Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhuatl

Leyenda del Popocatepetl Iztaccihuatl

Mexico is one of the most popular touristic destinations of the world and among their amazing geographic attractions are Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhuatl, two of the highest volcanos in that side of the world.

This two have been the principal characters of many legends and many have tried to explain their origin being the most popular story the one that talks about two star-crossed lovers destined to be together for all eternity.

The legend of Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhuatl.

Legend says that a long long time ago during the heyday of the Aztec Empire there was a young princess named Iztaccíhuatl, she was the most beautiful woman of the empire, all men loved her and women wanted to be like her. The princess was in love of a young warrior named Popocatepetl, he was brave and handsome and had eyes only for the princess. The both of them were very much in love and had promised to love each other for all eternity.

Princess Iztaccíhuatl was the daughter of the chief of the Tlaxcaltecas, sworn enemies of the Aztecs. Both cities had been fighting for a long time and young men where sent to war every day. Popocatepetl was soon to be send to fight so before leaving, he asked the chief to let him marry his daughter upon his return. The chief agreed as long as he returns victorious.

Popocatepetl promised the princess to come back so they could get married and live happily ever after but not long after his departure a vicious and jealous character by the name of Tlaxcala told the princess that her beloved warrior had died in battle. She was so depressed that she died… without even trying to find out if what this guy said was true.

The warrior was, of course, alive and when he returned and found out his beautiful princess had died of sorrow he was so upset that he wondered around the city for several days and nights until he realized he had to do something for the princess to never be forgotten. He had a big tomb built specially for her, putting several hills together in order to form a big mountain under the Mexican sun and took the princess’ body to the top of the mountain, kissed her and stood next to her, holding his torch and watching her sleep, for all eternity.

It is said that now, every time the young warrior remembers his princess, his heart shakes and his torch smokes and that is why the volcano sometimes shoots fumes.

Tlaxcala, the mean ugly man that lied to Iztaccíhuatl about her lover being dead eventually died of guilt and according to the legend he lays in a nearby mountain named “Pico de Orizaba” watching the two lovers together forever.

popocatepl & Iztaccihuatl

CDLG

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