Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park

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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.

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From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

2. 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.

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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.

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From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

4. 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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Puebla: Alpinia Mountain and Nature Park Entrance Ticket

5. Puebla: Alpinia Mountain and Nature Park Entrance Ticket

Start your adventure at the heart of a Christmas tree farm, surrounded by lush forests, located on the foot of Iztaccihuatl, Mexico's third-highest mountain. Take in the magnificent view from the terrace. After getting your bearings, hike along the ravine and discover the beauty of the forest. Try the zipline circuit that spans 1,750 meters (1 mile) if you're feeling adventurous. Fly over the forested canopy and vanquish your fear of heights. Look for the tower inside the labyrinth for a perfect picture and then find your way back out. You can also get to know some of the farm animals and some may even let you pet them. After your adventure, enjoy magnificent local cuisine at the restaurant, while taking in the view of the mountaintop.

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What people are saying about Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 99 reviews

I liked the tracking organization very much. It seems that everything is thought out to the smallest detail. We were taken to the volcanoes, provided with equipment and even water with snacks hid in the depths of our backpacks; they showed us beautiful views of the national park, fed a hearty lunch with a view of the mountains, and we returned to Mexico City. The speed and route adapt to the capabilities and desires of the tourist group, and it's just amazing, where else can you find such a thing? Carlos, our guide, is beyond praise, both as a person and as a professional, communication can go both in English and Spanish, but even if you do not know the languages at all, every effort will be made to interact, and in the most friendly and positive way.

A whole trip was amazing. I enjoyed it so much! My guides was so kind, and keep his eyes on me, find the best speed for and I could also stop if I needed it. He also gave me a warmet jacket! I could just recommend this trip to anyone intrested in wild beauty of nature and volcano! Now, actually there was not another tourist we meet on our tour in the wild :-) the whole park was just for us. I felt myself like I was in the story of Lord of the ring:-)

Carlos was very friendly, energized and explained everything. We set off from the city, it takes 2 hours to get there. The track was easy, we did 14 km in total. There was no big hike, mostly on narrow path (good for people who are not used to high altitude). Views were amazing though. We chose the track with a nice small waterfall. As the track was easy, you can wear sneakers, you wont need any special shoes, but bring a jacket!

Fantastic experience. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. Beautiful views of the park and El Popo. You're given plenty of snacks and drinks, and afterwards get a great meal

Nice tour with a beautiful landscape and a very friendly guide.