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

Highlights

  • 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!

What You Can Expect

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

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.

Customer Reviews

Ian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Janice S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Joshua L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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!

Oksana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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

Phillip M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

Jessica O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A must-do while in Mexico City!

Marian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour has been amazing, weather perfect, but our guide were too hurry, we expect to hike a little bit more high, our expectation was at least to 4500 m, but at the sign 3990 he wanted to go back. Pity....

Marian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour has been amazing, weather perfect, but our guide were too hurry, we expect to hike a little bit more high, our expectation was at least to 4500 m, but at the sign 3990 he wanted to go back. Pity....

Paige S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our tour guide Alex was great, the hike was super fun and the restaurant stop on the way home was delicious. Highly recommend.

James G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is a must do trip if you are visiting Mexico City. You will experience a challenge you are unlikely to have faced before and are likely to meet some great people along the way. The walk itself is not difficult in relation to the incline, but as with many of the other reviews, you will find the altitude difficult to adjust to. Dont let this put you off though. The guides will allow for everyones individual pace and they will support you to get to the top. The achievement is worth it! The food on the way back was also some of the best I had whilst in Mexico City! P.s buy water and energy snacks before you arrive at the meeting point.

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