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 and author of Eldorado Canyon, A Climbing Guide.
On this all-inclusive guided tour, you’ll visit several areas far off the U.S. climber radar, experiencing a mix of rock climbing and Mexican culture. This one-of-a-kind trip was designed for the climber with a sense of exploration!
For 2019, we are offering a 9-day trip starting in Querétaro (with direct flights from many U.S. cities).
We’ll begin by picking you up at the Querétaro airport, in the heart of colonial Mexico. We’ll climb at the sport climbing center of Las Peñas Dexcani Alto near Jilotepec, the fantastic multi-pitch walls of Peña de Bernal, and the historic crack climbing at Aculco. 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.
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. Bernardo will provide recommendations and often order widely from the menus, giving you the opportunity to try dozens of foods you’ve never had. We will tailor the climbing to your experience and background, whether sport climbing, multi-pitch climbing or crack climbing. 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 2017 in Dougald MacDonald’s article in Climbing Magazine: Mexico Rocks! Exploring 5 Crags Near Mexico City.
“I highly recommend the rock climbing trip to El Bajio, Mexico. The climbing and cultural aspects are not to be missed. In addition, I can’t speak highly enough of the two guides, Bernardo and Steve, for their professionalism, good humor, and meticulous planning. Truly an adventure to remember.”
– Roger S., 2018 El Bajío Trip
“I had such a good time on the first CMS rock climbing trip to Mexico that I’ve signed up to do it again this year. The accommodations, the food, and the transportation arrangements were all first rate and hassle-free. The places we climbed were pretty spectacular. Steve and Bernardo did a great job looking after us.”
– Chuck M., 2018 El Bajío Trip
“Such an unexpectedly fantastically fun trip! Great climbing on a huge variety of rock, and Bernardo and Steve couldn’t have been better guides! Our food and accommodations were top notch, and there were so many interesting cultural asides. Not your average climbing trip…I can’t recommend it highly enough! Go!!!”
– Pam R., 2018 El Bajío Trip
“The Bajio trip was an eye-opener in every sense of the word. We sampled five great climbing areas, with a huge range of styles, from bolt-clipping to stout crack climbing. The rest days were amazing (we’ve got souveners all over our house). And the guides, especially Bernardo, a native Mexican, helped us navigate approaches, busy streets, and unfamiliar menus while providing insights and access to the culture you’d never get while traveling to Mexico on your own.”
– Dougald M., 2017 El Bajío Trip
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.
Querétaro City, Querétaro
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.
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).
Expedition Cancellation Policy:
- A 50% deposit is required to confirm your reservation. Full balance is required 90 days before your reservation begins. A refund minus a 10% administrative fee can be issued 120 days prior to trip start. 50% will be refunded 90 to 120 days before trip start. 25% will be refunded 75 to 90 days before trip start. Inside of 75 day, no refund is available.