City of Toluca

City in the sky

The highest city in the country, located 2,680 meters above sea level; Toluca is a modern, industrial, dynamic place with growing infrastructure; it is also a properly urbanized space, full in museums and with a clear vision towards posterity, as the iconography of the surprising Cosmovitral Botanical Garden proposes.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Cathedral Its construction began in 1867. It features a beautiful neoclassic façade.
  • Church of the Santa Veracruz (Holy Cross) Built in the eighteenth century, it houses a unique black crucifix that is washed with red wine every Holy Wednesday.
  • Cosmovitral Botanical Garde. Around 400 species of plants, trees, bushes and flowers are protected in this enormous greenhouse. The majestic stained glass window that frames the place was constructed between 1978 and 1980, and it represents the Sun-man.
  • Numismatic Museum It includes nine exhibition halls where coins from the pre-Hispanic era until our time are displayed. There is a special hall where you can learn the basics of the numismatic, and then you can make a chronological tour.
  • Mexiquense Cultural Center In the same architectonic complex you can visit the Public Library, the Historic Archive, the Anthropology and History Museum, the Popular Cultures Museum and the Modern Art Museum.
  • The Stamp Museum It houses a collection of printed art pieces from the sixteenth century until our time. Especially remarkable are those pieces made by famous Mexican artists, such as José Guadalupe Posada, Rufino Tamayo and Pedro Coronel.
  • Fine Arts Museum The construction of this building was finished in the eighteenth century. And on September 7th, 1945, it was inaugurated as the current museum where you can admire the paintings of many great artists.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivity of Saint Joseph It takes place on March 19th each year to celebrate the sain patron of this capital city.
  • Festivity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel It is celebrated on July 16th each year.
  • Festivity of Our Lady of Mercy It takes place on September 24th every year.
  • Fair of the Alfeñique (Candies) It is celebrated from late October to early November. Besides the many displays and stalls that are installed to show and sell candies, there are conferences, book presentations, gastronomic exhibitions, as well as traditional music, dances and theater.
  • Winter Festival It is celebrated on December, and it consists of Christmas recitals, theater plays, and exhibitions, among many other seasonal activities.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Barbacoa Roasted lamb meat cooked slowly on its own juice, and which is served apart as a broth or consommé.
  • Carnitas Pieces of pork meat cooked slowly in its own lard and also in a special broth, which makes them taste delicious!
  • Chorizo Spicy sausage made with extra seasoned pork meat.
  • Mosquito Liquor made with different kinds of fruits.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • According to researcher Robelo, the word Toluca means "Where the god Tolo is", "Hill of the god Tolo" or "Place of the god Tolo".
  • Professor Alfonso Sánchez Arteche concluded that the Tolteca people founded Toluca in 690 of our era.
  • In 1799, this villa was upgraded to the level of town, and in 1830 it was selected as the capital city of the State of Mexico.

Popular Craft

  • Ceramics
  • Pottery
  • Fabrics and garments
  • Basket-making
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