Welcome to Popocatépetl & Iztaccíhuatl
Mexico’s second- and third-highest peaks, volcanoes Popocatépetl (po-po-ka-teh-pet-l; 5452m) and Iztaccíhuatl (iss-ta-see-wat-l; 5220m), form the eastern rim of the Valle de México, about 40km west of Puebla and 70km southeast of Mexico City. While the craterless Iztaccíhuatl is dormant, Popocatépetl (Náhuatl for ‘Smoking Mountain’ and also called Don Goyo and Popo) is very active and its summit has been off-limits since 1996.
The good news is that the fetching Iztaccíhuatl (White Woman), 20km north of Popo from summit to summit, remains open to climbers. From this vantage point there are panoramic views of the plateau, glaciers and across to Popo.