Places – The Sleeping Woman (Iztaccihuatl) Volcano

Most Mexican volcanos have an indigenous name, and the ‘Sleeping Woman´ is no different. Better known as Iztaccihuatl, it is the third highest peak in Mexico and located about 40 miles (60 km) southeast of Mexico City in the Izta-Popo National Park. Here are some general details:

  • Elevation (feet): 17338
  • Elevation (meters): 5286
  • Range: Trans-Mexican Ranges
  • Best months for climbing: December-April
  • Volcanic status: Dormant
  • Nearest major airport: Mexico City, Mexico

The best way to get there is to fly into Mexico City and take a taxi to the Topo Bus Terminal, where you can board a bus to a town called Amecameca (see below). It is recommended to register in Amecameca at the tourist centre behind the market, and then to make your way to Paso de Cortes (see below), where you must register again. If you are using a car, you can drive to nearby La Joya (see below), the furthest point accessible by car. From la Joya you can start your climb.

The track to the sleeping hut can get a little confusing so a guide is recommended. Ask at the Paso de Cortes for more instructions. The sleeping hut is located at 4780m and it provides space for up to 15 climbers. Enjoy the climb.


Photo Above: A Map for Reference of the Routes from Mexico City
to the Izta-Popo National Park.


Photo Above: View of Iztaccihuatl volcano from a distance.
Note the shape of the volcano is in the form of a sleeping woman.


Photo Above: View of Iztaccihuatl volcano from Paso de Cortes.

Photo Above: Iztaccihuatl Climb and Popocatepetl volcano.

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