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
* 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).
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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