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Nevado de Toluca, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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Nevado de Toluca is a large stratovolcano in central Mexico, located about 80km west of Mexico City near the city of Toluca. It is generally cited as the fourth highest of Mexico's peaks, after Pico de Orizaba, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, although by some measurements, Sierra Negra is slightly higher.EtymologyIt is often called by the Nahuatl name Xinantecatl which is usually translate as The Naked Lord, Señor Desnudo in Spanish, although other etymologies have been suggested such as "Lord of the Corn Stalks", Tzinacantecatl or Zinacantepec (Mountain of the Bats). Recently other evidence regarding the etymologies of this mountain have surfaced and after many archeology discoveries in and around the area. It has been concluded that its correct etymology is Chicnauhtecatl meaning "nine lakes" as the top of the cone has various deep lakes.DescriptionThe volcano has a 1.5km wide summit caldera which is open to the east. The highest summit, 4680m Pico del Fraile (Friar's Peak), is on the southwest side of the crater and the second highest, 4640m Pico del Aguila (Eagle's Peak), is on the northwest. There are two crater lakes on the floor of the basin at about 4200m, the larger Lago del Sol (Sun Lake) and the smaller, but deeper, Lago de la Luna (Moon Lake). A road formerly ran into the caldera to the lakes, making this perhaps the most accessible major Mexican peak. The road is now gated 2 km before the lakes.
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  • The Nevado de Toluca takes your breath away with it's beauty and the altitude of about 4,200m (at the main parking lot) that goes even higher if you decide to scale the dormant volcano. Getting to the...  more »
  • It is a very nice, perfect place to go a day on weekends. Recommendations is to carry sunglasses, double pants and socks, boots for walking as the jeep or another brand, something to cover your ears (Cap, earmuffs) because the wind is very cold, scarf, thick jacket and several layers under the jacket to go removing if you get heat (1blusa, 2 sweater, 1sudadera and over the jacket). Also it is advisable to take some candies or foods with a high caloric content and pills for headache because many people feel bad when climbing and even give them nausea.
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  • When you go to this magic place, prior activates your senses to the fullest, feel the silence, taste the air, listen mother to whisper, smell the singing of the fauna, observes the perfect order that exists in this place, and most importantly, respect it!
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