Paso de Cortes, Amecameca

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The Paso de Cortés is the mountain pass or saddle between the Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl volcanoes in central México. It thus forms part of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, and is a place where the normally southeast-tending continental divide heads north for over 10 miles. The altitude of the pass is about 3400 m. (11,150 ft.) It is located in the Municipality of Amecameca in the State of Mexico.HistoryThe name derives from the fact that in 1519 Hernán Cortés and his men, after the battle and massacre of Cholula, marched over this pass to the valley of Mexico and city of Tenochtitlán in order to confront the Aztecs and their emperor Moctezuma. It is said (but also denied) that some of Cortés' men climbed Popocatépetl at this time, lowered each other into the crater, and brought back sulphur to make gunpowder with.AccessThere is a paved road from Amecameca on the Mexico City side up to the Paso de Cortés and from there south to Tlamacas at the beginning of the pot of Popocatépetl or north to the area near the feet of Ixtaccíhuatl. The Paso can also be reached on dirt trails, at least sometimes drivable by 4-wheel-drive vehicles, from Cholula.
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  • It is a place with a unique view, certainly it is worthwhile to go there with family, take nice photos, admire the nature of the volcano and take advantage of the visit to bring food and make a picnic in established areas to make a roast beef.
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  • It is a place for adventurers and nature lovers, as you know is unpredictable the climate so that from one moment to another can cloud, unwind, rain, snow or be sunny. Essential to plan your trip before you go, because there are several places that you can visit and would not give time visiting them all. This jewel, Apatlaco, the Paso de Cortés, 4 sidescuttles refuge and havens which are Iztaccíhuatl, etc. Always wear Windbreakers, thermal clothing, changes of clothes, food, water and sweets. And please pay your entrance to the Park, thus we support the conservation of the IztaPopo Park. More than 50 visits to this place to practice mtb, trail running, hiking, and mountain climbing...
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  • The starting point for walks and hikes through the National Park Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Here, you need to pay entrance and register to be allowed on to the volcanoes. From here enjoy breathtaking views of the volcano Popocatepetl. The truth is, be prepared to wait for the volcano, because he almost always hidden by clouds. But spectacle is worth it. Also from here you can see the Iztaccíhuatl volcano. Even in hot weather is cold at that altitude, so take warm clothes.
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