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Iztaccihuatl
Visible on the horizon from Mexico City, the dormant Iztaccíhuatl volcano is Mexico’s third-highest peak and a popular choice for hiking excursions. Iztaccíhuatl is named for its resemblance to a sleeping woman, and scaling the 17,159-foot-high (5,230-meter-high) summit offers impressive views of Popocatépetl and the Valley of Mexico. 

The Basics
Visit Iztaccíhuatl independently or as part of a guided hiking tour. Hikes typically start out from La Joya at 12,000 feet (3,700 meters). From there, a range of technical and non-technical hiking trails run up the mountainside, taking about three to four hours to reach the permanently snow-capped summit. Travelers who want to avoid the hassle of renting a car or navigating public transport can opt for a tour that includes pickup and drop-off in Mexico City.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • An Iztaccíhuatl volcano hike is a must-do for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Most hiking tours include round-trip transport from Mexico City.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes, long pants, and other mountain-appropriate gear.
  • Bring sun protection and plenty of water, and tote a warm jacket, a hat, and gloves, as it can get very cold at the top of the mountain.
  • To avoid altitude sickness, acclimate yourself to Mexico City's elevation before attempt a hike; going to the summit without a guide is not recommended.

How to Get There
The Iztaccíhuatl volcano is located in Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City, and is connected by regular buses to the capital. The easiest way to get there is on a guided tour with round-trip transport included. 

When to Get There
Iztaccíhuatl volcano is safe to climb year-round. The best time to hike is in winter when the weather is generally dry and mild. The views are best in the morning, before the smog, haze, and clouds roll in and hide the snowy peaks.

Popocatepetl Volcano
Mexico City's active volcano, Popocatépetl, sits just south of Iztaccíhuatl, and the twin volcanoes are connected by a high ridge. More than a dozen 16th-century monasteries stand on its slopes, and they are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As Popocatépetl is known to erupt, its summit is off-limits. Avid hikers should check with authorities before exploring the slopes.
Address: Iztaccihuatl Volcano, Mexico City, Mexico
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Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City with optional Small Group

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City with optional Small Group

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This Iztaccihuatl Volcano hike is a must-do for outdoor enthusiasts visiting Mexico City. An experienced guide gets you ready from start to finish on this adventure-filled day. Trek for 3 hours on an intermediate trail that ends a few thousand feet below the snowcapped summit 17,000 feet high. The air may be thin up there, but the views are not — soak up stunning views of Popocatepetl and the Valley of Mexico before descending the dormant volcano and fueling up with lunch (own expense). 
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56.00
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US$56.00
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Volcano Tour to Iztaccihuatl

Volcano Tour to Iztaccihuatl

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Travel by jeep up Iztaccihuatl, an extinct volcano and the third highest mountain in Mexico. Rising more than 17,300 feet above sea level, this snowcapped mountain includes four peaks that resemble the silhouette of a sleeping woman. Ascend the mountain in comfort as an informative guide drives you up scenic routes. Stop when you like to stretch your legs, soak up the incredible city views and snap memorable photos. Hotel transport is included on this small-group tour limited to four people.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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US$369.24
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From Mexico City: Private Hiking Tour to Iztaccihuatl Volcano

From Mexico City: Private Hiking Tour to Iztaccihuatl Volcano

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OVERVIEW During this private 12h tour you will climb Iztaccihuatl Volcano - the 3d highest summit in Mexico, enjoy impressive views of smoking Popacapetl and get acquainted with history & rich gastronomic traditions of nearby Amecameca municipality. HIGHLIGHTS Drive one of the highest & most picturesque mountain roads in the country. Hike an intermediate-level trail & enjoy great views of snowcapped peaks, beautiful valleys, and, of course, smoking Popocatepetl Volcano. Experience the unrushed life of a small mountainous town Amecameca, visit its main attractions & try some of its best regional dishes. WHY GO WITH US The time of the tour is spent purely on sightseeing: no visits to souvenir shops & restaurants (unless you ask). An ideal choice for small groups: the price of the tour is fixed & varies just slightly depending on the size of the group. We are flexible: departure time & itinerary can be adjusted while the duration of the tour can be always extended for an extra fee.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$133.00
Price varies by group size
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US$133.00
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Iztaccihuatl, Refuge of the 100 (4780m)

Iztaccihuatl, Refuge of the 100 (4780m)

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Visiting and practicing mountaineering in the Iztaccihuatl is an extraordinary experience since it is the 3rd highest mountain in Mexico, where we will reach the refuge of the 100, being one of the places to visit
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.77
Price varies by group size
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Mountaineering Iztaccihuatl (5220m)

Mountaineering Iztaccihuatl (5220m)

We will practice mountaineering in the Iztacihuatl where we will reach the summit, being the 3rd highest mountain in Mexico, we will visit different types of terrain such as sand and glaciers
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$427.70
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US$427.70
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From Mexico City: 3-Day Private Hiking Tour

From Mexico City: 3-Day Private Hiking Tour

OVERVIEW Join our private 3-day combo tour to hike the 3 most beautiful volcanos around Mexico City & get acquainted with their impressive nature. The difficulty of hikes increases day by day to let you physically adapt to high attitudes & finally reach the 6th highest summit of Mexico on Day 3. HIGHLIGHTS Hike 3 most scenic volcanos around Mexico City: Nevado de Toluca (4,680 m; elevation gain of 538 m), Iztaccíhuatl (just till Gate 3 ~ 4500 m: elevation gain of ~500 m), La Malinche (4,461 m: elevation gain of ~1,275 m). Visit unique lakes in the crater of Nevado de Toluca. Enjoy panoramic views & fresh air of 3 national parks. Experience local gastronomy & culture of a small mountainous town Amecameca. WHY GO WITH US The time of the tour is spent purely on hiking & sightseeing: no visits to souvenir shops & restaurants (unless you ask). We are flexible: the program and route can be adjusted to your interests while the duration of the tour can be always extended for an extra fee.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$370.00
Price varies by group size
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US$370.00
Price varies by group size
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