Mexico: Malinche, Iztaccihuatl and Orizaba

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Mountain tour on the highest volcano in North America with cultural highlights in the land of the Aztecs

This varied mountain tour inspires with an enormous variety of scenic and cultural impressions. You will not only climb some of the most beautiful and highest peaks in the country, but you will also get numerous and authentic insights into the interesting history of Mexico and stay several nights in a mystical 17th century hacienda.

With our company expedition leadership on the highest volcano in North America

The basis for your summit success on the “Mountain of Stars” are the day tours to adjust the altitude to the Malinche and Iztaccihuatl. Enjoy fantastic views of volcanoes, some of which are still active, such as the famous Popocatepetl. As the grand finale, you climb from the fixed mountain hut via the Jampa Glacier to the highest volcano in North America, the Pico de Orizaba (5640 m).

Immerse yourself in the colorful and vibrant culture of Mexico

In addition to spectacular volcanic peaks, you will take a traditional boat trip in Xochimilco and have the opportunity to get to know the manufacturing process of Mezcal agave schnapps and to taste the different varieties. Explore the impressive temple complexes of Teotihuacán (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Monte Alban with an expert guide and embark on an exciting journey of discovery into a long-forgotten world.

Travel Program

Individual arrival in Mexico City. If you booked your flights through DIAMIR, you will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel in the city center. In the evening welcome dinner with all participants. Overnight at hotel. (Sleeping altitude approx. 2100 m, travel time approx. 1 hour).

Colorful boats at the Xochimilco Floating Gardens

Today you will visit the district of Xochimilco with its floating gardens, UNESCO World Heritage Site and also called “the Venice of America”. The inhabitants still move along the Aztec canals according to the old tradition with boats and poles. In the afternoon continue towards Tlaxcala to the foot of the Malinche. Overnight stay in an old hacienda, a country estate from the 17th century (sleeping altitude approx. 2700 m).

Ascent to the acclimatization peak Malinche

At 4461 m, the Malinche is an ideal mountain for altitude adjustment and preparation for the Iztaccihuatl and the Pico de Orizaba. You start early in the morning with the vehicle and drive to the starting point of the hike at approx. 3100 m, from where you can reach the summit in approx. 4 hours. The climb is technically easy. In the afternoon you can relax at the hacienda and make preparations for the next day. Overnight stay as the day before. (walking time approx. 7 hours, 1350 m↑↓).

The active volcano Popocatepetl with ash cloud in the evening light

After breakfast drive to Cholula and visit the remains of the world’s largest pyramid by volume, hidden under an inconspicuous mound of earth and dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl. You can then stroll through the alleys of the colorful town. In the afternoon, continue up the pass between Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl to La Joya base camp at the foot of Iztaccihuatl. Overnight in tent. (sleeping altitude approx. 3970 m).

Altitude adjustment hike at Iztaccihuatl

To adjust the altitude, you climb today on the Iztaccihuatl up to approx. 4400 m. You always have wonderful views of the peak massif of the mountain and its neighbor, the active volcano Popocatepetl. Overnight stay as the day before. (walking time approx. 4 hours).

Ascent over the glacier at Iztaccihuatl

Summit day at Iztaccihuatl. You start the ascent to the first 5000m peak of your journey very early. The third highest mountain in Mexico is also called “the sleeping woman” because of its distinctive shape. The path meanders up both sides of the ridge through rocks and boulders. After about 3-4 hours you will reach the Grupo de los Cien hut. You continue to climb the long ridge and cross the remains of the glacier. After about 7-8 hours you finally reach the highest point of the mountain, “El Pecho” (the breast) at 5286 m. You are directly opposite the active Popocatepetl and can enjoy a fantastic view. The descent follows the same route (about 5 hours). Drive to Cholula and overnight in hotel. (walking time approx. 12-13h, 1200 m↑↓).

Santo Domingo Monastery, Mexico

Drive to Oaxaca. You can explore the old town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) on your own or optionally visit the Santo Domingo Museum and Monastery, which houses the unique treasures of Monte Alban, among other things. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Weaver at work in Teotitlan del Valle

After breakfast, drive to Teotitlan del Valle, the city of Mexican carpets, where carpets and rugs are made by hand using a unique technique. On the way you will visit the production site of the world-famous agave brandy Mezcal, which owes its fame to the worm in the bottle. For lunch there are typical delicacies from the region around Oaxaca. Return and overnight stay as on the previous day.

Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico

Today you will visit the imposing ruins of Monte Alban, the former cultural center of the Zapotecs and one of the greatest pyramid complexes in Mexico. From the high plateau you can enjoy a fascinating view over the complex. Then drive towards Pico de Orizaba to the small town of Miguel Hidalgo. You move into a cozy mountaineer’s accommodation and enjoy a fantastic view of your upcoming summit destination. Overnight stay in the guest house.

Hike to Altitude Adjustment at Orizaba

After breakfast, load the 4×4 vehicles and drive up to the Piedra Grande base camp. While you are trekking for altitude adjustment, our team is already setting up the tent camp near the mountain hut. Back at camp, start preparing for the summit day. Overnight in tent. (sleeping altitude approx. 4250 m).

Only a few meters to the summit of the Pico de Orizaba

Summit day at the highest volcano in North America – the Pico de Orizaba, or Citlaltépetl (in English: mountain of stars), as the locals call it. Already shortly after midnight you start the ascent. After about 2-3 hours, the crampons have to be put on and the route continues on the Jampa Glacier over firn and ice. The gradient of the slope reaches about 35° up to the edge of the crater. After about 9-10 hours you are at 5640 m, the highest volcanic peak in Mexico and all of North America. The huge crater opens up directly in front of you and in the distance you can see other volcanoes, some of which are active. After a rest at the summit and an obligatory summit photo, it’s the same way back down to the base camp (approx. 4-5 hours). In the evening drive to Tlaxcala. Overnight at hotel. (walking time approx. 13-14h, 1390 m↑↓).

Bullring in the historic center of Tlaxcala

After the strenuous mountain tour, today is a free day in Tlaxcala. Relax in the hotel or explore the colonial old town with its famous murals, old city walls and Bull Square. Many beautiful alleys, magnificent buildings and colorful markets invite you to stroll and buy souvenirs. In the evening you will enjoy a typical Mexican dinner together. Overnight stay as the day before.

Experience pure culture in the temple city of Teotihuacan

In the morning you drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teotihuacán, one of the most impressive ruins in the world. The pyramid complex was built by an unknown people before the time of the Aztecs and has only been partially uncovered during the previous excavations. You will embark on a sightseeing tour exploring some of the most important buildings such as the 63m high Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Temple of the Toltec god Quetzalcoatl. In the afternoon drive back to Mexico City. Along the way, you’ll also have a chance to taste the “drink of the gods”: pulque, an alcoholic drink made from fermented agave. In the evening you can celebrate your summit successes in a typical mariachi bar in Plaza Garibaldi. Overnight at hotel.

Mexico City Cathedral – the oldest cathedral in America

After breakfast you have the opportunity to visit the Anthropological Museum and the central square in the heart of the capital on your own. Here you will find the impressive cathedral and the remains of the Templo Mayor, which lie hidden just below today’s metropolis Mexico City. In the afternoon transfer to the airport and individual journey home or extension.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Peru Expeditions Tours Mountain Guide Certified professional by: IVBV – UIAGM – IFMGA
  • Additional English-speaking local mountain guides (one mountain guide for every 4 participants)
  • All trips in private vehicles
  • Local cooking team in the mountain huts
  • All entrance fees and fees according to the program
  • 7 nights : Hotel in a double room
  • 3 nights : tent
  • 2 nights : Hacienda in a double room
  • 1 night : guest house in the MBZ (shared bathroom)
  • Meals: 13× F , 4× M , 5× M (LB) , 8× A

Not included:

  • International flights to Mexico / round trip
  • Transportation of the bicycle extra weight or payment flights
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Departure tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel Accident and health insurance (*Be required to have accident insurance)
  • Individual trips and visits outside the program is not mentioned in our program
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals and alcoholic drinks in restaurants on the cities
  • Personal equipment (mountain bike staff, special shoe bike, helmet, jackets, sleeping bag, mattress, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

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Duration: 14 days
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Country / Location: Mexico
Mountain Guide: Eric Albino Lliuya
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