The summit of the Popocatépetl volcano can be visited in the state of Puebla, the volcano is over 5400 metres high and rises 70 km south east from Mexico City.
The volcano almost always smokes, which can be observed on various webcams accessible to everyone around the clock. It is also possible to see the volcano glowing red and it can be seen to spit out lava at its tip. For the locals in Mexico City this is everyday life – there is no fear of an eruption or ash rain.
It’s geological history and that of its predecessors began some 430,000 years ago. Its mystical history goes back to the Aztecs when the beautiful daughter of a chief, Iztaccíhuatl, fell in love with Popocatépetl, the leader of another tribe. Iztaccíhuatl died of sorrow and grief when she received the news about the death of her lover during a military campaign. On the day of her funeral, Popocatépetl returned unexpectedly. He carried her in his arms far out of the city up to a mountain. There he had a tomb erected and watched with a burning torch next to her until he too died of grief. Out of her eternal love the two twin volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl were born here. Native Trails offers many individual tours from/to Mexico City on the way to Puebla.