Desierto de los Leones National Park

Discover a serene escape from Mexico City's hustle at Desierto de los Leones National Park, a tranquil haven of forested beauty and historical intrigue. Read more

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Desierto de los Leones National Park, located a short drive from the bustling streets of Mexico City, is an oasis of calm and a breath of fresh air for locals and tourists alike. This verdant expanse sprawls across 1,867 hectares and is considered the first national park in Mexico, declared as such in 1917. Originally home to a Carmelite monastery established in the 1600s, the park now invites visitors to explore its dense forests of pine and oak, winding trails, and refreshing streams. Ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers, the park offers a myriad of trails that cater to all levels of fitness and adventure. In addition to outdoor activities, the park’s history can be appreciated by visiting the old Carmelite convent, which stands as a monument to the solitude and spirituality once sought here by the monks. For families, picnic areas and playgrounds make for perfect leisurely afternoons. Events and workshops are also part of the park’s offerings, including forest baths, meditation sessions, and environmental education programs, enhancing the connection between nature and visitors.
Desierto de los Leones National Park is not just a natural retreat; it's a culturally rich and historically significant site that offers a peaceful break from urban life and an opportunity to reconnect with the natural world.

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What to do in Desierto de los Leones National Park

The Carmelite Convent

This historic convent lies at the heart of the park, reflecting the site’s monastic history and offering a glimpse into the secluded life of the Carmelite monks.

Kiosco del Carmen

A beautifully structured pavilion where events and concerts are occasionally hosted, surrounded by scenic views.

Hiking and Biking Trails

A network of trails crisscross the park, providing numerous routes for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the area's natural beauty.

Picnic Areas

Scattered throughout the park, these areas are perfect for family outings and enjoying a meal in the midst of nature.

Nature Workshops

The park organizes various workshops that teach visitors about local flora and fauna and the importance of conservation.

Forest Bathing Spots

Specific areas are designated for Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, encouraging visitors to immerse themselves in the therapeutic aspects of the forest.

Lookout Points

Several vantage points offer panoramic views of the park’s lush landscapes and, on clear days, the sprawling city beyond.

Children's Play Areas

Safe and well-maintained playgrounds allow children to play and interact within the natural environment.

Flora and Fauna Exhibits

Informative displays throughout the park educate visitors on the diverse ecosystem of the Desierto de los Leones.

What else to visit
In and around Desierto de los Leones National Park

Mexico City (22.12 km)

Mexico City, a vibrant metropolis, offers an exquisite tapestry of rich history and contemporary urban life, where ancient temples stand beside modern architecture.

Toluca (36.38 km)

Nestled in the high valleys of central Mexico, Toluca beckons with its rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and majestic mountain backdrop.

Calixtlahuaca (40.44 km)

Discover the echoes of ancient civilizations at Calixtlahuaca, a pre-Columbian archaeological site just outside Toluca, where history comes alive amidst the ruins.

Cuernavaca (43.03 km)

Cuernavaca, the "City of Eternal Spring," invites with its perennially pleasant climate, lush gardens, and rich tapestry of history and culture.

Tepotzotlan (46.83 km)

Step into a world where Mexico's rich history and Baroque artistry come alive in Tepotzotlán, a picturesque town that shelters the splendors of the past.

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