Mount Citlaltepetl is a mountain in the southern part of Mexico, near Puebla. It is considered one of the most beautiful and sacred mountain ranges in Mexico. The mountain was named after the Aztec goddess Cihuacóatl, which means “she who yawns” or “she who opens her mouth.”
The name Citlaltepetl means “place of stone,” and it is also known as “the Mountain of the Two Gods.” In Aztec mythology, this is where Huitzilopochtli, the god of war and sun, lived before he became Quetzalcoatl. Mount Citlaltepetl is one of the highest snow-covered summits in Mexico. When you get there, you’ll find that it’s not as easy as it looks—the mountain is covered in snow and ice, making it virtually impassable. That’s why most people go to Mount Citlaltepetl for the day trip. Some other mountain from my recommendation are Everest, Manaslu, K2, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Cho Oyu, Mera Peak.
Mount Citlaltepetl climbing weather is best from May to October. During the spring, there are two distinct seasons: the rainy season (March through June) and the dry season (July through October). In the summer months, temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. In the winter months, temperatures can drop as low as -20 degrees Celsius.
Some tips for hiking and mountaineering at Citlaltepetl:
1. Arrive at the visitor center and check in with the ranger on duty. They will be able to provide you with information about the mountain and any current conditions that you should be aware of.
2. Take some time to explore the visitor center, including watching the video about the history of Citlaltepetl if it is available.
3. Spend some time hiking on one or more of the trails around Citlaltepetl; remember to take plenty of water and snacks, as well as a map of the area in case you get lost!
4. If you are interested in mountaineering, inquire at the visitor center about obtaining a permit for climbing Citlaltepetl; this can be done several months in advance but depends on availability.
5. Be sure to catch sunset from atop one of Citation’s peaks- it offers an incredible view over much off Mexico! Just remember to bring a flashlight for your descent.