How Climbers Take on North America's Highest Volcano

Published 25 May 2018, 12:51 BST
How Climbers Take on North America's Highest Volcano
How Climbers Take on North America's Highest Volcano

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.

Read More

explore videos

Travel and Adventure1:59

Exclusive: A Conversation with star climber Alex Honnold and the Co-Directors of 'Free Solo'

Travel and Adventure3:07


Travel and Adventure4:05


Travel and Adventure1:30

2018 Adventurer of the Year Emi Koch

Explore Nat Geo

  • Animals
  • Environment
  • History & Culture
  • Science
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Space
  • Adventure
  • Video

About us


  • Magazines
  • Newsletter
  • Disney+

Follow us

Copyright © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society. Copyright © 2015-2016 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved