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National parks

view on PopocatépetlIn the neighborhood of Puebla, you will be able to practice different activities in wonderful landscapes. You can visit the National Park Izta-Popo*, the National Park La Malinche as well as the Reserve of the Biosphere of the Valley of Tehuacán, (the biggest in the world). Twelve kilometers (7.5 miles) south-east from Puebla, towards Valsequillo, especially with children, you can go to the park Africam Rhinocéros where bears, tigers and other exotic animals freely roam (200 ha-2000 animals). You can also watch many birds. Open daily from 10AM to 5PM for the tickets and 06:30PM for the park, entrance fee: mxn$232 for adults and mxn$225 for children :
Departure on autobus from CAPU (central autobus station in Puebla and also from Mexico–Tapo).

      Above picture : view on Popocatépetl

* It is located 55 km (34miles) from Puebla and 70 km (43miles) from Mexico City. It is a protected natural site of more than 25,600 ha of hills and mountains (with the second and third highest points in the country : Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl). Because it is an active volcano, the access to Popocatépetl is not allowed but you can consider nice hikes in pine and live oak forests.

The well trained climber can ascent the Iztaccihuatl, «the sleeping woman», another volcano of 5, 286 m (17,342 feet) elevation, more difficult but totally extinct so safe. This volcano was named after a Nathtuatl legend saying that a Popocatépetl warrior fell in love with Princess Iztaccihuatl. Her father required that the young man fights one of the most dangerous enemies of the tribe. He won the fight but the young princess succumbed to her pain thinking he could die. Popocatépetl carried her body to the top of a hill and started a fire at her bedside. The fire is still burning nowadays.
The mountain lovers can find many possibilities of trekking. In order to reach the summit of Iztaccihuatl, you have to spend a night in a basic hut located 4 or 5 hours from the top. You have to start early morning and be in good physical shape. You can hire local guides if needed (they stay in Amecameca).

El Volcan Popocatépetl in Mexico

You can also reach the small city of Amecameca through a pass planted with dark pines, the Paso de Cortes, located at an elevation of 3,800m (12, 467 feet). The pass is named after the Spanish conquistador who saw the city of Tenochtitlán (Mexico City) for the first time while coming from Veracruz. When crossing the pass, you’ll have to show an authorization obtained at the office of the National Park, in Amecameca close to the market.

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