Multi-Day Tour

The Volcano Mountain Climbing Expedition (10 days)

Journey Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico To Mexico City, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099


Day 1
Mexico City, Mexico
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Today you will be met by your driver outside of customs (international flights) or after leaving the secured area of the terminal (domestic flights) and privately transferred in vehicle from the Mexico City airport to your Mexico City hotel.

Day 2
Mexico City, Mexico
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Half day tour of Mexico City.

Day 3
Mexico City, Mexico
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You will depart Mexico City in vehicle after breakfast to Huamantla (approximately 3 hrs.) for lunch before continuing in vehicle on to the mountain refuge (1 hr.) near the Malinche volcano. The lodge is operated as part of IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institution). Here you will have an orientation about mountaineering and explanation about the equipment, apparel, and the strategy for ascending Malinche.

Day 4
Mexico City, Mexico
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You will leave at 3am to attempt the first peak of Malinche on foot. Today’s ascent will take you through a forested stretch followed by open areas changing to volcanic ash/sand as you ascend the final portion of glacial material. The only technical equipment you will need is a walking stick and a headlamp (for the first hours of the climb in the morning). You will climb 1161 meters or 3,831 ft over approximately 10 km or 6 miles.After climbing the Malinche volcano, you will then be transported to Puebla in vehicle (approximately 2.5 hours)

Day 5
Puebla, Mexico
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Today you will have a privately guided leisurely tour of historic downtown of Puebla and Cholula (mix of vehicle and on foot). You will have the rest of the afternoon to relax.

Day 6
Puebla, Mexico
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After breakfast you will travel in vehicle up to Paso de Cortez and register with the National park to climb Iztaccihuatl (2.5hours) of paved road and then 1.5 hours of dirt road in vehicle. Paso de Cortes is the route by which Cortes arrived to Mexico City from Veracruz to conquer the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan (present day Mexico City). You will then continue to the Altzomoni refuge to spend the night.

Day 7
Puebla, Mexico
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Today you will ascend to the second camp on foot, Ayoloco, where you will stay until midnight. You will ascend through open grasslands, volcanic ash, and glacial material. You will only need your piton as a walking stick.

Day 8
Mexico City, Mexico
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You will start at midnight to attempt to ascend the summit on foot. After ascending, you will return back to the base of the volcano where you will be transferred back to our Mexico City hotel to relax for the rest of the night. Today you will walk a total of 16 kms. You will start by ascending through volcanic ash/sand and glacial material before reaching the glacier. Once on the glacier you will use your piolet, crampons, and rope. The maximum inclination of the glacier is 45 degrees and the minimum inclination is 30 degrees. You will gain a total of 686 mts (2,263 ft) and descend a total of 1468 mts (4844 ft). Upon return to the first basecamp on foot you will be transported in vehicle to your Mexico City hotel (2 hrs).

Day 9
Mexico City, Mexico
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Private Tour of Teotihuacan and Basilica de Guadalupe.

Day 10
Mexico City, Mexico
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Private Transfer from the Hotel to Mexico City Airport

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This ten day mountain climbing trip will take you up two beautiful Mexican volcanoes where you will explore the mountaintops, caves, and glaciers of central Mexico. You will also visit the charming towns of Puebla and Cholula outside of Mexico City. The Volcano Mountain Climbing Expedition is the perfect trip for mountain climbing enthusiasts interested in both adventure and culture travel in Mexico.


Malinche volcano - This mountain was named after the Indian lover and interpretor for Cortez and is a great mountain to climb and enjoy.

Puebla and Cholula - Amazing cities that demonstrate the culture of Mexico.

Iztaccihuatl - This mountain is famous in Mexico for the legend behind the shape of it's peaks. It is the lowest mountain in Mexico that still has ice and glaciers on it all year round.

Paso de Cortes - the route by which Cortez arrived to Mexico City from Veracruz to conquer the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan (now known as Mexico City).

Teotihucan and Basilica de Guadalupe - Visit the 3rd most important religious center worldwide- the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

About Us

Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry

Delightful trip

By: Ginger

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

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By: Magritte's Hat

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.


By: kerri

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

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By: Bob

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

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Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

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By: Rita

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar