommend scoping other potential hikers on the ride over to split the cost. Our driver waited three hours for us to enjoy the hike, and took us right back to the bus terminal.

Hike itself: We thoroughly enjoyed walking up from the parking lot along a very obvious trail to the edge of the crater, then hiking down to the lake of the moon (the one to the left from the crater) continuing straight, and then hiking up a slightly gnarlier and slightly less obvious but very doable hike to the ridge other side of the crater. Breathtaking views along that ridge! The trail continues down the other side, but it wasn't obvious to us where it ended up, so we came back down and followed the trail along the other lake (the bigger one) back towards the start.

I was confused about the trails reading in advance, but don't worry. The trails are relatively straightforward, and you can chose how intense you want to make it. Just making it to the crater and looking down is a breathtaking experience. One obvious caution - don't push yourself to go anywhere out of reach, off trail looks like it could get dangerous fast.

Other tips:
-check the weather! Layering is a "duh" but our driver told us it was storming and snowy two weeks prior, which wouldve been a bummer to have not checked in advance.
-Water! On weekdays there's no vendors in the parking lots, so bring plenty in advance!
-Do it!

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank Allison B
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

We did a day trip from Mexico City with Nomada Mexico, which we were very glad we did and highly recommend. However, you can definitely do this hike on your own if you're adequately prepared. If you want to to go this route here are my recommendations or tips if you're going with any group:

1. Go on a weekday if possible. We went on a Sunday and it was absolutely crazy busy. The guides told us this hike is becoming more and more popular, and the base is quite the party spot on weekends
2. Drive your own car if possible. Yes the roads are a little bumpy and not the best, but take it slow and be careful and you'll be fine. If you take public transport which is doable, the bus will drop you off at the base of the hill which is about 17 km from the trailhead. Therefore, you'll need to hitch a ride to the trailhead or hike the road the whole way just to get tot the trailhead. When we went on a Sunday the line to hitch a ride was literally almost a hundred people if not more around 9am, so definitely get there early if that is what you're planning to do. From the looks of it some locals basically drive their trucks up and down the road to make money and pile people into the bed of their truck.
3. Dress in layers for the hike and bring snacks/water/sunscreen (as with any hike). We went in January and it was about 30-40 degrees throughout the hike, but the sun and wind exposure quickly change your body temperature. Definitely have a hat, gloves, pants, jacket etc. Also the hike will take you at least a few hours so you'll definitely want at least a liter of water per person and some snacks for the hike
4. As far as the actual route, you'll basically want to do a loop,, not an in an out. The path from the trailhead to the crater is pretty obvious, but once you get to the crater keep walking straight. You'll pass the smaller lake on your left and crater on your right and then keep going straight. up the ridge. Eventually you'll get to a scramble, but is not technically challenging. From there you'll finally be able to see the summit. Once you reach the summit and enjoy your time up there, keep walking forward and then you'll see a path down the scree field. It would be helpful to have trekking poles but they're not necessary. Basically, just walk sideways sliding down the scree and if you do fall just fall onto your butt/backpack. Once you're at the base keep walking past the larger lake and loop back to where you started.

Overall, the hike has some beautiful view and is a great day trip, especially if you're looking to get out of the city for some nature. Just plan ahead and enjoy your trip!

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank Jared B
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