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West of Mexico City/Mexico

Introducing West of Mexico City

The area to the west of Mexico City is dominated by the large industrial and administrative city of Toluca, the capital of the state of Mexico. While pleasant, Toluca has little to recommend it to travelers and most bypass it enroute to the area’s two wonderful small-town, colonial gems: Malinalco, a sleepy and remote village with some fascinating pre-Hispanic ruins perched above it, and Valle de Bravo, a cosmopolitan getaway favored by Mexico’s elite and located on the shores of a large, artificial reservoir a dramatic two-hour drive west of Toluca. The countryside surrounding Toluca itself is scenic with pine forests, rivers and a huge extinct volcano, Nevado de Toluca.