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You know the most famous love story of our times, Romeo and Juliet, although it is the best known, the love that overcomes all, even death is a force that has existed in other cultures, as is the case of the Aztec culture and refers to the volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl.


Long ago, when the Aztec empire dominated the Valley of Mexico, all other peoples had to obey them and pay tribute to them. One day the chieftain of Tlaxcala decided to fight for the freedom of his people and a terrible war began between the Aztecs and the Tlaxcalans.

The beautiful princess Iztaccihuatl, daughter of the chieftain of Tlaxcala, had fallen in love with the young Popocatepetl, one of the main warriors of the Aztec people. The two professed an immense love for each other that surpassed their families’ warfare.



Before the war began, Popocatepetl asked the princess’s father for her hand if he returned victoriously. The chieftain of Tlaxcala accepted the deal, promising to receive him with the feast of triumph and the bed of his love.

The brave warrior set off to war with weapons and a fierce army, after hearing the promise that the princess would be waiting to marry him on his return. Soon after, a rival of Popocatepetl’s invented that Popocatepetl had been killed in battle. When princess Iztaccihuatl heard the news, she wept bitterly for the death of her beloved and then died of grief.

Popocatépetl won all the battles and returned triumphant to his village, but on his arrival, he received the terrible news that the chieftain’s daughter had died. The wealth and power he had gained were of no use to him if he did not have her love.


To honour her and for his love to remain forever, Popocatépetl had a great tomb built before the Sun, piling up ten hills to form a gigantic mountain.

In tears, he took the corpse of his princess and carried it until he laid it on its summit, which took the form of a sleeping woman.

The warrior took a smoking torch and knelt on another mountain in front of his beloved, watching over her eternal sleep. The snow-covered their bodies and the two became, slowly and irremediably, volcanoes for all eternity. Popocatepetl, guarding the fire of eternal passion, trembles and its torch smokes for the love of his beloved Iztaccihuatl.

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