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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  • If you want to go hiking with medium to low complexity level you can take some of the paths that are born in the passage of cuts. Before you sign up for your safety. In addition to the historical interest, as the name suggests, here Hernán haircuts step towards Tenochtitlan, the natural environment is really amazing with the views of the two volcanoes.
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  • When first I saw mentioned "Paso de Cortes" was a historical fact, which aroused my interest in meeting him. Finally I was able to go and it is definitely a beautiful place that is worth knowing, respecting nature. This place lends itself to admire in all its splendour nature and the landscape that offers this place, in addition that can perform activities such as hiking, running or biking. I loved!
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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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