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

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

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 expert guide, begin your tour with a hearty breakfast (own expense) in Tlalmanalco to fortify your climb. You’ll get just a couple thousand feet shy of the snow-capped summit on the 17,000-foot dormant volcano, with outstanding views of neighboring Popocatepetl and the Valley of Mexico below.


  • Full-day trip to Iztaccihuatl Volcano from Mexico City with an expert guide
  • Drive through the picturesque Valley of Mexico and the Paso de Cortés
  • See the ‘Sleeping Woman’ in the snowy peaks of the dormant volcano
  • Hike an intermediate trail up the steep slopes of Iztaccihuatl Volcano
  • Enjoy panoramic views of nearby Popocatepetl, ‘Smoking Mountain’
  • Round-trip transport by comfortable car included
  • Great for avid hikers and nature lovers!

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What You Can Expect

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

Start your venture to Iztaccihuatl Volcano early in the morning with pickup at your hotel by your expert local guide. Meet your group and relax aboard your comfortable vehicle, heading eastbound for two hours until you reach the town of Tlalmanalco.

Here, enjoy breakfast (own expense) at the foot of the dormant Iztaccihuatl Volcano, also called ‘The Sleeping Woman’ or ‘White Woman’ for the four snow-capped peaks that resemble its popular names. Choose from a menu of quesadillas, tamales, birria (spicy meat stew) or other delicious dishes. You’ll need the energy for your 3-hour ascent up the mountain!

After satisfying your appetite, continue your journey by car through the Valley of Mexico, a highland plateau located in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Your guide will drive you through Paso de Cortés, a mountain pass named for the 16th-century Spanish conquistadores who crossed on their way to Tenochtitlan.

When you reach La Joya, begin your ascent up the volcano, starting at an elevation of 12,000 feet (3,700 meters). There are several hiking routes toward the summit for a range of skill levels – from novices to professional mountain climbers; your guide will lead your group up an intermediate-level path for both beginners and those with more experience to enjoy.

As you climb, admire the stunning and changeable landscape, including seasonal snow and a diversity of flora. Enjoy the stillness and quiet serenity of your surroundings, which add an extra touch to the breathtaking views of the Valley of Mexico below.

Depending on the comfort of your group, you may climb as high as 13,800 to 15,800 feet (4,200-4,800 meters), getting close to the permanently snow-covered peaks and nearby glaciers. Catch breathtaking views of Popocatepetl, also called ‘Smoking Mountain,’ an active volcano south of Iztaccihuatl.

Your guide will ensure adequate time to take pictures, enjoy the panoramic vista or simply reflect on the tranquility of the mountain landscape. When you’re ready, prepare for the descent and return to Mexico City with your guide, arriving at your hotel around 6pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was very good...Luis the tour guide led us up the mountain, giving great explanations of the surroundings. Even gave us an impromptu tour of mexico city on the way back in. Armando the driver did a great job too on the difficult roads up the mountain!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour, hiking was great. Excellent guide. Would go again. Highly recommend. Just be aware of limitations if you are not acclimatized to the altitude. This is a no kidding, difficult hike.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide was fantastic. She filled us in on all the info from a tour we did the day before where the guide told us nothing also.
Great views of the volcano and a fun hike. Possibly the best quesadilla's I've had in Mexico at the restaurant on the way home also.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great time in the mountains =D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

scenic and adverturous, yet manageable. wonderful experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This tour is a "must do" for people who love hiking and outdoors activities. We had a great time with the group and the tour guide. It's quite a hard hike so its recommended to have good physical condition. The views are breathtaking so be sure to enjoy every second of the hike.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Fantastic views and a good hard hike. Couldn't have been any better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Wonderful trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great tour! Thank you!!! Of course, it is very difficult to climb without any experience, but it is up to anyone.

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