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Toluca Travel Guide, Mexico

Toluca Travel Guide: General Information

Toluca city, Mexico, is not a very popular tourist destination. A little off-the-track, Toluca is visited by only a handful of people; but if you are one with a particular distaste for over-crowded places, you must and must head for Toluca. Being the capital of the State of Mexico and part of the second largest exurb of Mexico City (which is just 63 km away) Toluca has exceptional connections. With its nearby volcano (Nevado de Toluca) and green forest cover, Toluca boasts of great scenic beauty but the high-point of Toluca travel is certainly its year-round cool weather conditions.

Toluca Travel Guide: Architectural Heritage

Toluca is one of the most architecturally beautiful cities of Mexico. With its beautiful palatial buildings, churches, parks and squares, the city is a nice blend of various architectural styles. While the Neoclassical/French-architectural styles of some structures give you glimpses of the urban center’s rich colonial past, a number of buildings even manifest modern, even ultra-modern architectural influence in their construction.

Toluca Travel Guide: Economy and Infrastructure

Toluca’s central location, its well-developed infrastructure and its immediacy to Mexico City has turned it into one of the leading industrialized cities of Mexico. The industrialization of Toluca had begun in the colonial era and today Toluca plays an undoubted role in the national economy.

The city has five separate industrial divisions – Coecillo Industrial Park, Industrial Corridor Toluca, Industrial Park Exportec I, Exportec Industrial Park II and Lerma Industrial Park. Various products like automobiles, beverages, chemicals, electrical products, processed foods and textiles, etc. are produced in Toluca’s various industrial units.

Speaking of tourism infrastructure, it requires no emphasizing that Toluca city is very well-connected. The city is served by an international airport, Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos, which runs daily flights from/to the US. The city also has a railway station linking it to Mexico City.

Coming to roadways, Toluca is connected to other important cities including Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Guadalajara and many more cities by an effective network of national highways.

Toluca Travel Guide: People and Culture

The people of Toluca are essentially good-natured, simple and they always extend warm hospitality to the guests. To enjoy the full flavor of Toluca travel, however, you ought to have a little knowledge of Spanish as the people do not speak/understand much English.

Toluca’s many festivities, like Corpus Christi, Easter, Lent, Palm Sunday and Pentacost, etc. reflect the cultural ambience of the city. Although the people follow the Christian-faith, most of these festivities have some pagan associations and are usually held amid a lot of music, dance, drama, firework display, magic shows, etc.

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