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Iztaccihuatl Rock Castles Basic Plus & Intermediate Levels Hike

Hosted by a member of the Mexico City Hiking & Outdoors Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 24 Feb 07:00 - 19:00

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These igneous rock formations that resemble castles are encountered close to the 1° Portillo (First Gate) at the Iztaccihuatl volcano. The trail to the Primer Portillo represents less than Protected content of elevation gain, so it should not imply much effort, but due to the altitude (4,405 MASL) it may be difficult for those not used to such height. To engage in this hike you require basic physical fitness.

We'll drive from CDMX to Paso de Cortés, stop at the Park's ranger office to get registered and keep driving towards la Joya (4,048 MASL), which is the main entrance to the climbing routes to the Portillos and Ayoloco. We’ll start climbing towards the First Portillo (4,240 MASL) and then continue trekking toward the Castles (4,405 MASL). When we reach the First Portillo we’ll form two groups if necessary: the Basic Plus Group (participants who are not keeping up with the group or those who don’t want to continue because of fatigue) and the Intermediate Group (participants able to keep up with the group’s pace). The intermediate group will continue to the goal: the Castles. The basic group may rest at the First Portillo or return to la Joya. At this high altitude it’s important not to strain yourself, considering it may carry health consequences.

The hiking routes in Mexico are not always signaled and trails are often not available, for this reason it's important to rely on a certified mountain guide to lead the hike safely. Arturo Esquivel, who has the Certificate for adventure guides in Mexico NOM-09-TUR Protected content , will be our guide. He will work together with an assistant guide.

What you need for the hike:

Adequate footwear is mandatory - Hiking boots or shoes are recommended. At least sneakers are required. If you don’t wear proper shoes you will be discouraged to participate, because the trails are often steep and usually present loose rocks, making it easy to get injured.

• 1 Lt Water

• Sunblock
, hat & sunglasses
• Dress in layers, avoid cotton garments and jeans.

• Warm Jacket and gloves, it usually is quite cold and windy at the top of the mountain


• Lunch & snacks

We'll stop for lunch /dinner at a restaurant on our way back to Amecameca.

IMPORTANT: We are carpooling! If you can bring your own car, please post in the activity wall and indicate how many people you could take with you. If you need a ride please post a message too so that others can offer a lift. If you are getting a ride, please collaborate with gas, tolls and car-wash.

Any questions please post below or contact me!

See you all soon!

Ana Elisa