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Amazing trail around the “Nevado de Toluca”. It’s an inactive volcano with a couple of lagoons on its crater

Great hike! Just make sure you get used to the altitude. I am a regular hiker and had a hard a time trying to breath because I am not used to the altitude of Toluca.

hiking
20 days ago

Divertido, familiar. Mucha gente

One of the most amazing hikes I’ve ever been on in my life! The river was crystal clear and the falls were breathtaking! We visited the area on a week day and stay at the hotel near the trailhead. We started our hike at 8:00 a.m. and only encountered a solo hiker and a small group of 3 hikers on the way back! The majority of the hike we ended up having this amazing place to ourselves. The 4 mile RT hike will take you in the primarily through the water! We took our shoes off and hike barefoot, but I recommend water shoes! We brought our own, but the locals sell them at the trailhead as well! Take your time and enjoy one of Mother Natures natural marvels!
Israel & Kelly - California U.S.A

1 month ago

Amazing views. Well marked and people will help with directions if needed

hiking
3 months ago

You need a moderate condition and a powerful mind to reach the top, the view right there is amazing.

3 months ago

Great hike! South side only!

3 months ago

Wow! 18,400+ feet

hiking
3 months ago

This is a trail through a beautiful forest. We started very early in the morning and we saw a wonderful landscape at sunrise. The difficult area begins at the end of the forest, sandy and rocky but not difficult. Once at the top, I could contemplate a wonderful landscape and also the volcanoes Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl among others, being there was an unforgettable experience.

hiking
4 months ago

We spend the night at La Joya near the trailhead to start the trip the next day at 2 am. That night there was an electric storm that did not let us rest but left the mountain all snowy. Due to the snow that almost reached our knees and the lack of sleep, we decided to arrive only to the Refuge. The snowy mountain, something that does not happen frequently, made us enjoy an incredible landscape. We also enjoy the beautiful views of the volcanoes El Popo, La Malinche and Pico de Orizaba. I will definitely go back soon to get to the top.

walking
4 months ago

I’m in love with Bernal nice walk (intrepid) with nice views! Enjoy the fresh air!

Before I begin, make sure you check out my video of this location here: https://youtu.be/uq33SCfHGiY
as it will really help your understanding of the trail.

This was my first high altitude hike. It's short and straight forward. Bring water and a camera. The hike will take you to some lakes at the top. The drive (from Mexico City) will take longer than the hike. It's colder there than in the city, so bring some warmer clothes and check the weather before you go.

The trail is pretty busy with locals, so you won't be alone which is nice. There is an official that was at the top keeping an eye on things, so you do have help once you get to the view of the lakes if you need anything.

Great hike, I would do it again!

Highly recommended. We also went up to the peak. A bit of a slog but well worth it. Going up the gully on the north side of the peak is not pleasant but does not involve the exposed scrambling that is required for accessing from the trail on the south side of the peak.

This is a nice and easy trail that goes inside of a wonderful place full of vegetation and trees, and with a beautiful river of clear and fresh water. Wonderful views!

hiking
6 months ago

I decided to visit the Sótano del Barro and see the guacamayas (macaws) leaving the cave. To do this, I had to leave at 2am from Jalpan de Serra to get to the trailhead on time to start walking and be ready at the sinkhole before the sunrise. Hiking in the dark and on a sloping trail was an exciting experience for me, I had to use a headlamp to see the path but it was easy with the help of the guide. Once at the top, and contemplating the sinkhole, the beautiful landscape and the flight of the macaws, I felt it was worth the effort.

hiking
6 months ago

We left Jalpan de Serra at 4:30am to be on time for the sunrise at el Mirador 4 Palos. We parked the car at the small community of 4 Palos where we had to pay a fee, then we walked up in the dark using headlamps, these were very exciting moments! Once on the summit, still in the dark, we waited for the sunrise contemplating a wonderful landscape full of beautiful colors. I have no words to describe how beautiful the landscape looked when the sunrise started, the colors were changing at each moment in any direction, it was something exciting, incredible! Definitely I will come back again!

on Malinche

6 months ago

Nice altitude climb. Relatively easy compared to the other volcanoes

on Iztaccihuatl

6 months ago

Great training grounds for high altitude. Go with someone that knows the way. Easy to get lost if you come down too late.

6 months ago

Climbed both the north and the south face! Spend the night at the refuges. Need plenty of planning and at least a couole days. Summit attempts need to get started during the night.

6 months ago

Awesome place to hike, although trails are not marked!

hiking
7 months ago

Hard to hike all the way up if you are a starter but great exercise and practice for high altitude. I recommend to camp on-site because the city is not that near and also the hike to the top takes many hours. Great experience and definitely go there with a guide if you have never been there.
Bring good and enough equipment (warm clothes, hiking boots, and lots of water and some snacks). The best time of the day to start climbing is at 12 or 1am because it’s cold and there is no sunlight (which burns you really bad if you are not cautious because of the altitude, reflection and dry air).

hiking
7 months ago

I visited "El Pico" several times. Great place to visit. Need good planning.

Me and two friends did this trail in September 2016, it is an amazing place, very nice views full of plants and beautiful flowers, and the lagoons, fantastic! Although it was with fog we enjoyed a lot, we could contemplate the wonderful landscape. This is a very nice trail, next time we hope to go to the top of El Fraile.

Go with a guide. Strenuous but worth every second. 10:45h out and back.

Walking on this trail and contemplate the beauty of the river and the landscape, was an unforgettable experience. I did not believe that this beautiful place existed, beautiful waterfalls, natural pools to swim and a landscape that will leave you with the mouth open. I definitely come back again soon.

I decided to walk better than drive on this incredible road contemplating the beautiful landscape full of plants and trees. The countryside, the waterfalls and the pools are a fascinating natural beauty, I really enjoyed this incredible place. I will definitely come back again.

The south face is the easy way to hike to the summit. In winter with ice is the best option. The north face is more technical but with ice is very dangerous a lot of fatalities each year.

Beautiful and not as hard as it is rated!

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

An incredible trail that leads to an even more incredible viewpoint. The trail leads you through beautiful old growth Oak forest to a spectacular spot where the desert meets the forest. Observe a wide variety of wildflowers and birds, and enjoy a meal at the community cafe. From Cuatro Palos you can see as far as the Pena de Bernal and the Bucareli Franciscan Mission. The community charges a small fee to hike to the view point, with proceeds going to improve the tourist infrastructure of the community. As Cuatro Palos is one of the poorest communities in Queretaro, feel free to bring donations and dog food to the community.

mountain biking
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Excelente y extenuante ruta. Vívela.

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