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Pico de Orizaba, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America, after Denali of the United States and Mount Logan of Canada. It rises above sea level in the eastern end of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla. The volcano is currently dormant but not extinct, with the last eruption taking place during the 19th century. It is the second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.ToponymyPico de Orizaba overlooks the valley and city of Orizaba, from which it gets its name. The name Citlaltépetl is not used by Nahuatl speakers of the Orizaba area, who instead call it Istaktepetl (Iztactépetl in the traditional orthography for Classical Nahuatl), or 'White Mountain'. In the earliest mention of the volcano, it was referred to by the natives during the Pre-Columbian Era as Poyautécatl, which means "the ground that reaches the clouds".
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  • We were a party of 2 and used Summmit Orizaba, which is pricey but makes the trip very convenient, and the family is a joy to meet. They provided a place to stay, meals, experience and advice, and a r...  more »
  • The place: the Orizaba peak height stands as the mountain higher than Mexico with 5700msnm, its scenic beauty is amazing eyes and great satisfaction once at its Summit. The good: it has a shelter for the night and bundle up the tremendous cold, the view is beautiful and you can cook (House who cooking their own food), friendly people which is located in the refuge. ONLY you can climb with guide, the opposite of the refuge does not pass since it is easy to get lost. The bad: the refuge is not very large and if no field is to spend the night in a tent (or tent) but as you can cook. Recommendations: recommended only for people with good physical condition, once on the glacier, the level of effort required is greater. Acknowledgements: Carlos the Guide I hired Mexico trips, excellent person, the incomparable treatment and care of wonder. If you go to the Orizaba peak don't forget to enjoy it to the fullest, then takes the photographs you want.
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  • An enriching life experience has been the visit to the Park "Pico de Orizaba national" full of coexistence in harmony with nature. We chose the rise on the side North of the volcano Pico de Orizaba, which offers the best view of the "Jamapa" Glacier (which constitutes the greater body of ice in the country) having as destination the hostel "Big stone", which is located at 4,274 meters above sea level. Our journey took 5 hours of climbing and half the time to descend, an excellent Trekking developed at a rate of "family walk". Data tools: Security: I think a fairly safe route, expressed opinion because I have noticed that it is preferring foreign climbers, for which reason the village of Tlachichuca and San Miguel Zoapa there are lot of people who are dedicated to transport them in 4 x 4; as well as guide service. Therefore, that being a busy route nearby villagers have interest in maintaining order. How to get there: we leave our vehicle in the town of Miguel Hidalgo, a small village located approximately 3,200 metres above sea level, which is the site where you can reach in conventional vehicles. On this site there is a family hostel, where you can stay. From here follow the path to the own "shot" of the 4 x 4 travelling designated it for you. Hostel Piedra Grande: located "at the foot" of the Pico de Orizaba volcano boasts rustic bunks for approximately 40 persons (tables and without essential mat bring sleeping bag), has a reduced space for cooking, there is outside latrines (no door) and is free, however in seasons much influx of climbers there site, and now it came to pass, and we see different houses of campaign in the periphery. The entrance to the Pico de Orizaba National Park is free. A little history: the Citlaltépetl volcano or "Citlaltépetl" has as original name: "Poyautecatl", which, according to the Mexican Geological Survey, its height is 5,636 meters above the sea level, is the highest in Mexico and the third largest in North America. Enjoy the Pico de Orizaba National Park. LIFE... is a trip!
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