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Iztaccihuatl Volcano

A trio of craggy peaks looming in front of the still-smoking mound of Popocatepetl volcano and clearly visible on the horizon from Mexico City, the Iztaccíhuatl Volcano is one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks and a popular choice for hiking and camping excursions. Named for its resemblance to a sleeping woman, Iztaccíhuatl translates from the Nahuatl language to “white woman,” with the three peaks said to appear from a distance like the head, breasts and feet.

Reaching a height of 17,000 feet (5,230 meters), the Iztaccíhuatl Volcano measures in as Mexico’s third-highest peak, and scaling the permanently snow-capped summit offers impressive views over the neighboring Popocatepetl and the Valley of Mexico below. Most hikes start out from La Joya at 12,000 feet (3,700 meters), from where a range of technical and non-technical hiking trails run up the mountainside, taking about three to four hours to reach the summit.

Practical Info

The Iztaccihuatl Volcano is located 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City and is typically visited from the town of Tlalmanalco, connected by regular buses to the capital. Hiking the summit is not recommended without a guide.

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Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Hike up Iztaccihuatl Volcano, Mexico’s third highest mountain, for a nature-filled day full of adventure! Heading two hours east from Mexico City with an ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.99

Viator Exclusive: Iztaccihuatl Volcano Overnight Camping Tour

Hike the dormant Iztaccihuatl volcano and camp overnight on a Viator Exclusive outdoor adventure with an expert guide — you won't find this anywhere else! It's ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $96.99

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