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Iztaccihuatl

Iztaccihuatl

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Iztaccihuatl Volcano, Mexico City, 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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

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Best hiking Experience in CDMX bar none!!
Miguel_M, May 2021
Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Small Group Tour from Mexico City
Wow! This was such an amazing excursion up to an amazing viewpoint to the volcano Iztaccihuatl! Our guide was Gerson and he was amazing ! Very knowledge and really enthusiastic! I’d highly recommend this trip if you want to get some good exercise in while marveling at the amazing beauty of both volcanoes ... El Popo and El Izta! Purely incredible !
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Climb a great historic volcano 🌋
Adria_C, Jun 2021
Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Small Group Tour from Mexico City
The beautiful views from the volcano were breathtaking. Our guide, Gerson, was great. When I was having trouble climbing up the volcano, he lent me his pole to help me up. He also kept up with the pace of the group, which was great because this was my first time climbing up that high and we had to slowly adapt to the altitude. It was a great experience, we will do it again!
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Serene scenes from Iztaccihuatl (just outside CDMX)
Brian_L, Jun 2021
From Mexico City: Private Hiking Tour to Iztaccihuatl Volcano
We love the hustle and bustle of Mexico city, but this was a serene hike just a couple hours out of town. Thanks to our tour terrific tour guide César and our driver, we had a comfortable ride out to Iztaccihuatl and a wonderful hike up to the heels of the 'Sleeping Woman,' with spectacular views over Popocatépetl. César was extremely informative, and a knowledgeable guide on the hiking trail. As we were coming back down, the low cloud cover was coming it, so you should perhaps not expect the same perfect views on the day that you go. But even in the mountain mist, the peace and quiet and beauty of the place were great. Our excursion to Amecameca after the hike fortified us with lunch and a great brief tour of a colonial town. Highly recommend this tour!
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Volcano Hike
Hannah, May 2021
Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Small Group Tour from Mexico City
This was a great tour and a great experience. Highly recommend for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Our tour guide Leonardo was great!
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Enjoyable hike, but transparency and safety could be improved.
Anita, Aug 2021
Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Small Group Tour from Mexico City
The hike was nice. It was a bit intense, and you _do_ spend much more time in the van than hiking, but the views are quite amazing, and we even got to see the next volcano spout a little bit of smoke! There are, however, two things that could be improved. First, transparency would make the experience better. For example, it would be nice to have a clear schedule of the trip. When I asked for one at the beginning, the guide sighed and started repeating the stops. When I asked for specific times, I was only told we would be back to the city at around 4 PM. It would also be nice to provide more specifics on the length and inclination of the hike, since saying that it is necessary to be in good physical shape leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Another thing that bothered me was that the seat belts in the van were not in good shape. They were hidden below the seats, and I managed to fasten them once, but then I was not able to unfasten them. Since the van goes on the highway for a while, I think this is quite important from a safety point of view.
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Great adventure outside of the city
Natalia v, Nov 2019
Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Small Group Tour from Mexico City
I highly recommend this experience. This excursion made the trip for me and my friends to Mexico City. The hike can be challenging due to elevation but the scenery is totally worth it. also, the woman at the bottom of Iztaccihuatl makes the best quesadillas and coffee. My guide was Andres and he was AMAZING. He made sure everyone was doing okay on the hike. I would gladly do this tour again when I go back to Mexico City.
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My best Mexico hike
Bretta_C, Mar 2020
Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Small Group Tour from Mexico City
This was a great experience! So glad we booked it. A must to do when in Mexico. The altitude is high, so be aware of your limitations, but don't worry the guide Gerson is awesome and very professional. Also be sure to bring cash with you for the extras not covered by the tour itself.
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Perfect vulcano tour with a good hike
Thera_V, Feb 2020
Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Small Group Tour from Mexico City
The tour was great. The whole itinerary was clear. The hike was beautiful. On top you had a great view on the vulcano. The tour guide was really nice. It was a very chilled day!
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Amazing hike with great guides
Alma_Amb, Jan 2020
Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Small Group Tour from Mexico City
We booked the hike for the vulcano few weeks in advance. We got our tickets and the basic informationvia email. I also emailed the company asking about the meeting point. They sent me a photo of the place and a detailed map from our hotel to find the place easier! That was a really nice touch and customer service. We went with 2 minivans (around 15 people all together) and made a stop on the way in a small supermarket to buy water and snacks. Thats also a nice touch for people, who dont know how and waht to prepare for the trek. We had amazing visibility conditions, the clouds stayed below us the whole time and we were enjoying the sunshine and a great view of Popocathepetl the whole time. The trek itself wasnt difficult, but we went from 3.990 m to 4.500m and it was really difficult to keep breathing in that altitude. The job of the guides was essencial here! One of them went in in the front and kept reminding us to breath slowly and deeply, also making little stops every 10 minutes to catch out breath and put the group together. The second guide was at the end of the group making sure everyone is okay. I thought I will reach the first base and rest as it was really challenging to continue, but the guides were very supportive and motivating and we went to try the second base too. I can highly advise to try the second base, its a different trek, very steep but you are progressing very slowly and carefully and its not a long way. The guide was staying with us all the time, motivating us and giving us enough time to enjoy the hike, and make pictures as well. On the way home we stopped in a small bufet with local food, where we could try some yummy specialities for a very reasonable price. It was one of the best experiences for me. The 2 guides were super friendly and played a very important role in making the experience wonderful. I would definitely recommend to do this trip, and especially with the Amigo tours, who provide great experienced guides. P.S. I recommend to bring treking poles, as they make the hike much easier.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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