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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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  • Nevado the Toluca is pretty close to Toluca and is a must if you are no affected by the altitude. The trekking itself is not really hard and can be done with some reasonable effort. It can take betwee...  more »
  • I visited Nevado de Toluca in February 2017 and it was an amazing experience. The view and the experience of climbing so high up and just taking a moment to take it all in, was well worth it. A couple...  more »
  • This place is fantastic, not only because of the views, but also because of the nature and the surroundings. Without knowing we chose a very windy and foggy day and of course it was very cold, but it ...  more »