Citlaltépetl sētlältāpetəl [key] or Orizaba ōrēsä´bä [key], peak, 18,700 ft (5,700 m) high, in the Cordillera de Anáhuas, E Mexico, on the Veracruz-Puebla border. It is the highest peak in Mexico and the third highest in North America. This snowcapped volcano is inactive the last eruption occurred in 1687. The peak was first climbed in 1848.

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