• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    3280 Feet

Forest

Pico de Orizaba is the third highest mountain of South America (18,570 ft.).

To get to the south face of Pico de Orizaba, you need to go towards Ciudad Serdán, Puebla. Once you pass "Esperanza" toll station, you have to divert to the right towards Atzizintla. You have to follow this road all the way to get to the National Park. Once you are there, the road is going to divide, the one on the right takes you to the Fausto González shelter.

4x4 vehicles can get very close to the shelter so visitors can walk only for a few minutes to get there. If you don't have this type of car you have to leave your car on the division of the road.

Fausto González shelter is 15,308 ft. high. You must spend the night there in order to start the ascent in the early morning. The summit is located at 18,570 ft. The approximately time from the shelter to the summit is between 5 and 8 hours depending on the pace.

Pico de Orizaba is the highest mountain in México and the third one of North America. It's an inactive volcano which climb to its crater it's a well worth experience.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Crampons
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