The crowded, busy capital may not seem like an outdoorsy destination. But nearby national parks, forests and volcanoes mean there are plenty of places to hike from Mexico City. Here are the best.
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The jewel in the crown of Nevado de Toluca National Park is Nevado de Toluca itself, an inactive volcano. Arguably the most striking volcano in Mexico, it’s popular with day trippers from Mexico City, who come to see the often snowy peaks and the two bright-blue lakes that lie in its craters. The park is easily reachable via car, just remember to wrap up warm and take it easy with the altitude.
In northern Mexico City, this undulating national park, which includes part of the Guadalupe Mountains, is the perfect place to admire the capital. It also contains the high and low parts of the Tepeyac, Guerrero and Santa Isabel hills, which makes it a great hiking and cycling spot. And for a post-walk adventure, you can visit the nearby Basílica de Guadalupe, one of the must-visit attractions in Mexico City.
The Cumbres del Ajusco is one of the top national parks in Mexico City. Dominating half of the capital, it’s home to the highest peak in Mexico, Pico de Águila, plus a range of colorful flora and fauna. It’s also where you’ll find the vegetation-covered dome of the Xitle volcano, which erupted in the early half of the first millennium, destroying the city of Cuicuilco.
Additional words by Sam Murray.
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