Toluca & Surroundings from Mexico City

Toluca + Metepec+ San Mateo Atenco

At 07:30hrs from our Meeting Point (located  in de la Republic Avenue in front of Julio Jimenez Rueda Theater), we will depart with destination to Toluca (Capital City os Mexico State) where we will visit the botanic garden with its Cosmovitral (from the Spanish words “cosmo” meaning “universe” and “vitral” meaning “stained glass”); this garden was built in the middle of the past Century occupying an Art Nouveau Building that was used as the local market “Mercado 16 de Septiembre”, inside we will admire the monumental stained glass well decorated with glass mosaics representing the human race and the universe, also we will appreciate more than 400 species of plants from worldwide. Before leaving Toluca, don’t miss the chance to taste a Delicious “Torta” (Mexican sandwich) that is one of the traditional snacks made with “chorizo” (sausage) in red or Green color, this chorizo is made with pork, local peppers, ginger, chili and vinegar; we suggest to get a Torta at “La Vaquita Negra” located in the main square of Toluca.

Later, we will visit Metepec; a “Magical Town” well known because of its handicrafts makers who make beautiful pieces of clay, jars, pots, plates, and the most representative Tree of life or the Catrinas that nowadays are emblematic of Metepec. A workshop will be visited, owned by the family who created the Tree of life, in this place you will be able to make your own handicraft of clay using molds and following the process step by step under the supervision of an expert craftsman. Free time to have lunch or enjoy Metepec. We suggest to taste the Local Drink “La Garañona” that is typical from Metepec and to consider to take your photo with “Tlanchana” (a mermaid statue) located by the kiosk. Our next destination is San Mateo Atenco, this community has become a very important comercial Centre because of its huge production of footwear; this activity started with a small shoe shop founded just after the Mexican Revolution. Nowadays, every weekend hundreds of visitors come to San Mateo to take advantage of the good prices of footwear, belts, purses and clothes made of leather. Free time for shopping. At 18:30hrs we take the way back to Mexico City.

Inclusions: Air conditioned transportation from Mexico City, Tour conductor English / Spanish, Visit and admission to the Botanic Garden and Cosmo Vitral, Visit of Metepec, Visit of the workshop in Metepec, Decoration of a piece of clay, Visit of San Mateo Atenco (Outlet of footwear), Travel Insurance onboard the vehicle, All Taxes

Exclusions: Optional Gratuities, Nothing not mentioned in Inclusions

TIPS: Bring warm and comfortable clothes, tennis shoes for walking, jacket or sweater, sun blocker, camera and cash for shopping.

Available: Sundays

Estimated duration: 12 hours

Minimum required: 2 passengers