Category: Mexico

Fun Facts about the Rocky Mountains

There runs through the heart of our country a mighty spine of rock … a jagged 3,000 mile wonder that separates the Great Plains from the Western Plateau, and the deserts of New Mexico from the woodlands of Canada. Truly, this is the Purple Mountain Majesty that we sing of, and the Rocky Mountain High that has …

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Stargazing from the Summit of Sierra Negra

The summit of Sierra Negra is a special place. It is an extinct volcano with bragging rights as the fifth-highest peak in Mexico. Its prominence is just 1,770 feet (540 m), but its location in the higher altitude neighborhood of Pico de Orizaba, the summit of Sierra Negra reaches a maximum of 15,030 feet (4,580 …

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Popocatépetl – Central Mexico’s Smoking Mountain

About two hours outside of Mexico City, in the state of Puebla, towers Popocatépetl, the second-highest peak in Mexico at an elevation of 17,880 feet (5,450 m). Popocatépetl, a volcano locally known as “el Popo,” spends part of the year with a snow-covered peak. With more than 25 million people living within a 62-mile (100 …

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Tickling the Mexican Sky on Top of La Malinche

While all mountains have an interesting story to tell, rooted in geological drama and local legend, La Malinche, with her rippling contours, spins a more intriguing yarn than most. Soaring above the border between Puebla and Tlaxcala states in Mexico with a prominence of 6,300 feet (1,920 m), La Malinche’s peak reaches into the sky …

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Pico de Orizaba, a.k.a. Citlaltépetl: The Heights of Sorrow and Joy

At the top of the list of the world’s most prominent dormant volcanoes, after Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro is Mexico’s Pico de Orizaba, known by its Nahuatl name as Citlaltépetl, meaning “Mountain of the Star.” With a prominence of 16,148 feet (4,922 m) and an elevation estimated at 18,491 feet (5,636 m), Pico de Orizaba is the …

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Iztaccíhuatl: The Peak of Mexican Ecstasy & Heartbreak

Standing proudly at 17,160 feet (5,230 m), Iztaccíhuatl boasts the third highest peak in Mexico. Like some of the largest mountains in Mexico, such as Popocatépetl and La Malinche, Iztaccíhuatl is a volcano (now extinct) in the center of the country. It is one of the few remaining mountains in Mexico to have a peak …

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