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National Park La Malintzi

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National Park La Malintzi

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La Malinche is in Tlaxcala and Puebla of Mexico.



La Malinche is an inactive stratovolcano which began to form in the middle of the Paleogene period, 30-35 million years ago. Since that time it has grown through eruptions, the last of which is believed to have occurred ca. 3,100 years ago. The Tlaxcaltecs named it Matlalcueitl, which translates to "[Lady of the] Blue Skirt", a goddess of rain and song, believed to be the local equivalent of Chalchiuhtlicue. The Spanish named it simply Sierra de Tlaxcala ("Tlaxcalan Range"). The current name Malinche or Malintzin, in honor of the woman who helped Hernán Cortés as an interpreter during the conquest of the Aztec Empire, became popular during the 17th century.


Officially, its summit reaches 4,461 metres (14,636 ft) above sea level. It is not a typical volcanic cone, but instead has a number of side peaks as well as two of the most dramatically steep slopes in Mexico: Barranca Axaltzintle to the northeast (which is believed to be the former crater) and Barranca Axal to the south-southeast.

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On lower slopes are farmlands which grow mostly corn and forests. The upper slopes are montane grass- and shrubland.


The summit is covered by snow part of the year and is considered to be the coldest location in Tlaxcala. On the lower slopes the climate is mild year round, but rainy during the summer months.

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In Apizaco, in front of Elektra, several colectivos a day go to the Centro Vacacional "C.V.Malinche", the first at 8 or 9am. At the weekend, there is a van every 2 hours; during the week there are only 3 per day (50min, 20M$).

From Puebla: Lineas Verdes leave from the CAPU for Apizaco several times a day , more frequently at the weekend than Tuesday to Thursday (1 hour, 60M$). At the terminal you turn left, after five blocks turn left again. After two blocks you find "Elektra" where hundreds of colectivos are parked.

From Mexico City: Buses leave regularly from the TAPO to Apizaco (2.5 hours, 100M$). At the terminal turn right, after two blocks right and one block left you find "Elektra".

From Tlaxcala:


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  • Climb La Malinche: There isn't a tourist info or even a map. Once you get there you will see that it is quite obvious. Two curves after the resort a bar restricts further traffic. There are 2 signs to "La Cima" on the way and a few arrows painted here and there, so just follow the clearly visible hiking trail carved out by rain and people. If you speak Spanish you can ask the people at the recreation centre or the food shops for more details. They estimate that you will need up to 9 hours (6h up, 3h down). The hiking trail to the summit begins at the resort area, you can also follow the road for the first section. The tree line is at 3,900 metres (12,795 ft). After that, a very steep grassland section begins. There isn't a clear path from here on. The ridge starts at 4,200 metres (13,780 ft) and leads to the summit. The last 100 metres to the top are a climb over rocks and stones. On clear days, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the surrounding valleys and the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl.

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