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Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

1. Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

Meet your guide, then leave the busy streets of Mexico City behind as you head out into the surrounding landscapes towards Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park. Start off with an exploration of the lower parts of the volcanoes at the Paso de Cortes. Follow your guide as you trek through the wilderness, soaking up epic views of the volcanoes while learning about their history and activity. Walk up to the Cerro Altzomoni where you can marvel at Popocatepetl and its fumarole.  Afterwards, descend towards the Amalacaxco Ravine to see an array of native flora and fauna. Return to Paso de Cortes, then travel back to the city, stopping at a traditional market along the way for a delicious and well-deserved lunch.

From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

2. From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

Depart Mexico City and spend the day touring the Izta-Popo National Park. Following pickup from either of the 2 meeting points in the city, head to the foothills of Popocatépetl to start your hike up Iztaccíhuatl from the base of the dormant volcanic mountain. Take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air as you walk in a small group. Your own skill level will determine how high the hike will go, so you won't feel strained beyond your abilities. Popocatépetl is Mexico’s 2nd highest peak and part of the tour offers splendid views of the valley and village of Amecameca below. Marvel at the 3,700-meter high mountain of La Joya in the famous Paso de Cortés, named after the Spanish conquistadors who crossed it on their way to Mexico-Tenochtitlan in 1519.  Descend the mountain for a light lunch in the foothills to replenish your energy. Then, commence the return trip to Mexico City and reflect on the tranquility of the mountain and the miraculous wonder of nature.

From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

3. From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

After pickup from your accommodation in Puebla, head out towards Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park. After 2 hours, you’ll arrive at La Joyita, where you’ll register with officials and gain a better understanding of the route via a scale model of the volcanoes. From there, you’ll continue driving to La Joya, 13,133 feet above sea level, and the main parking area for volcanic exploration. Begin your hike, climbing to the first scenic viewpoint at 13,914 feet above sea level. Gaze out across the breathtaking vista before climbing even higher, to 14,340 feet, where you’ll pause again, finally ending your hike at an unbelievable 14,842 feet above sea level. Break for lunch, taking in the otherworldly views. Afterwards, you’ll descend back to the parking lots, before heading back to your accommodation.

Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

4. Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

Get ready for your climb and discover the beautiful countryside that surrounds this emblematic volcanic mountain. Arrive at the first pass and see the other side of the mountain, giving you magnificent views of the volcano Popocatepetl. Continue climbing to a scree slope and arrive at the third pass, passing again to the other side of the mountain where you will be able to see the city of Puebla and the impressive Pico de Orizaba, the highest point in Mexico.  Continue on the last climb to be able to reach our destination, the 100 Hut at 4,720 meters above sea level.

Mexico City: 2-Day Iztaccihuatl Mountain Summit

5. Mexico City: 2-Day Iztaccihuatl Mountain Summit

On the first day of your tour, you will leave Mexico City for the Paso de Cortes. Once having arrived, you will register before proceeding to the Altzomoni Hut. You will then go for an acclimatization walk to the first pass on the mountain, before returning to the hut to eat dinner and to get an early night's rest. You will wake early on the second day, with departure for the summit scheduled for approximately 2:00AM. After 10 hours of hiking, you will be expected to arrive to the peak (5,220 meters) at around midday. Once at the peak, you will be granted with a break to enjoy the views before returning to the hut and being transported back to Amecameca for a highly-deserved hot meal.

From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

6. From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

Depart Mexico City for Tlachichuca, Puebla, where you will take 4X4 to reach the mountain hut in Piedra Grande that will serve as your accommodation for the night. Upon arrival, go on an acclimatization walk and practice using crampons and an ice axe. Return to the hut to have dinner, prepare for the ascent the following day, and get a good night's sleep. Start your trek bright and early before dawn. By the time the sun rises, you will be well-positioned to enjoy incredible views of the valleys surrounding the Pico de Orizaba. Admire the first rays of sun glinting off the stunning glacier that leads to the mountain crater. Follow the glacier to reach the summit at 5,700 meters, the highest point in Mexico and the third-highest in North America. After enjoying the views at the summit, you will descend to the hut where your transport back to Tlachichuca will be waiting for you. Once there, eat a restorative meal before returning to Mexico City.

San Miguel de Allende: Full-Day Ranch Adventure

7. San Miguel de Allende: Full-Day Ranch Adventure

Meet your guide in San Miguel de Allende and head towards a small community that is 30 minutes away by car.  Once arrived, visit the ranch animals, collect the eggs for your breakfast and learn how to prepare hand-made tortillas and Mexican sauces before enjoying a delicious home-made breakfast. After breakfast, your guide drives you to the canyon where the horseback riding will start. Explore the beautiful area with a river and the traditional cattle ranches. Enjoy the amazing views to take some memorable photos. During this adventure, you will also have the possibility to do activities such as hiking, swimming or get some roping lessons.  Witness a delicious campfire meal prepared by the cowboys on the trail and expand your knowledge about daily ranch activities.  This is a great family-oriented adventure that is a very special experience for everyone.

From San Miguel de Allende: Hiking in the Canyon with Lunch

8. From San Miguel de Allende: Hiking in the Canyon with Lunch

Begin the adventure by meeting your guide at the meeting point in downtown San Miguel. Head off on a 30-minute drive to reach the canyon. Once there, enjoy a maximum 2.5-hour hike accompanied by a Spanish and English-speaking, specialized guide, as well as a local of the area who will share some fun facts about this beautiful location.  The hike will take place on the same trail used for horseback excursions, and is recommended for intermediate hikers. Walk along moderately rugged paths and take in the dramatic scenery unfolding before you. Afterwards, head back to the ranch, where the ladies will have cooked up the best organic, ranch-style meal you'll ever have. This authentic meal will include handmade tortillas, organic cheeses, beans, quesadillas, nopales (cactus), rice, salad, guacamole and salsa, fresh fruit, among other traditional dishes. Settle in and feast on this meal in the company of your group and guide, guaranteed to be one of the best you can find in the San Miguel de Allende area. 

San Miguel de Allende: Overnight Horseback Riding Excursion

9. San Miguel de Allende: Overnight Horseback Riding Excursion

After heading to the meeting point, a guide will take you first to a ranch where you will visit the farm animals and search for eggs for breakfast. After having a traditional home-made breakfast prepared by local women, the guide will take you to Boca de la Cañada, where the horseback riding adventure will start. You will receive a brief introduction about how to ride the horse, before riding to the deepest part of the nearby Coyote Canyon, crossing the river and enjoying the flora and fauna of the area on the way. There will be different opportunities to gallop, rest and search for quartz in the river. You will reach the highest part of the canyon from where you will enjoy a spectacular view. The cowboys will set up the tents here, so you will be able to admire the stars at night. Comfortable tents, sleeping bags and camping chairs will be provided. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to rappel down the 150-foot cliffs of the canyon. This horseback trail riding excursion gives us enough time to take a midnight ride all the way to a neighboring village, where you can stock up on some essentials, or pick up a good tequila to help keep the stories flowing around the campfire. For the more extreme riders, this horseback riding excursion also includes a section where you can gallop or even race full speed at nighttime. The next day, after breakfast, you will continue discovering the great canyon and the natural landscapes before going back to San Miguel. If you are not ready to go back to reality, you can choose to add on a visit to a local hot springs.

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What people are saying about Central Mexico

What a wonderful introduction to two of Mexico's most iconic volcanoes: Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. While you're on this hike, you could contemplate the Aztec myth regarding these mountains. The trail is replete with majestic views of Popocatépetl continuously being revealed and concealed by clouds. I also enjoyed the hike through forests with tall grass; there was something quite ethereal about walking through tall grass. Carlos, our guide, was absolutely fantastic. He was very patient and attentive to potential issues regarding altitude sickness, though none in our group of four was affected by it. For lunch, Carlos took us to a roadside restaurant where I had some pretty amazing tacos. I would highly recommend this particular hike. It was one of the most beautiful treks I have ever taken.

The hiking between the volcanos was a great experience. I was the only participant that day so my guide always made sure we were walking in the right pace for me. The panorama was stunning and l could take a couple of great pictures of Popocatépetl. My guide Bernardo was very friendly and always made sure l was feeling good. He also provided me with additional information about the nature and Mexico in general.

Great walking tour - probably 4-5 hours with stops. A super guide: smart, funny and eager to chat with us. The views are crazy, this is the best way to get the first impression of this area if you haven't been there before and don't know the trails/how to get there on your own.

Get out of CDMX and discover a world away from crowds and cars. An absolute must. I will surely book another mountain hike next time I’m in Mexico.

Our guide, Veronica, was amazing in every way! We enjoyed the hike, the views, the food, and the people. We highly recommend this tour!