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Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

Address: Camino al Desierto de los Leones, Mexico City 03310, Mexico
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Ranked #32 of 287 Attractions in Mexico City
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A large pine forest with a 17th-century Carmelite convent.
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Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A large pine forest with a 17th-century Carmelite convent.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is really a magical place, the convent is really very well kept and the forest all around is a great place to just walk around. I would recommend going there just visiting the convent (very cheap) and just walk in the forest, if you follow the paths you won't get lost. The food is also great, so you can... More 

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Shenzhen, China
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81 reviews 81 reviews
66 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

El Desierto is amazing in many ways. It is amazing that it exists in one of the largest cities in the world, both in preservation and sheer size. It is incredibly peaceful and beautiful. The exconvento is nice for the cultural preservation and is a nice area. There are trails and paths for walking along the river. One of my... More 

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Creel, Mexico
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56 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Beautiful old Monastery on top of a pine forested mountain, with hiking paths around and the most incredible view of Mexico city at night. Amazing sea of lights!!! Also food kiosks with lots of yummy local foods to sample. Be sure to bring a jacket, as it is pretty high and can be breezy. Pretty sure it's close to 10... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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96 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This monastery is surrounded by an incredible forest. The building is beautiful and hostess different events. There is traditional food in the premises. If you plan to visit take a jacket, weather can change from the center of the city.

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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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29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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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Peachtree City, Georgia
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7 helpful votes 7 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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75 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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