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Overview

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. Huff up 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). 

Please be aware that this tour involves a considerate amount of walking on irregular ground and is subject to the capability of the overall group. 

  • 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!
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. Then, head back to Mexico City. Arrive in the evening, with plenty of bragging rights to share.

Reviews

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H
, Nov 2018

The Iztaccihuatl Volcano hiking tour was well organized and was about a 2 hour drive each way. The hike itself was intermediate, and very doable by people of different fitness levels as the pace was set by the group. Except for one short steep section, the hike was a medium gradient climb 3km up. The scenery on the hike was not what I expected - it was very green and pretty, no volcanic rocks. I would not have known this was a dormant volcano if not told so. Our tour guide was good with limited English.

I
, May 2018

I read some negative reviews before my hike but in the end my experience was pretty positive. I think it all depends on who your guide is. We had our hike with Gerson and he was really nice and he managed everything well. I'm a mediocre hiker and I would say this is a low to intermediate level hike if you're a regular hiker. However the elevation can possibly add some more difficulty. Our group had 7 people in total, 2 gave up after the first 30 minutesnot too far from the trail head, and the other 5 made to the 3rd gateabout 4400m, just below the snow line. It's cold and windy up there in the mountain so be well prepared.

J
, Apr 2018

Challenging hike up if not reasonably fit- but rewarded with great view of the volcano when you reach the top. All arrangements for pick up and transportation were easy and comfortable. Interesting lunch stop at a roadside stand on our return. Would recommend.

J
, Mar 2018

Awesome tour and tour guide! I do recommend that you train some what before taking this tour. I'm some what athletic and this climb was doable but tough. But it was worth it in the end!

C
, Mar 2018

The main attraction itself is great: a hike of roughly four hours on the inactive Iztaccihuatl volcano, with spectacular views of the neighboring active Popocatepetl volcan.

Unfortunately, many things went wrong during our trip, and suggest that Amigo Tours, the operator, are not very competent.

Although our voucher promised transport in an air-conditioned minivan which suggested a group size of around 10, or multiple minivans if the group was larger in fact we were picked up by bus, and the group was 30 people.

The actual hike starts at a parking lot at the point known as La Joyita. However, a tour bus cannot reach this spot, since the road is so bad. As a result, we were taken to El Paso de Cortés, roughly 8 kilometers away. We would have had to hike the 8 kilometers to get to the trailhead, so our tour guide proposed for us to pay 50 pesos each to be transported there on the metal floor of a cargo van. A majority of the group was in favor of this idea, so we piled into the back of the van. Imagine 15 adults crammed together, sitting on the metal floor of a cargo van. It was by far the worst transportation I have experienced in twenty years of backpacker travel in Mexico, extremely uncomfortable and extremely unsafe. My companion and I chose to hike the 8 km back rather than repeat the experience.

In addition to the discomfort and inconvenience in the organization, Amigo Tours provides no information about the rigors of hiking at high altitudes. This was not a problem for us, since we are relatively experienced hikers and mountaineers, and took normal precautions carb loading, drinking lots of water, bringing appropriate shoes and clothing, prophylactic doses of aspirin, etc. However, some travelers showed up in shorts and Birkenstock sandals for a hike that started at 3990 meters. Depending on the time of year, it can be very cold on the mountain, and hikers would need layers that shield them from wind. Bringing hiking poles would be a good idea, because the descents at between 4500 and 4200 meters are on paths of loose volcanic dirt with lots of loose rock that is quite slippery. Despite the fact that Amigo Tours apparently operates this tour year round and multiple times per week, they do nothing to prepare their customers for the actual rigors of the hike.

I would guess that at least 30 of the participants suffered from altitude sickness during or after the trip. This is something that can hardly be avoided, since no one can really know what effect high altitude will have on them in advance. However, our guide had an extremely laissez-faire attitude toward the effects of altitude sickness, simply repeating at various points that, If you don't feel like going any further, just stay here. Although he did repeatedly insist that hikers let him know immediately if they felt bad, he should also have been able to explain the symptoms of high altitude and to explain the importance of not exerting yourself more or going any higher if you experience any of those symptoms. I live in Mexico City at 2440 meters. Despite the precautions that I took, I experienced relatively bad altitude sickness during the bus ride home. I definitely do not blame the tour operator for this, I knew it was a risk, since I had previously hiked the Iztaccihuatl. I would guess that the risk of altitude sickness would be greater for people who have just flown to Mexico City from sea level.

I have to admit that despite the negative sides of this tour, I am still glad I went. The landscape is spectacular. I took a friend who was visiting from Germany who had long dreamed of getting close to Mexico's volcanoes. Once you know where it is, it would not be hard to drive to La Joyita, you could probably arrange a taxi ride there from Amecameca, the nearest town. The taxi driver could certainly be paid to wait for you while you hiked up the mountain there is only one path, and maps are posted at the trailhead. It is very important to listen to your body while doing this. One family brought a child along, and I would have liked to bring my 9-year old son, but in the end I am glad I didn't. Altitude sickness was miserable for me, and it would have been awful for a kid and perhaps soured him on the mountains for a long time.

To sum up: go hiking on Iztaccihuatl if that is something that you want to do, and if you are well-prepared. Consider a different tour than the one offered by Viator through Amigo Tours.

m
, Mar 2018

The climb was enjoyable. The tour was a large group and not well managed to do the trip at a reasonable pace. Several people had to wait an inordinate time for others to finish.

O
, Mar 2018

Every thing was good. Amazing views, good service from local tour operator.

S
, Feb 2018

The actual climb was beautiful once you get to the first resting spot. Its tougher than you think. Issues were poor communication from the guide. No one really knew what was happening and how far we were going. The 2-3 hour drive to the volcano was in a very uncomfortable van with tiny windows. Other than that, it was a great experience. I would do the climb again, but with a different tour company.

P
, Feb 2018

It was challenging, very challenging. It was also great. It was a real hike up the mountain and it was a lot fun. The guide allowed people to go at their own pace but also stopped a few times to let people catch up and make sure people caught their breath. Highly recommend to anyone able bodied.

A
, Dec 2017

Lousy tour, bad guide, do something else with your money.
This 'tour' is incredibly deceptive, what we ended up doing was walking along access roads as cars drove past us in the woods. In total, it was about 7 miles of walking. If you expect to experience what you see in the picture, you'll be extremely disappointed, as you don't get near any kind of volcano...at best they can be seen off in the distance.
The tour guide was bad. It seemed like he tried to drop everyone, and was successful in losing 1/3 of the group. He didn't bother checking how anyone was doing despite being up at 12,000 feet. He literally listened to his MP3 player the entire way up.
Don't do this unless you want to walk through some dirt roads in a forest and see cars drive by you. The only good view you get is at the parking lot.


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