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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. After fueling up with breakfast (own expense) in Tlalmanalco, 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. Hotel transport included.

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!

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What You Can Expect

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

After early morning pickup from your downtown Mexico City hotel, head with your guide about two hours east of the city to Tlalmanalco, located at the base of the dormant Iztaccihuatl Volcano. You’ll be burning some calories ahead, so chow down on breakfast that typically a choice of tamales, quesadillas, birria (spicy meat stew) or other tasty dishes.

Back in your transport, travel 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 that takes you back to Mexico City. Arrive at your hotel in the evening, with plenty of bragging rights to share.

Customer Reviews

Ann F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The view is worth the bus ride and 3 hr hike. Our tour guide was extremely nice and knowledgeable. The end of trip tacos tasted like heaven!

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome experience! I am in awe by the beauty of the region. I loved the tranquil environment. The hike up the mountain was a little rough. I didn't expect to have to take so many breaks, but it was very well worth it. Definitely worth a return trip

danielantoiny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Francisco is very nice and knowledgable about not only the hike, but also history of Mexico. The hike, like other reviews have mentioned, was not very long. I brought my GPS watch and it's about 1 mile each way, however it felt great just to be outside the city and in the mountains. I would recommend this tour anyone who would like to see a different landscape.

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Kevin was an excellent guide, great experience! I especially appreciate the freedom to go off on my own and to be given a time to return to the vehicle given the variable speed and physical conditioning of the participants.

Eduardo L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide Kevin was awesome. He was very patient and helpful. Unfortunately we didn and #39;t make it to final destination due to pace of group and weather conditions. But overall it and #39;s a must do while in Mexico City.

Kristina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Javier was well informed and attentive. And the lunch was well chosen, an authentic Mexican experience!

Markus H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Perfect day trip with a cool team and a perfect guide! I really enjoyed it!
Please keep in mind that it's mountain hiking in advanced height! Take care of correct clothing and shoes!!!

Lorraine N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A nice climb. The altitude slows you down if not acclimatized, but take it slow, the views are awesome.

José S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was a very enjoyable hiking experience. It is a must if hiking is your interest. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The itinerary was followed just as expected. Simply put, I encourage you to consider this attraction when visiting Mexico City.

MS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I really enjoyed it as it was extremely challenging. I was glad that one of the guides took a faster group as I would not have enjoyed it as much if we had to have kept stopping and waiting.
The food stop after the climb was also excellent and a good way to replenish the used up energy.

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