Visit Citlaltepetl in Veracruz

Summit of the Citlaltepec Volcano

Among the different natural creations that the Mexican country is home to, one of them is currently very characteristic: the Citaltepetl volcano. If you want to learn more about Cerro de la Estrella, you have found the right place.

Volcán Citlaltepetl

It is part of the Orizaba National Park located in the state of Veracruz, a perfect destination if you want to include it in your list of tours in Veracruz. It is currently the third largest peak in North America, and the first in Mexico. It is one of the few volcanoes that has frozen lava in its interior, which means that it is an inactive volcano. The last eruption was recorded in the 17th century.

The climate is tropical and humid with rainfall throughout the year with temperatures always above 20º. If you visit its surroundings you will find pines, cedars, huaesteca, among other types of flora. If you visit its surroundings you will find pines, cedars, huaesteca, among other types of flora.

Meaning of Citlaltepetl

It has other names, such as pico de Orizaba. The Mexicans in the past called this volcano Poyoautécatl, which means ”lord of the fog” or ”the one who lives among light clouds or fog”. Now its name is Citlaltépetl, which means Cerro de la Estrella.

There is a famous legend from the city of Orizaba about the birth of the volcano: it is about the warrior Nahuani and her faithful advisor and friend Orizaba, an osprey. After many fights, the fighter was defeated and her friend was lifted into the air and then dropped, saddened by what had happened.

At the site of the fall, a mountain was formed that ended up being a volcano in which Orizaba unleashed the fury she felt for the death of her friend in the form of eruptions. To put an end to their anger, the inhabitants of the territory climbed to the top to worship Nahuani.

Height of Citlalteptl

It has a height of 5,636 meters, making it one of the highest volcanoes in the world (and the first in Mexico). It has also become a very popular place for those who practice mountaineering, as it has many routes for beginners and experts.

Panoramic view of the Citlaltepec volcano

Alternate Destination

Travel to one of the most impressive places you can visit: book a room in the Oasis chain of hotels in Cancun to ensure all kinds of experiences. You can have a relaxing vacation while enjoying the beach and the exclusive services of an all-inclusive hotel or you can take tours to characteristic places of the Mexican geography.

For example, the Grand Oasis Palm hotel has a specialized area for children with all kinds of water activities, board games and much more. If you are traveling with your family, this option will be ideal for your plans.

On the other hand, if you are only traveling with your partner, we tell you about the facilities of the Sian Ka’an service exclusively for adults only, where you will find unique areas, restaurants and bars, as well as entertainment. What are you waiting for to book your next vacation with Oasis?

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