Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic views and a good hard hike. Couldn't have been any better.
Great tour! Thank you!!! Of course, it is very difficult to climb without any experience, but it is up to anyone.
Was a great trip with a unique and beautiful setting. Guide was entertaining. I did have trouble getting in touch with the tour company but they ended up picking me up on time anyways. Beware that this is a very tough hike, coming from sea level I had a tough time but it was totally worth it.
Excellent tour. We had a chance to experience great local food, too. Do not wear shorts, it is cold on top of the volcano and you could encounter poisonous snakes. Comfortable snickers/hiking shoes are a must.
Lomricko, our guide was very entertaining.
Excellent trip! Our happy guide made us feel safe and entertained. Stunning views. Recommended for everyone who has the (somewhat requiring) physique.
Great tour with great guide! Really pretty views of the volcano and worth going!
The trail itself was relatively easy but it is the altitude that makes the hike a bit challenging. Our group was lucky because we arrived early and there was no fog so we had beautiful views of everything. My only complaint is that the tour itinerary said that we will stop for breakfast prior to the climb but we did not stop. Our guide, Sandra, said that we will stop for lunch after the hike. However, she brought us back directly to our hotels afterwards so I was only able to have my first meal of the day at 4pm. Viator and the tour operator should agree on what exactly is the tour itinerary so expectations will be managed appropriately.
Our day trip to Iztaccihuatl was quite an experience that we have many storeys to tell. Our guide picked us up prompted at 6:20 am. We were to have a 12 hour day from 7 am to 7 pm. Along the way to the hike we were to stop for nourishment. This came from an Oxxo store. They had a selection of packaged sandwiches, that was it. Our driver kept on throttling the gas pedal on the highway making stomachs uneasy. I asked him to stop to no avail. Once we arrived to our destination we were told that the road was muddy and we could not go to the proper trailhead. We did appear to start on the proper trailhead as there was a sign stating so. Our guide took us along the well-used trail. At a branch we stayed along the trail that followed a fence to the right. As it was very foggy we could not see our ultimate destination. A few minutes later the trail ended and we were walking over ground shrubs and cactus. It was very windy, over 60 km per hour. After 45 minutes into the hike our guide advised that if anyone wanted to return to say so and we would all return. A few minutes later the guide asked again. My stomach was unsettled (partly from the drive) and some of us where getting a little cold due to the wind and cold temperature. So we started back. On the way back the clouds had cleared and we could now see our destination and other hikers there. If we had taken the other branch at the beginning of the trail we would have been on the right trail, on the protected side of the mountain and would have made our destination. We ended up returning by 2 pm. It appears that the guide’s goal was to have us return as early as possible so that he would pocket the cash and have 1/2 a day to do something else. I did enjoy the hike however. I met some interesting people on the bus and learned about how one may be scammed while in the country.
Our guide Lee was fabulous and very active for her age- she put us to shame with her mountain climbing skills! We had a great time but be warned, you will not stop for breakfast on the way to the Volcano- instead you will top for lunch on the way back. Whilst this is a minor detail and did not impact our trip, as we didnt eat beforehand, we didnt get to eat until around 2-3pm.
I would recommend this trip as the scenery was breathtaking and the guides were amazing!
The tour guide was great. We were not well equipped. The equipment requirement should have been provided prior to the tour. The option of using email to confirm pick up time should be provided as tourists may not be able to find phone to contact the local agent.
If you like mountain / volcano hiking this is a must thing for a very good price. Pick up at hotel and typical mexican breakfast before and lunch afterwards. 4950 mtrs high is reachable. It goes even further. Guide (Gerson) is good and funny. A good daytrip and not any dollar wasted.
+: Good organization, proper transportation, wonderful/amazing views
-: Nothing really.
Remark: People should be aware that altitude of walk is (4000m-4600m) so they should at least be acclimitased a bit in Mexico City
Volcano is beautiful and wheather was also good but the guides did not make it a lifetime experience as it could be. We climbed only to the second gate out of 5. Majority wanted to go further but the leader said it was dangerous and we were quickly back to the city at around 3 pm. Moreover I ordered English speaking tour but the language was around 80 Spanish and 20 English so if you are not Spanish speaker make sure you have a lot of friends with you or youll be just hiking on your own...
Sadly we weren't informed that we can't go to Iztaccihuatl. Just after asking I was informed. The guide was very knowledged and a very easy going man.
This is a beautiful, wild and peaceful place, and well worth a visit. We had a friendly, international group of couples, friends and solo travellers.
However, this tour did not live up to it's advertising!
In a 10-hour day, we spent 2 hours 20 minutes at the volcano. We walked uphill slowly with lots of breaks for 80 minutes. We sat on the first plateau we came to for 20 minutes. Then we walked back down the same path. The rest of the day was driving and food/bathroom stops.
Our guide Rodrigo seemed keen to finish the tour quickly. He did not talk much or give clear info about the plan for the day, so were surprised and annoyed that he suddenly announced it was time to return to the bus. No one in the group would have had difficulty continuing and the weather was pleasant. It was only around 12pm - and everyone was back at their hotel by 4pm (much earlier than the schedule). He even suggested that we might not stop off for food, but just go directly back to the city - but we rejected that.
Other things to be aware of:
- You will feel the effects of high altitude, so reasonable fitness and a couple of days acclimatisation in Mexico City are important. You can borrow a trekking pole which is very helpful.
- There is no hearty breakfast!! There is a stop at a roadhouse shop/bathroom on the way out, and at a basic roadside taco stand on the way back. Bring your own food.
- You need access to a phone to call the local tour operator and confirm after booking online. You will also need to download/print an emailed pdf to show the local tour operator.
- the minibus is pretty cramped, be warned if you have long legs!
You probably don't need a guide for this hike if you have transport, decent independent hiking experience/equipment and good Spanish to get information at the national park office.
Personally I feel a bit cheated by this experience and I wonder if Viator realise/care how their local tour operator is behaving...