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Volcan Popocatepetl (Popo)  Puebla   #13871
Ranges: North America Ranges / Mexican Ranges

Height: 5426 m -> 17802 feet
Prominence?: 3126 m  
Line Parent?: Pico de Orizaba (142.7 km away, at bearing 89 degrees)
Greater Parent: Pico de Orizaba (143.0 km away)

Location:   19.02265,-98.62791     19:01:22, -98:37:40   14Q 539157 2103375 (45 km W of Puebla).   AreaCode: BJ98/AG22
First Ascent: 1519 Diego de Ordaz and 9 other soldiers
Popocatepetl - North Side
This peak is #2 on the Height List for Puebla . This peak is #2 in Prominence List for Puebla .Popocatepetl is by far the most famous volcano in Mexico, no doubt because of its eruptive history and location just southeast of Mexico City. It can be seen from downtown Mexico City during a clear day, which is unfortunately quite rare because of persistent smog. It's the second highest mountain in Mexico and fifth highest in North America. When not closed to climbing, it's an easy peak to ascend. The lower slopes are green with coniferous forest and grasslands, dotted with abundant flowering lupins. The summit crater however has steep inside walls that are 250-450 m deep.

Name Notes: Popocatepetl is an Aztec word meaning "Smoking Mountain". It was first climbed in 1519 by ten soldiers in Cortes' army. They were ordered by Cortes to check out the summit before their quest for the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, which was located near the centre of today's Mexico City. There is still controversy whether anyone in the party actually reached the summit, especially since Popocatepetl was erupting at the time.

Trip Reports within 1 km
61 1975.12.18 Climbing Volcan Popocatepetl Klaus Haring

Comments
2015.02.14 Height and Location Notes Robin Tivy
 

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
21 Popocatepetl - North Side Kevin Altheim
13 The crater and summit of Volcan Popocatepetl Klaus Haring

Placename Photos
17 Summit ridge of Iztaccihuatl Klaus Haring