Popocatepetl, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

Popocatépetl is an active volcano, located in the states of Puebla, Mexico, and Morelos, in Central Mexico, and lies in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt. At 5426m it is the second highest peak in Mexico, after Citlaltépetl (Pico de Orizaba) at 5636m.
It is linked to the Iztaccihuatl volcano to the north by the high saddle known as the Paso de Cortés. Popocatépetl is 70km southeast of Mexico City, from where it can be seen regularly, depending on atmospheric conditions. Until recently, the volcano was one of three tall peaks in Mexico to contain glaciers, the others being Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba. In the 1990s, the glaciers such as Glaciar Norte (North Glacier) greatly decreased in size, partly due to warmer temperatures but largely due to increased volcanic activity. By early 2001, Popocatépetl's glaciers were gone; ice remained on the volcano, but no longer displayed the characteristic features of glaciers such as crevasses.
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  • Popocatepetl Volcano Trip was awesome, it is also known As smoking mountain, although surrounded cities were hot but once we reach near the volcano it is getting colder and colder and finally we...  more »
  • Recently visited Popocatepetl which is well worth the visit. Scenery is incredible and their are many vantage points. Go on a clear day for best results  more »
  • I will never forget this place, just stunning! Be prepared with a jacket for when you reach the top, it is cold up there.
  • It's a big, tall, cold old boy with plenty of attitude. Pls dont sass the Popo, because he's got attitude and plenty of power. Reportedly it's very cold at altitude so know your stuff and do your homework to avoid surprises.
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