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Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

1. Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

Meet your guide, then leave the busy streets of Mexico City behind as you head out into the surrounding landscapes towards Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park. Start off with an exploration of the lower parts of the volcanoes at the Paso de Cortes. Follow your guide as you trek through the wilderness, soaking up epic views of the volcanoes while learning about their history and activity. Walk up to the Cerro Altzomoni where you can marvel at Popocatepetl and its fumarole.  Afterwards, descend towards the Amalacaxco Ravine to see an array of native flora and fauna. Return to Paso de Cortes, then travel back to the city, stopping at a traditional market along the way for a delicious and well-deserved lunch.

Nevado De Toluca: Reach the Summit with Professionals

2. Nevado De Toluca: Reach the Summit with Professionals

You will climb the 4th highest volcano in Mexico on this tour with professional guides and all the necessary equipment provided. Admire the stunning landscapes and natural beauty of the area. The route takes you to the Summit of El Nevado de Toluca via the famous Cañada del Oso (Bear Ravine). You will start by walking through the incredible woods that are found on the sides of this magnificent mountain. Once you have arrived at the top, you can take in beautiful views of the woods and valleys all around. You will also be able to spot the lovely lakes inside the crater. This is a route that is definitely well worth the effort.

From Mexico City: Tolantongo Caves Small Group Tour

3. From Mexico City: Tolantongo Caves Small Group Tour

Grab the chance to visit Mexico's Tolantongo Caves on this day tour from Mexico City. Soak and swim in the thermal waters of the cliff pools and explore the many caves of the area. Lookout over crevices and mountains in natural hot springs meant for relaxation. Leave Mexico City first thing in the morning and appreciate a comfortable drive to the Tolantongo Caves. Upon arrival, take a bath in the hot springs, visit the caves, estuaries, pools, and waterfalls. Feel free to explore this paradisical place, 1280 meters above sea level. Visit the hidden paradise section, made up of 40 thermal water pools, including one with a slide. Access the paradise tunnel, which includes a suspension bridge, restaurant area, and zip line. If you want a little more adventure, take the opportunity to combine this relaxing excursion with hiking. Take stunning photos and appreciate activities fun for the whole family.

From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

4. From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

Depart Mexico City and spend the day touring the Izta-Popo National Park. Following pickup from either of the 2 meeting points in the city, head to the foothills of Popocatépetl to start your hike up Iztaccíhuatl from the base of the dormant volcanic mountain. Take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air as you walk in a small group. Your own skill level will determine how high the hike will go, so you won't feel strained beyond your abilities. Popocatépetl is Mexico’s 2nd highest peak and part of the tour offers splendid views of the valley and village of Amecameca below. Marvel at the 3,700-meter high mountain of La Joya in the famous Paso de Cortés, named after the Spanish conquistadors who crossed it on their way to Mexico-Tenochtitlan in 1519.  Descend the mountain for a light lunch in the foothills to replenish your energy. Then, commence the return trip to Mexico City and reflect on the tranquility of the mountain and the miraculous wonder of nature.

Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

5. Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

Get ready for your climb and discover the beautiful countryside that surrounds this emblematic volcanic mountain. Arrive at the first pass and see the other side of the mountain, giving you magnificent views of the volcano Popocatepetl. Continue climbing to a scree slope and arrive at the third pass, passing again to the other side of the mountain where you will be able to see the city of Puebla and the impressive Pico de Orizaba, the highest point in Mexico.  Continue on the last climb to be able to reach our destination, the 100 Hut at 4,720 meters above sea level.

Mexico City: 2-Day Iztaccihuatl Mountain Summit

6. Mexico City: 2-Day Iztaccihuatl Mountain Summit

On the first day of your tour, you will leave Mexico City for the Paso de Cortes. Once having arrived, you will register before proceeding to the Altzomoni Hut. You will then go for an acclimatization walk to the first pass on the mountain, before returning to the hut to eat dinner and to get an early night's rest. You will wake early on the second day, with departure for the summit scheduled for approximately 2:00AM. After 10 hours of hiking, you will be expected to arrive to the peak (5,220 meters) at around midday. Once at the peak, you will be granted with a break to enjoy the views before returning to the hut and being transported back to Amecameca for a highly-deserved hot meal.

From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

7. From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

Depart Mexico City for Tlachichuca, Puebla, where you will take 4X4 to reach the mountain hut in Piedra Grande that will serve as your accommodation for the night. Upon arrival, go on an acclimatization walk and practice using crampons and an ice axe. Return to the hut to have dinner, prepare for the ascent the following day, and get a good night's sleep. Start your trek bright and early before dawn. By the time the sun rises, you will be well-positioned to enjoy incredible views of the valleys surrounding the Pico de Orizaba. Admire the first rays of sun glinting off the stunning glacier that leads to the mountain crater. Follow the glacier to reach the summit at 5,700 meters, the highest point in Mexico and the third-highest in North America. After enjoying the views at the summit, you will descend to the hut where your transport back to Tlachichuca will be waiting for you. Once there, eat a restorative meal before returning to Mexico City.

Mexico City: Chimalistac District Exploration Game

8. Mexico City: Chimalistac District Exploration Game

Take a break from the chaos in the city and take a breath of fresh air at the magical colonial suburb of Chimalistac. Explore places like the Parque De La Bombilla or the Puente del Siglo XVII in this entertaining game. Discover Mexico City’s fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around Chimalistac. Enjoy a game you can play alone, or as a small or large group. Use clues to lead you from one place to the next, with no need for a map or GPS. Solve the problems to unlock the secret stories of this fascinating suburb. Enjoy a game which takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Go at your own pace, with no time limit or restrictions on the number of breaks.

Mexico City: Lights Night Bike Ride

9. Mexico City: Lights Night Bike Ride

Start the tour by pedaling through the great Reforma Avenue's dedicated bike lane. Admire the embellished buildings which are rich in history as you travel towards the Chapultepec Park Main Gate. Enjoy the views framed by the night skyline as you head into Roma-Condesa to enjoy the greenery and outdoor nightlife. Stop here for a beer at a fancy bar. Then continue on to the historic center of downtown. Cruise past monuments and palaces as you discover the colorful sights right at Mexico's heart.  Experience a relaxed night tour when the traffic has slowed down when it is safe to ride a bike. Enjoy the fresh calming climate as you admire the details on the buildings and monuments and learn about the history behind them.

From Mexico City: Full Day Volcano Crater and Lake Hike

10. From Mexico City: Full Day Volcano Crater and Lake Hike

Spend the day away from the hustle-bustle of Mexico City and take in the fresh air while hiking around an extinct volcano. Leave Mexico City in the early morning and relax on an approximately three-hour drive to Nevado de Toluca National Park. Prepare for a hike full of scenic views of Nevado de Toluca and the magnificent landscape of the region.  Once arriving at the volcano, enjoy spending four hours hiking in Nevado de Toluca's crater and around its lakes. Your guides will take you along trails where you can capture the best views and take stunning photographs.

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What people are saying about Mexico City

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 61 reviews

What a wonderful introduction to two of Mexico's most iconic volcanoes: Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. While you're on this hike, you could contemplate the Aztec myth regarding these mountains. The trail is replete with majestic views of Popocatépetl continuously being revealed and concealed by clouds. I also enjoyed the hike through forests with tall grass; there was something quite ethereal about walking through tall grass. Carlos, our guide, was absolutely fantastic. He was very patient and attentive to potential issues regarding altitude sickness, though none in our group of four was affected by it. For lunch, Carlos took us to a roadside restaurant where I had some pretty amazing tacos. I would highly recommend this particular hike. It was one of the most beautiful treks I have ever taken.

The climb up to the summit of Nevado de Toluca was definitely a crowning highlight of my trip to Mexico. Although it is by no means a stroll in the park, I was grateful that I didn't have to be a mountaineer to reach the summit of the fourth highest peak in Mexico and the seventeenth highest peak in North America. The views throughout the entire hike are magnificent and stirring. Our guide Johannes was fantastic. He was very patient and easygoing, always very watchful to potential altitude sickness issues. He has taken trekkers up Nevado de Toluca over a hundred times, so you are definitely in good hands. I would highly recommend this trek up to the summit. This is the Mexico of storied volcanoes, one I will always remember fondly.

The hiking between the volcanos was a great experience. I was the only participant that day so my guide always made sure we were walking in the right pace for me. The panorama was stunning and l could take a couple of great pictures of Popocatépetl. My guide Bernardo was very friendly and always made sure l was feeling good. He also provided me with additional information about the nature and Mexico in general.

Get out of CDMX and discover a world away from crowds and cars. An absolute must. I will surely book another mountain hike next time I’m in Mexico.

The service is incredible and Highly recommended. Wonderful your guide, she was so sweet and made us all feel happy. Our driver was the best.