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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 ideal is to arrive early and well tour, because the only stop to eat something the net is that it is not good (bad food), the way of terrazeria this tannn badly, is not ideal for children from the age of 12, you should go very well warm and don't forget the sunblock, sunglasses and water, although we were in time where there is no snow the truth is that worth knowing it , they are stunning views... the place is beautiful and spectacular!
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  • We arrived very early bus to the base of the volcano, from there we moved in trucks of the attraction at a cost of $50 pesos per person, we were taken to the hut which is about 4100 meters above sea level. Unpleasant all of this experience are the health, there was no water to wash your hands, and worse still a local person was carrying buckets of water so that people will use them to download the toilet. What a shame for the people who come from other parts of the world. We made a walk of 2 km of back and forth, we climb to the crater and then went down to the Lake of the Sun. There was ice on the Lake, little snow to say to almost zero. A wonder to know these magic places of Mexico. Bring 2 liters of water, sweater, Cap for cold and jacket. We were about 0 ° C at the end of February. Lowering the wheelhouse to the base again it is necessary to pay the $50 pesos to drivers of the vans. Now I know what feels like livestock when they all piled in redilas them of the truck. Another thing that should be noted here is that drivers were very quick on the way down, not is if did to do more laps in less time or not, but you can not have this lack of culture in a place that was a national park.
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  • The road uphill while you can drive is fine since it is very flat so there is no irrigation that your car will punch you a tire or something. Hajj wrap very well since the cold night reach the ° ¢ _4_stitch.
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