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Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones
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Near Pedregal area and wonderful Monastery

Weekdays guided for a local or Uber driver is a good option. "antojitos" are great and the weather... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2018
Francisco J
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Laredo, Texas
Hard to get to, but worth it

This is a National Park high in the mountains at the south end of Mexico City. It was originally a... read more

Reviewed April 26, 2018
Lakeside31
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San Diego, CA
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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 favorite spots is el Paseo de las Hermitas, which runs behind the convent. There are several hermitages in various states of disrepair which are fun to explore. Other paths spur from there and if you're adventerous, you can find your way down to el Rancho de los Laureles, which is a smaller inset park. There is a lady there that does food and pulque. I spent a few afternoons there eating mushroom soup and drinking peanut pulque, the best I've ever had in Mexico

2  Thank bgroe
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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 thousand feet.

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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.

2  Thank MTorre
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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 around is very nice, there are little places where to eat authentic Mexican food. I definitely learned more about the history and culture while we had a little tour all around this magical place. It feel so peaceful to be there, no traffic, no noises, no craziness from the Big city. If you have a chance to visit, go for it. its worth it.

4  Thank Issa T
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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 popular and the elegant kind and what remains of the Monastery itself (from where the name of the place is derived, Desierto -desert- meaning for the Carmelite monks a place of retirement) with some entertaining places to see (adventurers, ask for the underground corridors and bring your flash light!!) and including a couple of small but interesting museums. All in all an excellent alternative once you have absorbed the endless collection of cultural visits in this thrilling city.

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