Whilst not widely non internationally, the volcanoes of Mexico are certainly well known throughout the country and are absolutely incredible for hiking or for sight seeing.
After a recent trip, I thought I would put down some small tips and insights to help ensure your visit is productive and most importantly safe. I hope you find them useful.
1. Avoid the Weekend (If Possible)
Due to the developing domestic interest in the Volcano, the weekends are extremely busy. Furthermore, the local agencies have enforced a new condition for entry that no cars may drive up to the top carpark (road). Now all visitors must park at the entrance gate and either walk the 11km to the crater entrance or catch a ride in the back of a ute with a group of other visitors.
2. Arrive early...how early is early?
Nevado de Toluca is perfectly aligned to watch the sunrise so try and time your visit to be at least on a ridge line by 6am. This would mean leaving Mexico City around 2am or nearby Toluca at about 3:30am. I promise you it will be worth it!
Also, be cautious of Google Maps taking you up the wrong side of the mountain. Be sure to enter via "Parque de los Venados" which is off Carratera La Puerta - Sultepec (MEX 10).
3. Camp up there
With the new rule about Cars not being able to drive up, the best option is to pack a tent and a warm sleeping bag (at least -10 degrees) and sleep on the side of the mountain. Camp grounds are very comfortable on a flat sandy area and there is a toilet available for those that don't like going in nature.
4. Be prepared for +4000m elevation
This elevation should not to be taken lightly, numerous people get themselves into trouble at Nevado de Toluca for a couple of different reasons.
Visitors can drive to almost 4000m above sea level, which is about 60% less effective oxygen when compared to sea level. Know your signs for altitude sickness before going and expect to be breathless when hiking throughout the craters or ridge-lines.
The best way to prepare is to gain altitude slowly (difficult when driving to such high elevation), be hydrated before you arrive and stay warm and hydrated throughout the duration of your visit.
5. Be prepared for any weather
Weather in the high mountains is renowned for being turbulent so ensure that you are well prepared for rain, wind and even snow. Temperatures are often below zero and weather can close in dramatically.
It is smart to pack too much and not need it than not pack it and be struggling in the elements. I would also highly recommend a head torch in case of low light situations.
Whilst these insights may seem basic, I hope you find them useful for your next/upcoming visit to this spectacular part of Mexico.
Safe travels and feel free to comment below if there has been any recent changes to the information I have posted above.
Follow the adventures of Ryan Gray Media more closely by your favourite social media channels.