is a country with a real shortage of
Orizaba will make the best ski ascent, with over 600m of steep descent on the summit glacier, and a reasonably short hike to get there from the road end. Another option would be the Ayoloco glacier route on Ixtacihuatl, another nice steep slope that should hold snow well in the wet season.
Popocatepetl is a volcano with forested slopes and a
Popo and its neighboring volcano Iztaccihuatl (17,342 feet.) dominate the sky southeast ofCity. They are located less than fifty miles from the city, and are separated from each other by a ten mile ridge. Popo’s last major eruption was in 1947, although on December 21st 1994, it awakened from dormancy, spewing gas and ash, which was carried by the wind as far as Puebla, 25 miles east. Surrounding towns were evacuated, and scientists have since been closely monitoring Popo for signs of a possible eruption.
The first recorded ascent of Popocatepetl was by the Tecuanipas tribe in 1289. The first Spanish ascent of the mountain was an expedition led by Diego de Ordaz in 1519. Emperor Moctezuma sent ten warriors to climb the mountain sometime between 1502 and 1519. Only two of these warriors survived the climb.
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