Toluca might be off the tourist trail in the State of Mexico, but it’s full of historic and cultural experiences that most travelers have yet to discover. This week, Peter sits down with local curators, historians and guides to explore the pre-Hispanic culture and ruins, adventurous hiking experiences, and a unique community where homeopathy meets agritourism.
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Featured guests include:
Francisco Xavier Noguez Ramírez, historian at Colegio Mexiquense, discusses the ancient history of the area and the Calixtlahuaca Archaeological Project.
Anastasia Sergeevna Fokina, staff at the Torres Bicentennial Museum, breaks down the themes and focus of the museum’s collection and its aim to be a place of recognition and identity of the State of Mexico.
Gerardo Novo, professor at Colegio Mexiquense, examines the role of tourism in Toluca and adds his picks for unexplored spots in the area.
Miguel Gutierrez Fernandez, director of A Volar, shares his favorite area attractions, including paragliding in Valle de Bravo.
Mario Andrade, local hiking guide, offers up his tips and tricks for hiking El Nevado de Toluca and the reasons why he find the mountain so special.
Max Espenoza, guide at Cuauhtinchan Archaeological Zone, describes the pre-Hispanic structure in Cerro de los Idolos and the importance of this Aztec site.
Dr. Carlos Alvear, allopathic physician at Yolitia, explains his practice of integrative medicine and the inspiration behind his agritourism farm and healing complex.
By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com