Come escape winter and 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. You will 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- a trip designed for the climber looking for a very different climbing holiday!
You will be picked up at the Mexico City airport, and after a night in the upscale Polanco district be driven 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, you’ll stay in comfortable hotels, and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine. We will tailor the climbing to your experience and background, and include clinics in leading sport climbs, multi-pitch systems, and crack climbing from our AMGA-trained guides. You will enjoy a rest day in San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage city, with hot springs, craft markets, cobblestone streets, and an authentic Oaxaca dinner and artisanal mescal tasting. No other U.S. guide service offers a trip like this, and it would be very difficult to do this trip on your own!
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.
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.