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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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  • To climb to the Summit, I recommend that they hire a specialized group, but do not have many experience. We went with a group of 10 people who picked us up in the city of Mexico, and took us to the Summit of the volcano, gave us a lunch, safety equipment, the more important their experience. You can upload to the Lakes without guides, but get to cover it you need good physical condition and know routes of consent. In December is a good time for is more likely to find snow.
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  • Mexico is beautiful and shows it again with this wonderful view. Honestly before leaving me not make something that much worthwhile but it is good that I was because stopped me the mouth. It is very nice, perfect for a good hike and a harmony with spectacular nature. Worth going!
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  • On 9th February I went with my family to walk to the nevado de Toluca coming out of CD. MX... we went out to las6:30 in the morning and it was very easy to reach roots as well is called the village that is before you get to the dirt road that leads first to a small plain where you pay 40 pesos per truck, very cheap, I recommend breakfast at roots and also stock up on water and juices in the village shops also there to search where breakfast , I have breakfast at the entrance which charge and while tasty seemed very expensive. From that point it gets 17 km more, the teraceria is quite wide and enjoys travel, arriving at the place where the cars are parked there are some cabins and public bathrooms and begins the trek to reach the edge of the crater where the two some are 1 km and the crater completely, although he didn't have much snow the weather was very cold but sunny so bring warm jacket. The ascent is medium difficult but short and from children to adults can go calmly. When you reach the edge of the crater, the view is spectacular. I could go down to the lagoons is another km of descent. I went the Moon lagoon and it is very nice is blue and is very clear and cold. You can walk around and climb the peaks but depends on the physical condition of each person. Return to the edge of the crater is difficult, but doing it slowly is possible. Return to trucks is easy and the Marquise back!
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