Pico de Orizaba, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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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  • August 11, 2017
    I limbed Pico de Orizaba in March 2017. We flew into Mexico City and our guide company drove us to Tlachichuca, the hut where everyone stays before summit day. It does get pretty loud at night, so you...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    I've gone several times with my boyfriend and I now spouse, it feels different to be there maybe a little by the height of the place and the thrill of the challenge of climbing. We have been at the beginning of February which is still winter cold is very endurable maybe between 1-5 degrees with similar wind chill. Don't forget to bring sweets or chocolates to consume while you do the rise.
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  • July 10, 2017
    I have made several trips with Mexico crossings and I cannot highlight professionalism in its services. When we climb Pico de Orizaba they did everything possible to explain and mentalizing you will be experience and care must take. Accompany you throughout the tour. It really is a great experience that is worth doing with a company qualified in all aspects.
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