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Pico de Orizaba Hiking: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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The highest point in Mexico

Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, offers many safe hiking trails, some of which do not require technical mountain equipment. It is suitable for all those people who, with a basic physical condition, want to feel the sensation of being just below the highest volcano in Mexico. For the bravest there are challenging ascent routes to conquer its 5636-meter summit. Check out our selection of hiking trips in Pico de Orizaba and hire a certified local guide for you next adventure in Mexico!

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FAQs: Hiking in Pico de Orizaba

What should I know about Hiking Pico de Orizaba?

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.

Why should I choose Pico de Orizaba for my Hiking adventure?

Incredible landscapes

Hiking quietly among the woods, the spectacular views of the Pico de Orizaba will not stop surprising you. As you approach, its glaciers, steep slopes and icefalls of more than 100 meters high will leave you breathless.


This giant was previously known by the ancient indigenous people as the 'Lord of the Mist' (Poyautécatl) but after a sudden eruption, it was named as the 'Star Mountain' (Citlaltépetl). There are more legendary stories behind this mountain. Come and discover them...

Other activities

On the slopes of the Pico de Orizaba, you will have the opportunity to enjoy many other sports, such as mountain biking, interpretive hiking, backpacking and flora and fauna seeing, among which you will surely see lynx or deer.

When is the best time to travel to Pico de Orizaba for Hiking?

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.

How can I get to Pico de Orizaba?

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.

What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in Pico de Orizaba?

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.

What people are saying about Hiking | Pico de Orizaba



The incredible human being known as Bernardo aka Bernie will be your guide for this once in a lifetime experience and I promise you it will be one of the best decisions you ever make! Myself and 2 other friends did this 8 day hiking tour and Bernie was the perfect guide - not only did he sort out 100% of the logistics for this trip (food, lodging, extra equipment that we didn't have, driving to and from each mountain, etc) he was extremely flexible when a couple of us got food poisoning (not his fault) and had to re-arrange certain dates. He knows the area really well and obviously can climb these mountains in his sleep so he was able to help us navigate any headaches or high altitude issues and he even ran to the store for us to pick up some paracetamol and pepto bismol one day. The mountains are difficult but the itinerary that Bernie has provided means you have the best possible chance at summiting all 3 peaks. Highly recommend this tour and thank you Bernie for an excellent experience in Mexico!



Everything was excellent, from the support to the guiding service. 5 stars !



very smooth process online and the guide, Carlos, was EXCEPTIONAL! Amazing service and amazing mountains. Very accommodating for certain changes within our schedule.



The guides on Malinche and Orizaba were very good. But there was a big problem on Iztaccihuatl. I said to each of the guides that I had there that I wasn't bothered about seeing the sunrise from the top, and would it be possible to start a bit later than the usual 1am? They both agreed that it was, one saying that the reason for leaving so early was that normally they needed to take clients back to Mexico City after the climb, and in my case that wasn't necessary as I would stay at the visitor's centre. So in the end we left the visitor's centre at 4:30am. When we got to a foresummit of Iztaccihuatl at 11am, my guide said that we had left very late, and would have to turn back. So we never reached the top, to my great annoyance. In retrospect the best option would have been to have spent one night at the refuge at 4700m before going to the top, but this was never really offered as a possibility.

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