Cuajimalpa / Desierto de los Leones

NEIGHBORHOODS · Do not let the name deceive you: there are neither lions nor any desert. An oasis of nature, adventure, and culture.


Desierto de los Leones is one of the best preserved forests of the country. At the heart of this magnificent Parque Nacional is found the quarter of what was once a convent dedicated to meditation, meeting closely with God and his creation: Nuestra Señora del Carmen de los Montes de Santa Fe Convent (commonly referred to as Exconvento del Desierto de Los Leones). A magnificent building of the seventeenth century transformed into a tourist center with a variety of cultural activities such as concerts every weekend. In its vicinity is found a good selection of popular Mexican food and visitor services. The ideal place to spend a weekend enjoying the outdoors and colors of the forest.

The excellent preservation and wilderness of this national park have turned it into one of the favorite places of mountain sports enthusiasts, with excellent routes with varying degrees of difficulty and even for practicing hiking, mountain biking, or racing.

Nearby, in Cuajimalpa, within the atmosphere of a small town with a modern twist the highlights include the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Museum with a collection of ancient historical manuscripts. Cultural activities, celebrations and traditions at Foro Pedro Infante are held.

we recommend

  1. Pay a visit to the former convent. A monk will take you through tunnels, corridors, passageways and chapels. An exceptional experience.
  2. Bring the family for a picnic day in a unique setting. Hike, explore the woods, and then dine at one of the typical places.
  3. Try the quesadillas. Simply delicious.
  4. Plan journey with friends where a route is traveled by bike, walking or jogging.
  5. Walk through the town of Cuajimalpa and visit the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Museum, located in the old inn where Father Hidalgo stayed before the Battle of Las Cruces.

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