Mountain Biking in Mexico: Nevado de Toluca Volcano

Living in Toluca means that adventure is right outside my door. And on a bicycle you are bound for something really great. I live in the middle of a wide, high-altitude valley. The skyline is dominated by Xinantecatl, the Nevado de Toluca volcano.

There’s great mountain biking around here. The closest to centro Toluca is Sierra Morelos, only about 15 minutes from my house. Of course, the volcano is the big ride. I’ve bombed down from the top but had never ridden up. On this occasion, mid-February, we left from Toluca, rode up the volcano’s lower slopes, and then raced down. All in all we rode for 6 or 7 hours.

From the roads leaving Toluca you can see the snow-covered extinct volcano in the distance:

Then onto dirt roads or two tracks, winding through farms and forests and always uphill:

It’s good to ride in a group. There were 15 of us this day:

A short stop for a break:

With a nice view:

And off we go:

Here’s the group – my friends Escarabajos Toluca and other friends”

From about a half-hour higher than here we raced down to Toluca. Because of all the snow lots of people were going up to the volcano. We rode on the highway and the opposite lane was full of cars and stopped.

With a stop for tacos and quesadillas, of course.


About Ted Campbell

U.S.-Canadian writer, translator and university teacher in Mexico. Travel stories and practical tips on my blog No Hay Bronca: Twitter: @NoHayBroncaBlog // Contact: nohaybroncablog (at)

Posted on March 16, 2012, in cycling / MTB, Mexico and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Estupendas fotos la proxima si llegaremos hasta la cima

  1. Pingback: Mountain Biking on the Nevado de Toluca Volcano | no hay bronca

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