Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl refers to two things in Mexico. The first is its beloved folklore, a legend that has been passed on from generation to generation. The second is in reference to the snow-capped mountains of which this legend is based from. It’s probably quite unthinkable to find this in a tropical paradise, but Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl really does become covered with snow at certain times of the year.
Popocatépetl is known as the second highest peak in the country and it’s actually an active volcano. Iztaccíhuatl is the third highest, that links to the other peak. Archeological evidence shows that this mountain has been explored by Aztecs early on.
Today though, these mountains are summit peaks trekkers, hikers and climbers visit. Ixta is especially more popular of the two, given that it is already extinct, with a unique topography at that.
Ixta is especially described like a sleeping lady. The north side of the mountain is considered its head while the summit, where climbers converge, is where her breasts are. The stomach part of the mountain is its most glaciated area and far south is the sub peak, or her feet.
Some level of skill or expertise is required to climb this, but even a 12 year old is allowed, given that the child knows how to handle himself during the course of the travel.
For first timers, the course to take is usually by ‘The Ridge of the Sun’, which starts off at her feet, to the stomach and to the breast (or the summit).
Surrounding the area is the National Park, which was preserved beginning 1937. Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl is filled with extraordinary species of animals as well, including the white-tailed deer, the lynx and the zacatuche.
The best conditions to climb Ixta though is between the months of December and March and you have to have a permit to do so.