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Hike to the crater lakes on Nevado de Toluca, Day trip from Mexico City

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Join one of our certified guides to the breathtaking Nevado de Toluca crater lakes and enjoy a thrilling day trip just a drive away from Mexico City!


1 Day

All year


All levels


* Discover the stunning crater lakes on Nevado de Toluca!

* Join a day-trip adventure near Mexico City.

* Enjoy a fun outdoor experience with the whole family.


Would you like to go on one of the best day hikes from Mexico City? Then join one of our guides to the stunning crater lakes on Nevado de Toluca!

Nevado de Toluca is a stunning stratovolcano just 80km away from Mexico City. It has an altitude of 4,680 m.a.s.l and two beautiful crater lakes at an altitude of 4,200 m. Reaching these lakes, the Laguna del Sol (Sun Lake) and Laguna de la Luna (Moon Lake), will be the objective of our hike.

We will start the hike on the side of the alpine refuge to begin to enter the crater where we will see the view of the Laguna de La Luna and Laguna del Sol. Then we will enter the crater to pass to the side of the Laguna de La Luna. Then we will go up to the bell tower where you will have a breathtaking view of the mountain, and finally, we will continue alongside the Laguna del Sol. The transportation may be shared with groups going to the summit of Nevado de Toluca, so there may be waiting times.

Are you ready to discover one of the best hiking spots near Mexico City? Then book your place now and start planning your adventure to the crater lakes of Nevado de Toluca!

Would you like a slightly longer, more challenging excursion? Then you can also join this 2-day hike from Nevado de Toluca to Valle de Bravo!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Prices are per person to join a group. Participants should be over 8 years old. Price includes the loan of a rucksack.

Equipment you will need to bring

Windproof top. Complete change of clothes. Mountain coat. Boots or trainers with a treaded sole and which protect the ankles. Comfortable shirt and trousers, preferably made of synthetic fibre and not cotton, including jeans. Water proof jacket. Gloves.


What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

Distance 6 km / Altitude 4,200 meters above the sea

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

This trip is recommended for people who exercise 3 to 4 days a week and those who have some trekking experience. This trip is not recommended for children and persons with heart and lung sickness.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

The meeting point is in Av. Vicente Suárez 38, Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06170 Ciudad de México, CDMX. At 7 am, in the middle of Panam shoe store and Wings Army restaurant, in front of Mercado Michoacán in a blue door. You can take an UBER.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

The meal is included at the end of the trip; we offer tacos, quesadillas, and beverages without alcohol.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

You should have an excellent health.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

We do this trip all year but the best season is from September to May (January, February, March, April, May- September, October, November, and December).

Can I join a group?

Sure, we have open groups every Sunday.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

If one day before the trip the weather conditions are really bad, we give you the option to reschedule.

About the guide

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We are a team of experienced and qualified guides based in Mexico, offering adventure tourism tours in the central region of the country. We promote the sustainable development of the local communities we visit, together with respect for the environment.

We offer a personalized service and look to provide our clients with an enjoyable, safe and harmonious experience. Contact us and we will take you on an unforgettable adventure!



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What people are saying about México


The guides on Malinche and Orizaba were very good. But there was a big problem on Iztaccihuatl. I said to each of the guides that I had there that I wasn't bothered about seeing the sunrise from the top, and would it be possible to start a bit later than the usual 1am? They both agreed that it was, one saying that the reason for leaving so early was that normally they needed to take clients back to Mexico City after the climb, and in my case that wasn't necessary as I would stay at the visitor's centre. So in the end we left the visitor's centre at 4:30am. When we got to a foresummit of Iztaccihuatl at 11am, my guide said that we had left very late, and would have to turn back. So we never reached the top, to my great annoyance. In retrospect the best option would have been to have spent one night at the refuge at 4700m before going to the top, but this was never really offered as a possibility.



I love Carlos and the team! We ended up changing our itinerary to 3 mountains in 8 days and had a great experience. I will recommend Carlos and his wonderful hospitality and working with logistics anytime!



Bernardo was so nice and made sure that we were all safe and sound at all time. The taco place we went afterwards were so good. I had a wonderful trip that day and will definitely recommend it to everyone! Thank you!



The guides were awesome and supportive. I will absoutely be using explore share in the future



Great experience, glad I had the opportunity to do this hikes. I was only able to summit one of 3 peaks. One of them Malinche was because the cops didn't let us go up. make sure to start really early so that won't be a problem. The cops stop everyone in bad weather regardless if you have a guide or not. Iztaccihuatl I was able to summit bc the guide Carlos make sure we save our energy for the key areas. Pico de Orizaba it was not possible, because 40 mph winds and snow or hail, the guide make sure we returned safely back to the refuge. If we were able to extend the trip by one day we could have summit, no one summit that day but those that tried the following day had much better success rate. Either way always respect the mountain

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