Travel and Adventure

How Climbers Take on North America's Highest Volcano

Friday, May 25

Rising more than 18,400 feet on the border between Mexico's Puebla and Veracruz states, Pico de Orizaba claims two superlatives: the tallest mountain in Mexico, and the tallest volcano in North America. Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, ""Star Mountain,"" in the indigenous Nahuatl language, is a logical destination for international climbers.

It's majestic, well-traversed, and—near to both Puebla City and Mexico City—very accessible. Which is not to say climbing Orizaba is a low-risk activity. It's had fatalities as recently as a few months ago.