If you want to try a summit attack, the most experienced guides recommend to climb it slowly and set up camp at 3000 meters of height, to get well acclimatized before the big goal.
The southern face of the mountain is the easiest route, although it is key to be in company of a certified mountain expert.
You can visit Pico de Orizaba all year round, but the best season is from October to the beginning of July, due to the lack of rain.
If you come from Puebla, you must take Highway 150 and continue until the detour to Tlachichuca, then follow the road to Villa Grande, a town where the hostels are located. If you come from Orizaba then you must follow the road to La Perla, a community that is 13 km away.
Generally there is a cold climate with snowfall from 4000 meters high and permanent snow on the summit. In the low parts, it is cold with average temperatures of 20 °C in summer and temperatures below zero during the colder months.
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