Iztaccihuatl: la mujer dormida
Fotografía: Alejandro Linares García
So the legend goes that el Popo looks after Iztaccíhautl, since they are side by side, and the two together have often been the subject of many an artist’s painting, over the centuries. Records show that the first to reach the summit was in 1889 but other evidence shows that Aztecs and older cultures also climbed the mountain.
Today you can get to the lower reaches by gaining access into the national park Iztaccíhuatl Popocatépetl and normally you have to get a special permit through the army. We have climbed up there on several occasions and it certainly feels very very high, with not a lot of oxygen about. However, it is worth it as it’s quite simply glorious up there and the views spectacular.