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Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

1. Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

Meet your guide, then leave the busy streets of Mexico City behind as you head out into the surrounding landscapes towards Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park. Start off with an exploration of the lower parts of the volcanoes at the Paso de Cortes. Follow your guide as you trek through the wilderness, soaking up epic views of the volcanoes while learning about their history and activity. Walk up to the Cerro Altzomoni where you can marvel at Popocatepetl and its fumarole.  Afterwards, descend towards the Amalacaxco Ravine to see an array of native flora and fauna. Return to Paso de Cortes, then travel back to the city, stopping at a traditional market along the way for a delicious and well-deserved lunch.

From Mexico City: Tolantongo Caves Small Group Tour

2. From Mexico City: Tolantongo Caves Small Group Tour

Grab the chance to visit Mexico's Tolantongo Caves on this day tour from Mexico City. Soak and swim in the thermal waters of the cliff pools and explore the many caves of the area. Lookout over crevices and mountains in natural hot springs meant for relaxation. Leave Mexico City first thing in the morning and appreciate a comfortable drive to the Tolantongo Caves. Upon arrival, take a bath in the hot springs, visit the caves, estuaries, pools, and waterfalls. Feel free to explore this paradisical place, 1280 meters above sea level. Visit the hidden paradise section, made up of 40 thermal water pools, including one with a slide. Access the paradise tunnel, which includes a suspension bridge, restaurant area, and zip line. If you want a little more adventure, take the opportunity to combine this relaxing excursion with hiking. Take stunning photos and appreciate activities fun for the whole family.

Mexico City: 2-Day Iztaccihuatl Mountain Summit

3. Mexico City: 2-Day Iztaccihuatl Mountain Summit

On the first day of your tour, you will leave Mexico City for the Paso de Cortes. Once having arrived, you will register before proceeding to the Altzomoni Hut. You will then go for an acclimatization walk to the first pass on the mountain, before returning to the hut to eat dinner and to get an early night's rest. You will wake early on the second day, with departure for the summit scheduled for approximately 2:00AM. After 10 hours of hiking, you will be expected to arrive to the peak (5,220 meters) at around midday. Once at the peak, you will be granted with a break to enjoy the views before returning to the hut and being transported back to Amecameca for a highly-deserved hot meal.

Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

4. Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

Get ready for your climb and discover the beautiful countryside that surrounds this emblematic volcanic mountain. Arrive at the first pass and see the other side of the mountain, giving you magnificent views of the volcano Popocatepetl. Continue climbing to a scree slope and arrive at the third pass, passing again to the other side of the mountain where you will be able to see the city of Puebla and the impressive Pico de Orizaba, the highest point in Mexico.  Continue on the last climb to be able to reach our destination, the 100 Hut at 4,720 meters above sea level.

From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

5. From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

Depart Mexico City and spend the day touring the Izta-Popo National Park. Following pickup from either of the 2 meeting points in the city, head to the foothills of Popocatépetl to start your hike up Iztaccíhuatl from the base of the dormant volcanic mountain. Take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air as you walk in a small group. Your own skill level will determine how high the hike will go, so you won't feel strained beyond your abilities. Popocatépetl is Mexico’s 2nd highest peak and part of the tour offers splendid views of the valley and village of Amecameca below. Marvel at the 3,700-meter high mountain of La Joya in the famous Paso de Cortés, named after the Spanish conquistadors who crossed it on their way to Mexico-Tenochtitlan in 1519.  Descend the mountain for a light lunch in the foothills to replenish your energy. Then, commence the return trip to Mexico City and reflect on the tranquility of the mountain and the miraculous wonder of nature.

From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

6. From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

Depart Mexico City for Tlachichuca, Puebla, where you will take 4X4 to reach the mountain hut in Piedra Grande that will serve as your accommodation for the night. Upon arrival, go on an acclimatization walk and practice using crampons and an ice axe. Return to the hut to have dinner, prepare for the ascent the following day, and get a good night's sleep. Start your trek bright and early before dawn. By the time the sun rises, you will be well-positioned to enjoy incredible views of the valleys surrounding the Pico de Orizaba. Admire the first rays of sun glinting off the stunning glacier that leads to the mountain crater. Follow the glacier to reach the summit at 5,700 meters, the highest point in Mexico and the third-highest in North America. After enjoying the views at the summit, you will descend to the hut where your transport back to Tlachichuca will be waiting for you. Once there, eat a restorative meal before returning to Mexico City.

From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

7. From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

After pickup from your accommodation in Puebla, head out towards Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park. After 2 hours, you’ll arrive at La Joyita, where you’ll register with officials and gain a better understanding of the route via a scale model of the volcanoes. From there, you’ll continue driving to La Joya, 13,133 feet above sea level, and the main parking area for volcanic exploration. Begin your hike, climbing to the first scenic viewpoint at 13,914 feet above sea level. Gaze out across the breathtaking vista before climbing even higher, to 14,340 feet, where you’ll pause again, finally ending your hike at an unbelievable 14,842 feet above sea level. Break for lunch, taking in the otherworldly views. Afterwards, you’ll descend back to the parking lots, before heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Central Mexico

The entire experience of visiting the national park was seamless! Our guide was knowledgeable and considerate of the whole group. The views were amazing. We left CDMX just after 7 am and returned almost exactly at 4 pm. The hike itself was 8.5 miles according to my watch with an elevation gain of 1500 ft total. We started at about 11,500 ft, so best to have spent some time acclimating in CDMX, which is around 8000 ft. Snacks, hydration, and a sandwich for the hike were all provided. We stopped at a small outdoor restaurant on the way back for a more substantial lunch, and this ended up being one of our favorite meals of the trip. I wore shorts, but would recommend pants, since there are some areas of high grass. The weather in April was otherwise perfect with a t-shirt and a light fleece or something for the morning. The drive back was a little unpleasant, as the van is pretty sparse and the traffic was very bad. Maybe not so great for someone who gets very car sick.

It is a place that you must visit without a doubt. Although it is a long trip from the city, but it is worth it. I believe that the guide should start taking the time from when one leaves the belongings in the "lockers" area and not from when we arrive at the parking lot. Well, quite a few minutes are lost to get to that area, pay and accommodate things. Subtracting time to enjoy the place.

Really well organised tour in a beautiful area. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the park and adjusted the pace for our group. Gave us both a packed lunch for the hike and a warm meal after. Walk itself wasn’t too intense but given the altitude was plenty for a nice day trip to view the area without breaking the back. Overall really enjoyed and would recommend to any travellers.

Excellent, it's worth going, it's a bit far but transportation is comfortable and since the group is small, there is plenty of space on the minibus.

Excellent place, tour and tour guides. Will do it again and tell others about it