Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park. This park is situated in the borderline between the states of Mexico, Puebla and Morelos, at 19° latitude and 98° longitude. It covers an area of 171 774 hectares and is ideal for mountain climbing, biking, camping, hiking and scenery viewing. Although, the park includes both izta and popo snowed mountains, access to Popocatepetl volcano is not allowed due to permanent fumaroles from its cone.
This park has plenty of eye catching landscapes which are home to many kinds of vegetation, including pine trees, oak and fir and alpine pasture where animals, such as squirrels, gophers, coyotes, bobcats, white tailed deer, ring tailed cats, rabbits and many more, although the biggest of them are the deer. You won´t find bears though.
For those who love mountaineering and are well prepared and suited for climbing, the summit of Iztaccihuatl (Sleeping woman) is the target. Izta includes various summits, being the highest at 5,230 meters.
Since the form of it is a sleeping woman, the main summits are three; the head, the breast and the feet, which are reached through varied climbing routes. If you need to spend the night in one of several hostels, you will be paying around $30.50 pesos (2.5 AUD) and if you need a guide, you can easily find one searching on the internet.
The high tourist season is between November and March, therefore, it´s most convenient to reserve with anticipation.
If you leave from Mexico City by bus or car it will only take you 40 minutes to get to Amecameca where you are required to register if you are going to climb the volcano. You are then given a badge that you will have to turn in after you finish visiting the park. Otherwise, you´ll be considered a lost person and a rescue team will be send in search of you.
Congratulations on your first article and thanks for noting me as your referrer! I've travelled to Mexico many times and to Mexico City (driven by Popo). Thanks for these wonderful photos as a reminder and I look forward to more articles about Mexico :)