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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  • Pico de Orizaba is an incredible high altitude climb that is easily accessible from Mexico City – a bucket list must do! I can’t begin to recommend Servimont highly enough as a guiding company – hands...  more »
  • This volcano is a great introduction to high altitude mountaineering. There is nothing technical about it (unless you want it to be). The views are truly rewarding from the top. We went in March 2017 ...  more »
  • 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 »

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