Paso de Cortes / Visitor Center | Informal Campsite

Mexico

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Last Visited: 3 months ago
GPS: 19.086392, -98.646375
Altitude: 3692.0 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: No
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Parkinglot near the visitor center. We paid 30.50 pesos entry fee for the nationalpark. You can stay for free. It's almost on 3700 m altitude, so it was cold (8 degres at day, .. in the night). You better bring warm clothes with you ;-)

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Stayed here 3 nights on the Carpark, it is free and very quite at night.
Entry to the Nationalpark is 50 Pesos pP.

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Nice view on both volcanos, and a free parking with a lot of space to stay overnight. Felt safe with the police station next to us. Just a bit of noise with fools coming late at night, and quite cold even in summer time, but it worth to come here. Don't expect much info from the info center, they just collect the money, and tell you to follow the sign, but no map available (can get it with internet on komoot app)

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Got to the parking lot from Amecameca at 6:30pm. Paved road to the center. (Long dirt road from the east- which we took when we left). Stayed the first night for free in the parking lot , lots of Policia here. Paid the $37/person entry the next morning.
Hiked a portion of the summit trail. Then boondocked on a side road between the trailhead and main gate. Left the next morning and headed east.

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Beautiful drive up on a paved road. We arrived around 5pm on a Sunday and had no one to pay to enter. We camped in the large main lot but it seems there are a handful of options in the area. Quiet at night, decent amount of vendors on Sunday evening, pretty much none on Monday. Full LTE cell signal on Google Fi. The road through the mountains is permanently closed. We saw a lot of volcanic activity.

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Great place at Paso de Cortez visitor center to spend some days observing the ash eruptions of Popocateptl to the south and the dormant Iztaccihuatl to the north. Quiet on weekdays, quite busy but not too noisy on weekends. Busses and cars start to arrive at 6.30 am. The Polica Estatal is on site so camping is save.

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We arrieved in the dark. Quite and fine and safe. No fee, no problems.

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ranger station and entrance to national park. no problem to sleep on the parking lot. we asked info about climbing izta and ranger sergio helped a lot. good english and very interesting information he gave using the 3d map. if you want info in advance you can contact us we'll be happy to help. @sofie_travels

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free place to stay with a nice picnic area. nice a quit at night, beautiful night sky too.

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Arrived late and during heavy rainfall we asked the police officer in his car if it’s o.k to stay the night at the parking lot. He says „No Problema“...so we ended up here for a rainy night.Stayed a 2nd.night without issues.

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We were not allowed to stay overnight on the parking lot, due to raised volcanic activity. Police officers, a geologist and the park ranger proposed us La Joya parking. They ask a park entrance fee for this, 36 MXN per person per day. Wondering what makes 7 km difference.

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No problem to stay overnight. In the morning nice view of smoking Popocatepetel.

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Quiet during the week, busy on weekends. The staff was actually able to tell us something about the hike when we registered. We went to look at the plastic model of the mountain together and discussed where we want to hike and camp. You can hike up to Refugio Grupo de los Cien (almost 4km one way) without climbing equipment, to get further you need at least crampons and spend a night on the mountain. Entry to the park was 35mex/person/day.

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Quiet and free. No toilets available because of failing tap water.
Didn’t see a person to charge us for the park nor for camping. Road to Popo base still closed.
Not too cold: 16C during the day and 10C at night.
Telcel 3g available.

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If you are looking for informations for the ascent of Iztaccihuatl volcan you will not find it here ! Nobody knows about it and they didn't have any maps.
You have to pay 30 pesos/p/d if you want to go to "la Joya" but if you have the annual national park card it's free!

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as described. toilets are available until 21.00 afterwards the building is closed. toilets don't have seats anymore but well...
camping and parking was free. a lot of mountain police around. super friendly. did not pay anything to park overnight.

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they asked 60 pesos per person to park overnight so we decided to drive down the road and boondock. the road was blocked heading south due to volcanic "yellow alert"

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We initially planned to stay here but decided to hike so camped closer to the volcano instead. Pretty large parking lot. We were asked to pay to hike the volcano and sleep there but you may not be asked to pay to park here. There is a temporary police building here with many police officers walking around all day. They were very nice to talk to and sounded quite bored so I am sure it would be a very safe place to park. The drive from here to Cholula is a dirt road that is somewhat slow going but not a bad road.

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Nice spot between the volcanoes, free unless you enter the upper part. Nice ladies selling yummy quesadillas. We made friendly with the park ranger and he let us park behind the visitors center away from the main parking lot, people and noise, with an unobstructed view of popo.

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Parkinglot near the visitor center. We paid 30.50 pesos per person entry fee for the nationalpark. You can stay overnight for free. It's almost on 3700 m altitude, so it was cold (8 degrees afternoon, a little snow next morning). You better bring warm clothes with you ;-) Beautiful view of the vulcan popocatepetl.

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Parking lot in front of the Visitor Center of the National Park. We previously asked for permission to stay for the night. Toilets in the visitor center. Good base for hikes.

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