This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Toluca. To help you make friends with Toluca before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Toluca, Mexico, is only about a one-hour bus ride from Mexico City. It is visited by travelers that want to get away from the Mexican tourist trail or who want to spend time in a quieter place than Mexico City. While the distance would allow you to visit Toluca on a day trip from Mexico City -- which is what many people do -- it is worth spending one night -- or a few -- at a Toluca, Mexico hostel. Toluca is the city at the highest altitude in Mexico at nearly three thousand feet. Trying to check off a list of things to do at a high pace may result in signs of altitude sickness. Taking it a bit slower and staying for one or a few nights in a Toluca, Mexico hostel allows you to acclimatize and enjoy Toluca better.
The "Centro" in Toluca, Mexico, is the most vibrant part of the city and the best area to book your hostel in Toluca, Mexico. There are a good amount of bars and restaurants; however, on weekdays it can be quite dead as most locals prefer to hang out in bordering towns such as Metepec. Therefore, the best time to visit Toluca is on weekends; some of the bars are even only open on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sundays, there are fairs and cultural activities on several squares in the city, which is another reason to visit on weekends. But no matter on which day you are visiting, you should not leave without trying a chorizo sausage, which originates from Toluca.
If you have booked a hostel in Toluca, Mexico, it is also easier to visit the Xinantecatl volcano on a day trip. The volcano sits at more than four thousand meters and is a great place for hikes. The scenery is also perfect for mountain biking. Bikes can be rented at some Toluca, Mexico hostels.
Written by local enthusiast for Toluca hostelsMartin Straatman