Stay in our hotels in Toluca to discover this colonial city’s artistic treasures, from the stained-glass Cosmovitral greenhouse to the fanciful ceramics of Metepec artisan village.
Our Toluca hotels are close to the city’s Cathedral and main square, the Plaza de los Mártires, at the center of the historic colonial quarter. Just north of the square is the Cosmovitral, a greenhouse lined with brilliant orange, red, and azure glass murals. Guests of our Toluca hotels can visit the Mexican Cultural Center, home of the city’s biggest museums. The Popular Culture Museum houses silver-laden Mexican cowboy gear, while the Modern Art Museum displays paintings by Mexican masters José Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo. Take the kids to explore the ruins of the pre-Columbian city Teotenango, just south of the city, perched on a hill overlooking the green Valley of Toluca.
The town of Metepec is a short drive from our hotels in Toluca. Artisans here make ceramic arboles de la vida (“trees of life”), elaborate sculptures decked with playful miniature dioramas depicting the story of Adam and Eve. Explore colonial Metepec’s cobblestone streets to find the workshops and showrooms where the city’s families have been molding arboles for centuries. Back in Toluca, stroll Los Portales, the lively shopping arcades that surround the Cathedral complex. An interior arcade leads to the enclosed Plaza Fray Andrés Castro, where vendors sell sugary jamoncillo candies. Crowds of locals swarm the city’s food vendors for tacos filled with green chorizo, herb-filled sausages unique to the region.
Book our Holiday Inn® hotels in Toluca in October for the Alfeñique Fair, when the city’s candy makers compete to make the most elaborate sugar skull, or come in March for the colorful Dance Festival.