Rock Climbing Mexico
Escape winter with a climbing trip to Mexico! Join us for a completely unique rock climbing experience to central Mexico, led by CMS guides Bernardo Beteta, a Mexican native and Steve Levin, AMGA Certified Rock Guide. Visit several areas far off the U.S. climber radar, including the world class sport crags of Jilotepec, the spectacular Pena de Bernal (the third-largest rock monolith in the world), and the historic basalt cracks of Aculco Canyon. This is an all-inclusive guided tour, featuring a mix of rock climbing and Mexican culture. This one-of-a-kind trip was designed for the climber looking for a very different climbing holiday!
We’ll begin the trip by picking you up at the Mexico City airport. After a night in the upscale Polanco district, we’ll drive in our van north into the heart of colonial Mexico. You can relax as we take all of the worry and hassle out of Mexican travel. Driving distances are kept to a minimum, hotel stays are comfortable, and the authentic Mexican cuisine is outstanding. We will tailor the climbing to your experience and background, whether sport climbing, multi-pitch climbing or crack climbing. We’ll enjoy a rest day in San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage city, enjoying hot springs, craft markets, cobblestone streets, and an authentic Oaxaca dinner and artisanal mescal tasting. No other guide service offers a trip like this, and it would be difficult to do this on your own!
Read a full report on our rock climbing trip to Mexico in 2016 in Dougald Macdonald’s article in Climbing Magazine: Mexico Rocks! Exploring 5 Crags Near Mexico City.
We recommend that you are able to follow 5.8 rock climbs and have some outdoor climbing experience, although it’s not required. The areas we visit offer a wide range of climbing difficulties, and we can accommodate climbers of all abilities, from motivated novice to experienced shredder.
Price includes & Excludes:
Rock climbing guiding, ground transportation, food (excluding alcoholic beverages), lodging, and entrance fees.
Mexico City, Mexico
Frequently Asked Questions:
What about drinking the water?
We supply bottled water, so bring a couple of water bottles to refill and plan on staying hydrated! One can also drink fresh-squeezed juices, the traditional horchata, and bottled sodas.
How long are the driving times?
We try to minimize time spent driving, with an average of 1.5 to 2.5 hours from location to location, not including stops. Traffic around Mexico City is unpredictable; however we avoid rush hour driving if possible.
What about cash and documents?
You will only need cash for souvenirs and alcoholic beverages - we take care of everything else. ATM machines are common if you prefer not to carry much cash. You will need a valid U.S. passport, and a tourist card (available on your plane before arriving in Mexico).
Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City. Dinner and orientation in Polanco district.
Day 2: Breakfast in Polanco, then drive to Jilotepec and climb. Stay in Jilotepec.
Day 3: Climb at Jilotepec in the morning, then drive to Bernal.
Day 4: Climb multi-pitch to the summit of Pena de Bernal. Dine and lodge in Bernal.
Day 5: Climb at Pena de Bernal in the morning, then drive to San Miguel de Allende.
Day 6: Breakfast and free time (we offer an optional tour through town) in San Miguel de Allende. Then soaking in La Gruta hot spring followed by dinner and mescal tasting. Stay in San Miguel de Allende.
Day 7: Climb at the volcanic tuft crags of La Bufa, then visit the market and dine in historic Guanajuato. Return to San Miguel de Allende.
Day 8: Breakfast in San Miguel de Allende, then drive to climbing at Aculco Canyon. Stay in colonial Aculco.
Day 9: Breakfast and morning climbing in Aculco, then drive to the pyramids outside of Mexico City. Evening celebration dinner in Polanco.
Day 10: Breakfast in Polanco. Taxi or van to the airport and flights home.
(Optional) Days 11-12: Climbing at the basalt trad and sport crags of Los Dinamos just outside Mexico City.
12 Day Trip - $4,600
Expedition Cancellation Policy:
- A non-refundable $250 application fee will not be refunded from your initial deposit.
- 100% (minus application fee) will be refunded 121 days prior to trip start.
- 50% (minus application fee) will be refunded 91 to 120 days before trip start.
- 25% (minus application fee) will be refunded 46 to 90 days before trip start.
- 0% will be refunded 0 to 45 days before trip start.