Nevado de Toluca, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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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  • It is 4,700 m peaks within 2-3 hours by car from Mexico City. Trick is to slowly walk off the trailhead parking lot is like many people already go to 4,500 metres above sea level more often than not the symptoms of altitude sickness. 3 hours came in about 4,700 m peak. View from the peak is really "great? ~!", popocatepetl smoke rises in the mountains around, there also appeared. Participation in the tour is recommended otherwise, mountain climbing enthusiasts. I applied to the tour company called the Mountain Experience (in Mexico City). City (Condesa district) group disbanded, by 6 o'clock the morning 9:00 incidence, helmet walking stick sandwich and climbing guide (English) in the name 1450 pesos. Note: we do not recommend more prone to altitude sickness.
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  • I booked with ecotours and my day trip was more than I expected. The send me 3 wonderful guides just for me. They took such good care of me and helped me with everything. They showed me so much about ...  more »
  • My first visit and it was incredible. I was lucky to find the snow-covered with snow. Easy access if you go by car since you can reach the third refuge where you can park your car and walk to see the lagoon. There are toilets there. The place is incredibly beautiful and the view of the lagoon is simply spectacular. The day I was due to the fact that a storm was approaching, we were told q had not access to the lagoon, which was so incredible
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