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Pico de Orizaba, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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Volcano Mountain
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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  • This is the third highest peak in North America. I went with my son-in-law who is an experienced mountaineer and my daughter. Neither my daughter or I have much mountaineering experience. We hired OMG...  more »
  • We flew to Mexico City, used an amazing small local company for all the logistics (Nómada), drove to Tlachichuca, took jeeps to the Hut at 14,000 ft and summited the very next day. Gorgeous climb, the...  more »
  • 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 »