Paso de Cortes
Paso de Cortes
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Carlos R
Mexico City, Mexico369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Glaciers ceased to exist on volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl in Mexico and snow is scarce lately on them but sometimes snow comes back and the landscape is awsome!
Written 22 February 2024
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Carlos R
Mexico City, Mexico369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
From Paso de Cortés, a place between the beautiful volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, you can admire beautiful things. This time I could witness a strange combination of clouds and volcanic ashes producing a dragon like shape.
Written 6 September 2023
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Carlos R
Mexico City, Mexico369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
The day I visited Paso de Cortés was a clear one and the mountains around were covered by snow, so the landscape was amazing.
Written 14 June 2021
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josearnoldo
Cuautla, Mexico20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Amazing views of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes and of the Valley of Mexico. You climb to the high pass between the two volcanoes along a twisting highway through a beautiful pine forest.
Written 26 October 2019
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Donald K
Edmonton, Canada1,140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
At a few feet short of 12,000 this is the highest I think I have ever been. Would have been nice to have a bathroom around. There was a place inside the building that sold snacks so why not have a bathroom. We stopped a roadside turnoff to get a nice picture of the volcano and it seems many people stop there to urinate based on the smell. The road past Paso de Cortes was closed due to volcanic activity but there was a super bad road that went down to Puebla. Halfway down there was a guy selling christmas trees even though we saw 4 cars in the 2 hour trip.
Written 7 December 2018
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Robert C
Redlands, CA2,422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
The drive up to this pass allowed us to get out of the Mexico City smog and get great views of Popo and Izta. It also added context to the invasion of Cortez which remains one of the most amazing historical events I am aware of. It also helps one get bearings on Cuernavaca and Puebla in relation to Mexico City and each other.
Written 1 April 2018
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206ed
Zacatecas, Mexico2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We are riding through Mexico and this route was a great escape from Mexico City. After Mexico City we stayed for a couple of nights at Amecameca which is a nice quiet town and is located at the base of the climb on the Mexico City side. Tackling the climb up to the pass, the road was good for cycling, smooth and fairly quiet with lots of shade over the road. A tough ride though as the altitude started to affect our breathing and the continuous climbing requires some endurance.
Lots of roadside eateries to have a bite or a drink.(this was on the weekend and they may not be there during he week)
Once we reached the pass we enjoyed the view of both volcanoes and Popo was steaming quite well. A very clear day with good views. It seems we had risen above the Mexico City smog which envelopes views back to Mexico City on the way up.
The road down from the pass is initially quite rough and we were on the brakes most of the way. There are great views of Mt Popo on this dirt road though and it's worth looking back as you descend.
Road soon turned to asphalt and we zoomed the rest of the way into Cholula then an easy ride into Puebla.
Written 12 February 2017
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Brenda F
Rio de Janeiro, RJ44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
About an hour drive up from Ayapango. Pretty deserted drive but you reach Paso de Cortes (where Cortes passed through both volcanoes). Worth it but cloudy. And it's FREE!
Written 22 June 2016
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Jeffrey W
Newport, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
The day we arrived in Amecameca Popo was stunning and emitting quite a lot of steam, gas and ash. Sadly when we went up to the pass early the next morning the peak of the volcano was shrouded in mist/low cloud. In fact it actually snowed while we were up there! However, worth a visit and I am sure the views are great on some mornings. Plenty of walks in the area but you are not allowed to venture up onto Popo itself.
Written 31 March 2016
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ScenicRoute_Kate
San Diego, CA117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
We took a tour from Puebla. The journey to Paso de Cortes is much more difficult than from the Mexico City / Amecameca side because there is no paved road. The journey up was over an hour of very bumpy, rutted "road" in October, maybe it is better when the ground is drier. We didn't mind as we took a tour and let someone else do the driving.

It was fairly cloudy so the views were not spectacular for us, and it was pretty chilly, despite being very warm in Puebla, so bring layers. We also walked to the waterfall, and had good views of parts of Itza from that trail. On the way up we stopped for lunch at BuenaVista Village Turistica, which was a great stop - tasty food and warm drinks. It was good we stopped because there were no food vendors open during the week when we reach the top.

One of the main highlights of the trip was stopping at a beautiful Franciscan retreat, just above BuenaVista It was stunning and well worth the side trip if you are coming up from the Puebla side.
Written 10 October 2015
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