• 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

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.

Rickey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Wow! The view from the summit of this mountain is incredible. Be prepared, there is very little oxygen, so unless you are acclimated to climbing you'll need to stop very frequently for breaks. I had to stop every 20 yards or so for breaks, but making the summit is worth the effort! I had a mild case of altitude sickness when I came back down, which was a first for me. Make sure that you are well hydrated before making this hike. The guides were more than helpful, and so friendly!

elmyravysockaja

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Amazing experience! Our guide Leonardo was friendly and very patient. It is hard to get to the top but it is really worth it. The minivan was really comfortable. Thank you!

ShiHui L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our tour guide, Sergio, was very inspirational and had a good sense of humor. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer our questions. The hike was difficult, and getting back down was harder! But it was a super rewarding experience. I would definitely recommend this tour!

cinttia a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

I'm not going to lie to you... this hike was not easy, but worth every second. The guide was aware of every member of his group and left no man behind. Wear shoes with grip, light jacket because it does get cold, bring a few snacks for energy, and WATER! I am definitely coming back to do it again

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