I cannot say exactly why Cerro Pizarro is my favorite volcano up to this day. Is it the way it is set in a beautiful landscape, next to the Cantona Archaeological Site, which makes this one so special for me.
Also, I am still curious why it is called after Francisco Pizarro, the conquistador of Peru. I have been trying to find out more about it, but I could not. Maybe — I am speculating here — they wanted to honor him?
Cerro Pizarro is located on the road between Veracruz and Puebla and I am sure that the road you see in the picture was built on the old trade route that linked those two places. This would mean that Hernán Cortés would have traveled this road on his way to conquer the Aztecs. It also means that all the riches from the gallon trade passed through on the way from Acapulco to Veracruz. Cerro Pizarro is a landmark and literally the first thing a traveler encounters after reaching the highlands on his way to the City of Mexico. Therefore, it does make sense to me to call the volcano after Francisco Pizarro, even if Hernan Cortez would be the logical choice.
I like the idea that I drove a historic road, one that has seen many men arrive to make their fortune and many men returning home with one. Not to forget all the gold that was sent to Spain for tribute and all the goods from the gallon trade. The people walking up this way came with nothing but if they returned it meant that they had made it and therefore they probably thanked the first “Conquistadores”.