Leyend: El Pico de Orizba
It is said that many centuries ago, in the heyday of the Olmecs (which is considered the first Mesoamerican civilization), lived a great warrior named Nahuani.
This beautiful woman was accompanied at every moment by her dear friend and companion, Ahuilizapan, whose name means "Orizaba" and who was a beautiful osprey.
One day, Nahuani was defeated in one of the toughest battles she faced and Ahuilizapan, striken with sorrow, rose to the top of the sky and dropped to the ground. A mountain gradually formed in the place where she fell, and over time it grew into a big volcano.
Ahuilizapan’s pain lasted through the centuries, and after so many hundreds of years whenever she remembered what happened to Nahuani, her fury exploted, causing immense eruptions of the volcano during the course of time.
Since then, the villagers of they nearby towns have had to climb to the top of the volcano to worship Nahuani, the eternal friend of Orizaba to control her anger.