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Orizaba's Peak

Orizaba

Legend goes that the god Quetzalcóatl, one day climbed the slopes of this volcano searching for the path to eternity. Upon reaching the crater, the fire burned his body and soul taking the shape of a quetzal. The ashes that remained floating in the air covered the sun for four days and only then did the majestic bird fly, revealing its plumage so bright that it looked like a star in the sky. Since then, it was called Citlaltépetl (Cerro de la Estrella/Star’s Hill).

This volcano, 77 kilometers (47 miles) from the city of Orizaba, is a must see. Its white landscapes and natural wealth, hypnotize adventure lovers. One of the best times of the year to visit it is in autumn and winter, when from the mountainside you can see the star Venus cross the sky to place itself just above the crater, as a mystical reminiscence of the legend.

the last centimeter of its 6,000-meter (19685 foot) height, since it is a matter of great pride to boast that you reached the top of the highest volcano in Mexico and the third highest in North America. It is these experienced climbers who can get to know the Jamapa glacier, the only glacier that remains intact.

For beginners or with less condition, the Parque Nacional Pico de Orizaba (Pico de Orizaba National Park) also has options such as mid-mountain hiking, mountain biking or walks to take pictures of its flora (pines, firs and holm oaks), fauna (coyotes, hares, weasels , deer, pumas, moles, rabbits) and landscapes that include crystal clear rivers and impressive canyons.

Legend goes that the god Quetzalcóatl, one day climbed the slopes of this volcano searching for the path to eternity. Upon reaching the crater, the fire burned his body and soul taking the shape of a quetzal. The ashes that remained floating in the air covered the sun for four days and only then did the majestic bird fly, revealing its plumage so bright that it looked like a star in the sky. Since then, it was called Citlaltépetl (Cerro de la Estrella/Star’s Hill).

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This volcano, 77 kilometers (47 miles) from the city of Orizaba, is a must see. Its white landscapes and natural wealth, hypnotize adventure lovers. One of the best times of the year to visit it is in autumn and winter, when from the mountainside you can see the star Venus cross the sky to place itself just above the crater, as a mystical reminiscence of the legend.

the last centimeter of its 6,000-meter (19685 foot) height, since it is a matter of great pride to boast that you reached the top of the highest volcano in Mexico and the third highest in North America. It is these experienced climbers who can get to know the Jamapa glacier, the only glacier that remains intact.

For beginners or with less condition, the Parque Nacional Pico de Orizaba (Pico de Orizaba National Park) also has options such as mid-mountain hiking, mountain biking or walks to take pictures of its flora (pines, firs and holm oaks), fauna (coyotes, hares, weasels , deer, pumas, moles, rabbits) and landscapes that include crystal clear rivers and impressive canyons.

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