Only 60 kilometers from the city of Puebla is the Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park, one of the most attractive areas for hiking, mountaineering, as well as camping and mountain biking.
The Izta-Popo was declared a National Park on November 8, 1935 and in 2010 UNESCO classified it as a Biosphere Reserve with a larger area of 172,000 hectares.
This place is located at a distance of 6 kilometers on the dirt road that goes from Paso de Cortés to La Joya; in front of the Altzomoni hill in the area known as "Los Pantanos", at 3,860 meters above sea level. It has almost 40,000 hectares and covers the states of Puebla, Morelos and Mexico.
The Park is recognized for its outstanding biodiversity and the richness of its ecosystems, which provide environmental services as well as faunal, vegetable and mineral goods that have been used by the inhabitants of the volcanoes region and its area of influence.
To reach the National Park from Puebla, follow the road to Paso de Cortés, the route that leads through the municipalities located on the slopes of the volcano: Nealtican, San Nicolás de los Ranchos and Santiago Xalitzintla.
From Mexico City, head towards Amecameca in the State of Mexico, take the road to San Pedro Nexapa and go up to Paso de Cortés.
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Visitors to the park agree that the best months to visit are from November to March. The wide trails allow the walker to enjoy the scenery, the clean and cold air.
Because of its geographic position and characteristics, this national park is an important reservoir of fungi species, wild flora and fauna.
The vegetation in the forests is composed of pines, oyameles, zacatones and diverse flowers. The fauna in this area includes gophers, skunks, squirrels, gophers, gray foxes, bobcats, coyotes and white-tailed deer. There are records of 29 species of birds.
How to get there?
Izta Popo Park is located between the limits of the states of Puebla and Estado de Mexico. Taking the zocalo of San Andres Cholula as a reference, the trip takes 1 hour and a half traveling 43 kilometers.
Translation done by: Karla Giselle Bonales Ramírez