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Social Program

The social program is included with your registration.

Friday, October 20: Puebla night tour and reception

Further details of the coming soon.

Saturday, October 21: Gala dinner

The symposium Gala dinner will be at Hotel Quinta Real Puebla (Av 7 Pte 105, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue). Transport to Puebla and back to Cholula and INAOE will be provided.

Hotel Quinta Real Puebla.

Excursions to the Volcanoes

The landscape of Cholula and Puebla is dominated by several impressive volcanoes. Popocateptl and the Iztaccíhuatl are perhaps the better known of these, but there is also Orizaba, which is actually higher than Popocateptl, and which is home to the Large Millimeter telescope (LMT) and the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC). If you are still in the area on Sunday October 22, 2017, after the meeting, we are helping to organize excursions to see the volcanoes. In these, we will be guided by a team of expert mountaineers (Prof. José Luis Leyva and Dr. Marcela Reyes) from our neighbor Meritorious Atuonomous Univeristy of Puebla (BUAP).

Warning. If you plan to take either of the excursions, please consider the fact that both are at a high altitude and some people may experience associated sickness. Be sure to use sunblock.

Registering for the Excursions: If you are interested in taking either of the two excursions, please register online for the excursions before September 30 (and after you have completed your registration to the conference).

Check the logistics section to know what is included in the registration to the excursions.

NOTE: These excursions are not part of the social program of the conference. They are therefore not covered by the registration fee. There is an additional cost of 180 USD to cover access to the national parks as well as the assistance by the mountaineers. Although the local team will be helping but please note that INAOE will not be responsible for the excursions.

Two excursions We are organizing two excursions. These will take place only if there is enough interest (min. 10 people). Please note that it is not possible to take both excursions as they go in opposite directions from Cholula/Puebla and take most of the day. You will have to choose one!

  • Excursion 1 will be a hike in the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl National Park. The park sits at an average altitude of 3,900 m and is a UNESCO biosphere reserve with endemic flora and fauna. Transport will depart from INAOE and takes about 2h. Hiking will be for about 7h.

The volcanoes Popocatepetl and the Iztaccihuatl dominate the landscape.

The expected times and itinerary will be as follows:

  • 05:45: Meeting at INAOE security gates
  • 06:00: Sailing time
    • All following times are approximated
  • 08:00: Arrival to National Park
  • 08:30: Sailing to Ixtaccihuatl
  • 09:00: Arriving to La Joya
  • 09:00-13:00am: Hiking (upward)
  • 13:00-16:00am: Hiking (downward)
  • 16:00: Return to La Joya
  • 16:15: Return to Cholula
  • 18:00: Arrival to Cholula-INAOE

Pictures property of Prof. José Luis Leyva

There are permanent webcams looking at the volcanoes. Check them here;



  • Excursion 2 will visit the facilities of the Large Millimeter Telescope and the HAWC at the Orizaba peak. Transport will depart from INAOE and takes about 3h as the transport has to go slowly to permit acclimatization.

The Orizaba peak, the highest in Mexico, and the Large Millimeter Telescope on its shoulder.

The expected times and itinerary will be as follows:

  • 05:45: Meeting at INAOE security gates
  • 06:00: Sailing time
    • All following times are approximated
  • 08:00: Arrival to Ciudad Serdán
  • 08:30: Sailing from Ciudad Serdán to Tlitepetl-GTM
  • 10:30: Arriving to Tlitepetl-GTM
  • 10:30-13:00am: Visit to GTM-Hawc
  • 13:00: Return from Tlitepetl-GTM
  • 17:00: Return to Ciudad Serdán
  • 18:00: Return to Puebla
  • 19:00: Arrival to Cholula-INAOE

Pictures property of Prof. José Luis Leyva

There are permanent webcams looking at the Pico de Orizaba. Check them here;

Requisites and permissions: Access to the Izta-Popo national park requires a permit from the Emergencies and Civil Protection service. The cost is 80 MXN (~5 USD) per person, and permission can be obtained through INAOE. Access to the LMT also requires a permit, but this is free (again, this will be obtained through INAOE) plus an additional disclaimer form assuming responsibility as the altitude may pose risks to particular populations. Access to the LMT is controlled and requires previous booking through INAOE.

Visit: Excursion 1 to the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl National Park is intended for hiking (7h approx.). Please note that access to Popocatepetl itself is closed due to volcanic activity; hiking often goes closer to Izta, and in particular to the area known as Paso de Cortés (the pass between the mountains that Hernán Cortés and his men used to cross when he first arrived in Mexico), but good pictures of Popo can be taken from there. In Excursion 2, you can get to the LMT only by special transport.

Logistics: In both cases, the trip will take most of the day. A minimum number of people will be needed before the excursion is confirmed, and a limited number of of people will be allowed for safety reasons. The cost per person will be 180USD. It includes transport, permissions in the case of the Ixta-Popo national park, a box lunch with fruits and water and the support from 2 expert mountaneers of the UAP Mounteneering group.

Clothes and equipment: Always wear adequate shoes and clothing (you will need to bring your own!). Clothes and equipmet required:

  • Mountain boots or tennis
  • Thick or double socks
  • Shirt and T-Shirt
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Wind breaker jacket o thick jacket
  • Worsted hat or hat
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block Warning. Be sure to use sunblock.
  • Raincoat
  • Backpack

Safety: The Izta-Popo park has a permanent post of a mountain police team from the state of Mexico (the state surrounding Mexico City and neighbor to the state of Puebla) as the volcanoes are actually in the state of Mexico). The LMT is part of INAOE, so like INAOE it is a federal facility.

Weather: October in Cholula and Puebla is cold and wet. Further, conditions on the mountains may be highly variable. Nevertheless, in the opinion of experts from BUAP, appropriate garments will likely be sufficient.