It became a city in the 17th century, the mexiquense capital is also one of the cities with more industrial activity in the country, and important domestic and foreign companies are located there. Attractions with architectural relevance: Ex Convento del Carmen, 18th century XVIII -current Museum of Fine Arts -; grand doors and the Cathedral in a neoclassic style; Cosmovitral Botanical Garden, art nouveau; Mexiquense Cultural Center, contemporary (it integrates the Modern Art Museum; Anthropology and History Museum; Popular Cultures Museum).
Magnificent natural landscapes for camping, horse-back-riding, trout fishing, hiking, mountaineering, kayak, mountain biking, rappel, animal watching (La Marquesa, Bosenchave National Park, Nevado de Toluca National Park, La Bufa, Zacango Zoo). Gastronomy with clear indigenous and Spanish influences (abundant use of herbs – purslane, spinach, quintoniles, watercress, pápalo, colander, quelites– that are served with popular dishes such as pork with purslane; chicken in quelite sauce, chicharrón tacos with pápalo and avocado, lamb barbacoa; cheese and cold cuts –red or green chorizo; obispo meat; typical candies –angel hair, lemons filled with coconut; alfeñique candy, pulque bread-).
Good spa and golf courses infrastructure (Club de Golf San Carlos, La Purísima Golf & Sporting Club, Ixtapan Golf Resort & Country Club). Noticeable deep pre-Hispanic roots in the archaeological remains that still are standing (Calixtlahuaca, Teotenango, Acozac, San Miguel Ixtapan, Tenayuca, Tezutzingo, Tlapacoya, Chimalhuacán, El Conde, Huamango, Los Reyes Acquilpan, Santa Cecilia), as in the local ethnic groups that maintain their culture alive (mainly Mazahuas, Otomíes, Nahuas, Matlatzincas and Tahuicas). Famous handcrafts tradition (wool textiles, Temoaya rugs-; wood carvings, silver jewelry and objects; leather goods).
TO STAY TOLUCA
• Hacienda de La Luz
Boutique hotel and resort on the mountain of a colonial style – recently restored- hacienda of the end of the 17th century. Eight rooms, spa; variety of outdoors activities: Good option for families or couples.
San Felipe-El Oro, Estado de México.
Tel: (01-55) 5245 8848.
TO EAT TOLUCA
• Almacén Porteño
Steak and seafood.
Rustic and informal place in a simple garden with a palapa. Personally served by its chef owners. Ideal for families or friends.
Oven-baked lamb (weekends); Meat cuts; Salted pompano.
Av. Benito Juárez 1001. Metepec.
Tel: (01-722) 232 4073.
Mexican contemporary cuisine.
Chef Pablo Salas is in charge; he attempts to rescue ancestral dishes of the State of Mexico with his personal touch in a modern atmosphere. Breakfasts. Ideal for business, friends or couples.
Huazontles; Corn cake; Lamb rack.
Francisco Murguía 402. Col. Universidad.
Tel (01-722) 280 8265.
Of recent opening. Quality meat cuts; fresh and warm atmosphere with a terrace and a garden. Children’s area. Ideal for families, business or pleasure.
Motolinia 307. Col. San Bernardino.
Tel: (01-722) 167 4929.
Of the well-known chain specialized in meat cuts; typical gaucho atmosphere: Ideal for business, family or friends.
Rump steak; Simmered chops.
Carretera México-Toluca Km. 57.5 (Paseo Tollocan). Metepec.
Tel: (01-722) 211 4001.
• Don Asado
Spacious place where the highlight is its great grill and wood fire oven. Ideal for families, business or friends.
Pizzas, meat cuts.
Paseo Tollocan 1249. (Plaza La Marche).
Tel: (01-722) 319 4865.
• Hacienda del Parián
Mexican and international cuisine.
Mexican style hacienda with a view to the Valley and to Nevado de Toluca. Live music. Private events. Ideal for families or large groups.
Chalupas poblanas; Cochinita pibil; Pork carnitas.
Km. 46 Carretera México-Toluca.
Ocoyoacac. Tel: (01-728) 282 8245.
Stylish eatery; cozy and modern. Well-assorted wine cellar. Ideal for business, couples, friends.
Hake in green sauce; Lamb chops in golden garlic.
Paseo de San Isidro 400. (Plaza del Parque, Local 6). Metepec.
Tel: (01-722) 232 8173.
• Norte y Sur
Mexican contemporary cuisine.
Cozy; it serves delicious Mexican traditional dishes with a contemporary touch. Bar-lounge (DJ on weekends Ideal for business or with friends.
Duck tacos; Huitlacoche and poblano pepper soup.
Ignacio Comonfort 302, entre Paseo Tollocan y Las Torres.
Tel: (01-722) 199 4424.