Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park - THE BACKPACKING



Monday, December 8, 2014

Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park

This national park covers an area of 25.679 hectares and covers parts of the states of Mexico, Puebla and Morelos. Volcanoes, majestic and imposing, were admired and feared by the ancient inhabitants of Mexico, who wove stories around them, amounted to
their summits, built temples and offered up and made sacrifices.

The Spanish conquistadors also wanted to know, is known to Diego de Ordaz, soldier of Cortez, climbed Popocatepetl looking sulfur. Since then, both mountains, which are the second and third peaks in the country, were well attended by scouts and mountaineering enthusiasts, so near the summit shelter was installed.

It has a height of 5,542 meters. Its cone is Strombolian and is believed to have formed 12 million years younger than being Iztaccihuatl and the Ajusco. Your continued volcanological activity earned him his name, which in Nahuatl means "mountain that smokes".

To reach the volcano should leave the town of Amecameca and 28 km to reach the hostel located at 3,900 meters above sea level Tlamacas where no accommodation. Here is a record of the Alpine Rescue that records all those who want to climb it. Wide sidewalks allow the walker to walk enjoying the scenery, clean air and cold. The forest vegetation consists of pines, firs, Zacatones and various flowers. The fauna of this area compose rabbits, skunks, squirrels, gophers, gray fox, bobcat, coyotes and whitetail deer. 29 species of birds are reported. The best months to visit and climb the Popocatépetl are from November to March.

Its name in Nahuatl means "white woman" or "Sleeping Woman", and due to its shape is similar to that of a woman lying. Its altitude ranges between 5,280 and 4,741 meters. Among the preshipánicos inhabitants it was considered one sacred mountain. its caves reveal the cult Iztaccihuatl and his party among the Nahua coincided with Tlaloc.

You can reach the mountain drive down a dirt road to the railway microwave Alsomoni where it is recommended to leave the car. From here you have to walk an hour to where the climb begins.

The vegetation of conifers and oaks is very important in the water cycle for the formation and soil conservation, as it works as an ecological island. At low and glens parties has cloud forests -characterized by moisture, soil and presence of clouds-, grasses, shrubs and alpine pastures, inhabited rabbits, squirrels, mice, armadillos, deer and teporingos.

From the Federal District Mexico-Puebla. No. 150 motorway to the deviation to Cuautla, continue to Amecameca and diverted to Tlamacas.

You can hike, bike high mountain climbing, horseback riding and camping. For those planning to scale, it is important to register at the Park offices, located in Amecameca, near the market. The best months to visit this place is from November to March.