Estado de Mexico, sometimes shortened to Edomex, is located in South-Central Mexico and made up of some 125 municipalities. For visitors, this large area is certainly too much to cover in their trip, but there are some destinations within Estado de Mexico that simply cannot be missed. Our top 5 favorite (and your must visit) places are:
Quite famous in the area for a beautiful set of 19th century arches known as Los Portales, Toluca also has a wondrous cathedral, which is an almost perfect example of Neo-Classical architecture. There is also a picturesque historical centre, not unlike many Mexican cities thanks to the urban development. However, Toluca is still a lovely place to enjoy a day or two wandering around the city’s plazas and shopping streets, as well as soaking up some art and history.
Tlalnepantla, a city and municipality in Estado de Mexico, is sometimes known by its full title Tlalnepantla de Baz, and roughly translates to “the middle land”. But the only thing you’ll be in the middle of when you’re visiting Tlalnepantla will be the incredible historical sites located in the area: the Tenayuca and Santa Cecilia Acatitlan pyramids. The pyramid at Tenayuca is a smaller version of the famous Templo Mayor built by the Aztecs in Tenochtitlan. The one at Santa Cecilia Acatitlan is smaller, with a staircase and temple on top. Both are incredible example of Aztec architecture, and an experience for visitors.
3. Ixtapan de la Sal
A little town near Mexico City, Ixtapan de la Sal is known almost solely in the region for the large deposits of salt that can be found there. Its popularity with tourists has continued to grow thanks to the thermal springs there, widely believed to have healing abilities. For families and thrill seekers not really that interested in the soothing properties of the water, there’s also the Ixtapan water park, where there are plenty of slider, rivers, hot springs and fun experiences to be had by all.
4. Valle de Bravo
Sometimes referred to as the loveliest of all central Mexico’s colonial centres, Valle de Bravo is a magic little town that offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City. Gorgeous mountain roads with the occasional panoramic view will take you from Toluca to the man made shores of Lake Avandaro, where the atmosphere is amazing. Yet it is the town, an almost intact example of the popular colonial architecture so loved by visitors to Estado de Mexico that is so appealing to visitors. Definitely not one to miss.
5. San Juan Teotihuacán
San Juan Teotihuacán gets it’s name from the jaw-dropping ancient city (and World Heritage site) that is located just next to the area. Teotihuacán, the site, is easily the bit atraction in the area. Once Mesoamerica’s most impressive city, it it known for its too masice pyramids (representing the sun and moon) that overwhelm the ruined metropolis. We can hardly describe it more, the site is so incredible, and highly recommended if you’re in Estado de Mexico. Travel early in the morning, and you’ll miss both the crowds and the heat.