Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña.

Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico.

Photo and text by Miguel Omaña.

Photo I took of the active volcano located in the central Mexican plateau.

Popocatepetl volcano divides the Valley of Mexico, where Mexico City is located, and Puebla metro area.

Quite near to big, dense cities like Mexico City (third biggest Urban Agglomeration in the world), and Puebla city. Although active, it does not pose a threat to the largest urban sprawl in the Western Hemisphere — as long as it doesn’t form a so-called dome.

Popocatepetl means in Nahuatl language Smoking Mountain.

During the time of the Mexica Aztec, this volcano went active as well, so it was called Popocatepetl which means Smoking Mountain. The name prevailed even though when the Hispanics called it Sierra Nevada or Snowy Mountain Range. More recently it is called Don Gregorio or just Don Goyo by locals living at the base of the volcano to confer it human personality (after all this volcano has quite the mood swings). Of course for a foreigner trying to pronounce Popocatepetl may be daunting, to the degree of bringing you to the brink of mood outbursts as well.

Photo was taken at San Andres Cholula (part of the Puebla metro area), almost 20 min drive from Puebla city — capital of Puebla state.


Tip: There are three Cholula towns. Be sure to know where you want to visit. The area receives thousands of foreign tourists who visit the Cholula pyramid and colonial buildings.


Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña. Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña.

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