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Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

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Address: Camino al Desierto de los Leones, Mexico City 03310, Mexico
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A large pine forest with a 17th-century Carmelite convent.

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Legends and tales at night

On certain days of the week, the monastery offers a spooky fun night visit with tales and legends told by 'monks' Unfortunately for our friends from outside Mexico only in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

On certain days of the week, the monastery offers a spooky fun night visit with tales and legends told by 'monks' Unfortunately for our friends from outside Mexico only in Spanish. Even tough worth a visit. The tour starts at 21:00 and lasts about 1:30 hours. No lights, no flashes, only the candles that the monks carry. You are leaded... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A short drive from the center of town and you are in another world. The air is crisp and clean, and the pine forest is majestic. We went on a Sunday morning, and had a great hike. There are many trails of all lengths (somehting for everyone). There is a stream that runs throughout and here and there you will... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Camino al Desierto de los Leones, Mexico City 03310, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City

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