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Climbing Mexico Volcanoes - Orizaba (18,500 ft)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Mexico  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   Volcano Tours  
Season: November - January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2250 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2250 US Dollar (USD)

2010 Tour Dates:
- Feb 20-28
- Oct 30-Nov 7
- Dec 11-19.

An adventure to central Mexico with a taste of high altitude mountain climbing and Mexican culture. A perfect first-step for those with high altitude mountain climbing goals. After a brief tour of Mexico City, we will travel to the ancient and mysterious pyramids of Teotihuacan as we begin our acclimating. Then it's on to the volcano La Malinche near the historical city of Puebla for an acclimating climb of this 14'er. After a brief rest and exploration of Puebla (and it's fine cuisine), we journey to Pico de Orizaba (Citlatepetl) for an attempt of North America's third tallest mountain.

We provide private ground transportation and our lodging choices are among the finest with your comfort in mind. A great trip for those with limited time and high altitude goals. Level: Previous ice axe and crampon experience required.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 0: Arrive in Mexico City (7,000 ft).

Day 1: Morning meeting and tour of Mexico City, Travel to Teotihuacan. We meet the group for breakfast at our hotel in Mexico City and then embark on a morning tour of some of Mexico City's historical landmarks. In the afternoon, we drive north out of the city to overnight near the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 2: Tour the pyramids and travel to La Malinche. We spend all morning exploring the ancient pyramid city of Teotihuacan and then travel east of Mexico City to overnight at a rustic mountain resort (10,000 ft) on the flanks of La Malinche to continue our acclimating. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: Acclimating climb of La Malinche (14,600 ft). We make an attempt of this easy hiking summit with incredible views of the
highlands of central Mexico. Late afternoon we travel to the colonial city of Puebla to overnight in the historical downtown area. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Explore Puebla & Travel to Tlachichuca. After spending the morning exploring Puebla we travel to Tlachichuca, our base
for Orizaba. We overnight at the historical climbers hostel, Servimont. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 5: 4WD adventure to the Piedra Grande hut on Orizaba. In the morning we take an exiting four wheel drive trip to the Peidra Grande hut (14,200 ft) on the flanks of Orizaba. On the way we make a brief visit of the highest village in North America. The afternoon is spent resting and acclimating. We set up our own camp (the hut can be noisy) utilizing tents while using the hut for meals and socializing. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Acclimating on Orizaba. Today is spent acclimating either resting or making an easy acclimating hike to 15,500 ft. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Summit Attempt of Orizaba (18,500 ft). We wake up very early for our attempt of North America's third highest peak. In the afternoon we catch our 4WD ride back to the climber's hostel in Tlachichuca for a celebratory dinner and a good nights sleep. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Travel back to Mexico City and the flight home (36,000 ft). After breakfast we travel back to the Mexico City Airport for the flight home. Includes: (B).

Note: Itinerary is subject to change.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Professional American mountain guides at a low ratio of 1:3
- Private ground transportation within Mexico
- All Lodging
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on most days (see itinerary)
- Group camping equipment
- All technical mountain climbing gear (except footwear).