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The Legend of volcanoes

At the border with the state of Puebla, Morelos and the State of Mexico there are two of the most important and well-known volcanoes in the country: The Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. These volcanoes have an approximate age of 730,000 years and are part of a beautiful Mexican legend.

It is said that Iztaccíhuatl was a princess who fell madly in love with a warrior named Popocatepetl. Her father did not want him to marry her, so he sent the warrior to a battle in Oaxaca, promising him that in exchange for winning and defeating his enemy, he would give away his daughter.

The warrior Popocatepetl did as he asked and left for the war. After some time he returned victorious and was received with a great feast, but also with very bad news; the princess had died.

Popocatepetl was desolated and took the princess’ body to a mountain. There he lit a torch and promised that no hurricane would put out the fire with which he would watch over his beloved. The gods took pity on this warrior and granted him eternity by turning him into a smoking volcano and the princess into an inactive volcano. Today you can still see Popocatepetl caring for his beloved Iztaccíhuatl.

If you want to know more legends like this, we invite you to the city of Puebla, very close to these beautiful volcanoes and with endless stories and secrets to discover. If you want to stay for several days, we recommend Best Western Plus Puebla just a few minutes away from the Historic Center and the most emblematic places of the city. Get to know more about the history and culture of Mexico, we are waiting for you!

Photo by: El Conocedor