This is our highlight in Mexico so far. Mountains – this is our element. The drive from Teotihuacán to Amecameca was beautiful. In this town we stocked up, found the best bakery/coffee shop and organized a map with hiking trails for the volcano Iztaccihuatl. Then drove up the “Paso de Cortés” which is the mountain pass between these two volcanoes. At the visitor centre we registered and drove up to the “La Joya” camp at 4’000m. we cooked a nice dinner and enjoyed the stunning views and sunset. Time to add long underwear and layer up and get ready for a cold night. Our winter down sleeping bags kept us warm and had a good night sleep at this high altitude. We were excited to do some hiking – it was about time to get some workout after laying around beaches and going from bakery to bakery and tasting the delicious Mexican food…..We hiked up to a pass at 4’540m and from there we could see the city Puebla. We had a great day in the Mexican mountains….
A few facts about these 2 volcanoes:
- Popocatepetl is a volcano with forested slopes,a snow-capped cone and a large crater. It is the second highest peak (17887 ft / 5452 m) in Mexico, behind Pico de Orizaba (18,490 ft) and fifth highest in North American. The name Popocatepetl is Aztec for “Smoking Mountain”.
- Its neighbouring dormant volcano Iztaccihuatl is the third highest mountain in Mexico with 17, 342 feet (5, 286 meters), after Pico de Orizaba and Popocatepetl. The name “Iztaccíhuatl” is Nahuatl for “White woman” but it is also called “Sleeping Woman”, reflecting the four individual snow-capped peaks which depict the head, chest, knees and feet of a sleeping female when seen from east or west.