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Climbing Pico de Orizaba

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.

Top mountain climbing trips | Pico de Orizaba:


There are many reasons for choosing Mountain Climbing in Pico de Orizaba

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.


Good to know:

Country Code



Mexican Peso, but they usually accept American Dollar as well

Best time to visit

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


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


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

How to get there

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

More info about Mountain Climbing in 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

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