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Popocatépetl, the second highest peak in Mexico.
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Popocatépetl is the second highest peak in Mexico at 17,802 ft (5,426 m) and active volcano which is located in Izta-Popo, Zoquiapan National Park. Popocatépetl is 45 miles (72 km) southeast of Mexico City, where it shows as a part of everyday city skyline under unpolluted clear conditions and from town of Puebla it is only 25 miles (40 km).
What Makes It Special
Izta-Popo, Zoquiapan National Park covers an area of 65,455 acres (26,500 hectares). Its most notable sights are the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, which are the second and third highest elevations in Mexico. Nahuas a group which belongs to native peoples of Mexico considers Popocatépetl a sacred place and makes offerings to it. There are 14 monasteries near the Popocatépetl volcano in central Mexico which were built in the 16th century by members of the Franciscan, Dominican and Augustinian orders, four of them built on the slopes of the volcano others in its vicinity.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
For climbing the volcano best time to visit is from November to March, for visiting - all the year round. Popocatépetl is recently closed for climbing due to period of volcanic activity which began in 1994.
Web Sites: Parque Nacional Izta-Popo Zoquiapan