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Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

Camino al Desierto de los Leones, Mexico City 03310, Mexico
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Ranked #36 of 286 attractions in Mexico City
Type: Parks
Activities: Hiking
Description: A large pine forest with a 17th-century Carmelite convent.
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This place is a gorgeous old convent, with beautiful gardens and surrounded by the forest. They have different activities and as well as event places if u want to hold an event this could be the perfect location, there are tunnels where u can actually go in and its crazy but i was an awesome experience for me. The people... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Desierto de los Leones is a beautiful forest within the limits of the DF (Mexico City). Best of all it has a wonderful variety of impressive trees with trails to walk around, a nice and clean river with little falls and ponds where kids can play plus the typical crafts stalls, pony rides, a variety of restaurants both of the... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is a big forest like park, most of it w/o infrastructure the have this convent where some monks lived that could really use some maintenance. Lots of people selling Chinese cheap stuff, ate in a little restaurant right outside, it was not very clean, and food was bad.

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28 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

park is excellent for hiking. go up to Cruz blanca and continue uphill. you will see the springs where mexico city gets its water supply from. Water is clean dn you can drink it. there are many trails but the park doesnt have printed information on it unfortunately. Also visit the old convent where most of the people will go

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Queretaro, Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

If you want to relax, just go to the Convent and walk through its gardens. They are very nice and clean. You will enjoy it!

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Mexico City, Mexico
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90 reviews 90 reviews
57 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

In the middle of a lush forest, may be you will be looking for lions, like I did my first time (desert of lions?). But you will find a jewel of a monastery hidden in the forest, with history, architectural buildings and gardens, and even a small lake to walk about.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

If you are visiting Mexico City for more than the average three days, this might be an interesting day escape. It's a pine forest in the mountains surrounding the city. It is close to nine thousand feet high and the weather changes slightly when you go up there. I definitively recommend you visit the old convent. They have an old... More

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Toluca, Mexico
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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

You can visit that place any day. You can enjoy the clean atmosphere, a lot of giants trees, some birds, a river. Otherwise, you can biking, hiking, jogging, etc. Is close to Mexico City.

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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

If you are visiting (or living in) Mexico City and you want a couple of hours outside the city, "El Desierto de los Leones" is a great spot to go for jogging or just walk in the forest. There is also a monastery that is worth visiting, the admission fee is about a dollar and you can take a quick... More

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

The landscape is amazing! The convent is really lovely and a trip to the cellar is a must!

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