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Climbing Pico de Orizaba: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Climb an inactive volcano, with a heart of frozen lava.

Due to its natural richness, Pico de Orizaba – or the Citlaltépetl – is part of a protected area shared by Veracruz and Puebla, in southeastern Mexico. At 5640 m, it is the highest point in the country, and the third mountain in North America. It’s not necessary to be a professional mountaineer to reach its summit. You just need a good physical condition and, of course, a certified local guide by your side.

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Pico de Orizaba

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Pico de Orizaba?

Pico de Orizaba is a volcano with an almost symmetrical conical shape and an elliptical crater around 480 meters in diameter. The surface of the crater is 154,830 m2 and its depth is 300 meters. It is the only volcano in the world that has frozen lava inside it.

Why should I choose Pico de Orizaba for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Traditional ascent route

The normal route begins on the west side of the volcano towards the North Route. When you reach 4260 meters, you will get to the famous Piedra Grande Hut, one of the most visited by mountaineers. Here begins the last path to the summit, from where you can see incredible peaks of the Neovolcanic Range.

Flora and fauna

The coniferous forest, mainly pine and oyamel, dominates the area. You will also find alpine scrub and zacatonales. As for the fauna, the Pico de Orizaba National Park is home to red lynxes, skunks, volcanoes mice and Mexican voles. In addition, its glaciers not only make climbing more interesting, but also feed several rivers in the area.

Legend behind the ascent

You will be climbing a mountain with a lot of history. It is said that in the first civilizations, lived a warrior named Nahuani along with her eagle Orizaba, who was her friend and counselor. In a battle, Nahuani was defeated and Orizaba ascended to the top of the sky and dropped down. Little by little, on that piece of land, the volcano was formed.

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

Temperate and semi-cold with fresh long summers, and with rains both in summer and winter.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Pico de Orizaba region?

Spanish, and because of its proximity to the USA, most also speak English.

What currency is accepted around Pico de Orizaba?

Mexican Peso, but they usually accept American Dollar as well.

How can I get to Pico de Orizaba?

You can get to Mexico City by plane from anywhere in the world and from there, take a bus to the city of Orizaba. You can also fly to the Veracruz airport. Once there, rent a car and drive about 3 hours on very well maintained roads that will take you to the park entrance.

What's the country code for the Pico de Orizaba region?


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

For mountain climbing trips, from the end of February to mid-May.

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Pico de Orizaba



Great trip - Alvaro and the boys took care of everything for my wife and I during the Trilogy/Triple Peak Trip! Food, transports, tents, gear - all went well. Gustavo, Meesh, Abrahim, Dani, and Oscar were awesome guides and got us there and back. They even helped with a flexible itinerary to help changes in our party's schedule.



Everything was organised perfectly from pickup to drop off in the last day. You do not need to think about anything except your tracking and just enjoy your trip.



Very happy with online and guidance support. Although Gustavo is relatively young guide his hiking and motivating skills are spot on! Overall highly recommended



Trip was absolutely wonderful! Very professionally organized logistics and amazing guides. 5 stars all over!



The guides are very cordial and receptive, really experienced. The prior aclimatization was not enough, I recommend at least 3 days of aclimatization for those not experienced in high mountains. Thanks a lot for the team of 3summits!

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