The Volcanoes of Mexico
This expedition to the Mexican Volcanoes (Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccíhuatl and Malinche) is a must in an alpinist’s life. From the mountaineering standpoint, you will climb some of the highest peaks in the country, two of them five thousanders. Also, due to its strategic location, you will have the opportunity to tour beautiful historical sites, such as the Pass of Cortez, which the conquistadors used to gain access to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1519.
Arrival at Mexico City International Airport. We stay in a hotel near downtown. The city is already at slightly above 2,000 metres, so our acclimatization process has begun. We will drink abundant water and will take the day to walk around.
We leave early for the National Park of La Malinche, in Tlaxcala, about two and a half hours away from the capital. We arrive at noon, and take a walk through a beautiful pine forest up to four thousand meters. We then come back to sleep at the Malinche Vacation Compound, at an altitude of 2,400 meters. Our acclimatization continues...
We arrive at noon at the Iztaccihuatl National Park, and walk to the “feet” of the mountain, at 4,500 metres. We then go back to the Altzomoni hut, have dinner and go to bed early.
We leave at two am for the summit. It will be a long day. Sunrise will surprise us approximately at the knee of the Itzaccíhuatl, at about five thousand metres. The views are spectacular, so we take a break to shoot some pictures and drink. One and a half hours later we stand on the summit, at 5,260 metres. We then go back to our car, and drive to a comfortable hotel in Amecameca, where we shower and enjoy a fantastic dinner (roasted chicken and paella are the specials of the house).
Recovery day. We visit the famous murals of the Palacio de Gobierno of Tlaxcala, and the archeological site of Cacaxtla. We arrive at Tlachichuca, in the evening, and spend the night at the Canchola hostal.
A 4x4 truck drives us to the Piedra Grande hut in the morning. We still take a walk to the vicinity of the “Labyrinth”, and go back to the hut for an early dinner.
Summit day. We leave at one am and walk for the next five hours. We are already roped up at the giant Jamapa glacier when the sun goes up. Three long hours later we are standing on the tallest peak of Mexico, the Pico de Orizaba. We come back to Tlachichuca for a shower and a warm bed.
We relax a riverside resort in Jalcomulco, in the state of Veracruz. If weather permits, we go down the river Antigua in rafts. If it is not the right season, we can do some rock climbing or trek through this amazing rainforest.
We visit the pyramids of Teotihuacán and drive back to Mexico City for our farewell dinner.