Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

Mexico City

Cool, fragrant pine and oak forests dominate this 20-sq-km national park in the hills surrounding the Valle de México. Around 23km southwest of Mexico City and 800m higher, it makes a fine escape from the carbon monoxide and concrete. Public transport here is unreliable; most people arrive by taxi from central Mexico City or the nearby Ex-Convento Santo Desierto del Carmen.

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1. Ex-Convento Santo Desierto del Carmen


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