After pickup at your Mexico City hotel, head with your guide about two hours east of the city close to the base of the dormant Iztaccihuatl Volcano. You’ll be burning some calories ahead, so chow down on breakfast (own expense) before traveling through the Valley of Mexico, a highland plateau in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, and the mountain pass of Paso de Cortés, before getting out at La Joya.
Start your hike up Iztaccihuatl Volcano, beginning at an elevation of 12,000 feet (3,700 meters). The volcano is also called ‘The Sleeping Woman’ or ‘White Woman’ for the four snow-covered peaks. While there are various trails ranging in difficulty, your guide will take up on an intermediate-level trail that both novices and those with more hiking experience will enjoy.
You may ascend as high as 13,800 to 15,800 feet (4,200-4,800 meters), depending on the members of your group, and reach tantalizingly near the snowcapped peaks and glaciers. After you catch your breath, admire views of the Valley of Mexico below, as well as the active volcano of Popocatepetl, aka ‘Smoking Mountain,’ located south of Iztaccihuatl.
Enjoy ample time at the summit to snap pictures and generally soak in the tranquility of the mountaintop. When you’re ready, make your descent and then board your transport to enjoy lunch (own expense) that may include options such as tamales, quesadillas, birria (spicy meat stew) or other tasty dishes. Arrive at your Mexico City hotel in the evening, with plenty of bragging rights to share.