Your overnight hiking and camping adventure takes you on an ascent up a dormant volcano, just a 2-hour drive from Mexico City. Your expert guide leads your small group of outdoorsy people up a challenging intermediate trail to a campsite near the top of Iztaccihuatl volcano. Overnight camping on the volcano is a unique experience that's only available with this exclusive tour.
This trip is recommended for people with prior hiking and camping experience who are prepared for a challenging ascent, sleeping in a tent, and simple camping meals. Expect a 4-5 hour hike along a route that requires you to be in good shape. Be sure to bring good hiking shoes, a warm jacket and layers of winter clothing — it's cold up there — but you won't need specialized climbing gear. It is recommended to stay in Mexico City for at least a full day before your trip in order to acclimate and gear up for an early morning start.
Energy snacks are provided along the hike, with stops for two other meals at own expense on the drive to and from the volcano. All camping gear, such as tents and sleeping bags, is provided.
Day 1: Mexico City – Iztaccihuatl (D)
Start your volcano adventure with early morning pickup from central meeting points in Mexico City. Relax in the comfortable minivan as your small group and guide get to know each other during the 2-hour drive east to the town of Tlalmanalco.
In Tlalmanalco, purchase a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant, choosing from a menu that includes tamales, quesadillas, birria (spicy meat stew) and other dishes that fuel you for the Iztaccihuatl volcano hike. Snacks and energy bars are provided during the hike, but if you would like to buy lunch to take with you, you can do so here.
After a satisfying meal, continue your drive, passing through the Valley of Mexico and the Paso de Cortés, named after Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés, who crossed here in 1519 en route to Tenochtitlan. The pass lies between the Popocatépetl volcano and your destination of Iztaccihuatl.
Nicknamed the 'Sleeping Woman' for its dormant snowcapped peaks, Iztaccihuatl is the third-highest volcano in Mexico, piercing the sky at 17,160 feet (5,230 meters). Your hike begins at an elevation of 12,000 feet (3,700 meters), where you follow your guide along an intermediate-level trail up the mountain.
Admire the stunning landscape that includes a surrounding valley and the active volcano Popocatepetl to the south. Also known as ‘Smoking Mountain,’ Popocatepetl is one of the Aztec legends you hear about from your guide. You'll also get some fun facts about the geology, fauna and flora of the area.
Arrive at your camp for the night after approximately five hours of hiking, including stops to rest and snack. After setting up your tents and sleeping bags, enjoy coveted views of the sunset over the snowy peaks and nearby glaciers during a hearty dinner.
Overnight: camping on Iztaccihuatl volcano
Day 2: Iztaccihuatl – Mexico City (B)
Wake up early to catch the sunrise from your perch high up on the volcano. Fuel up with breakfast and then start your descent. After reaching the van, head back to Mexico City, with a stop to buy lunch along the way. Arrive in the city in the late afternoon to end your volcano hiking tour with drop off at a central meeting point in Mexico City.