Paso de Cortés

Cortes Pass is one of the highest roads of Mexico

Paso de Cortés is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.692m (12,112ft) above the sea level located on the boundary of Puebla and State of Mexico, between the Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl volcanoes, in Mexico. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Set high in the Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park, the road to the summit, also known as Tlamacaxco, is totally paved. It’s a twisty uphill road, very steep, with lots of trees. The pass is 43.7 km (27.15 miles) long, running west-east from Amecameca de Juárez (in Mexico State) to San Nicolás de Los Ranchos (in Puebla). To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 1.5 and 2 hours.

At the summit there’s a big parking lot, a bar and an information center. It’s the starting point of the climb to Estación de Altura Altzomoni, a high-altitude weather station at an elevation of 3,985m (13,074ft) above the sea level.

 

 

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