There is a thrilling world full of fresh air, beautiful dawns and sunsets, dense vegetation and exciting adventure: the mountains.
These heights, which are found all across Mexico along the length of the Western and Eastern Sierra Madre, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, the Mixteco Shield, the Mexican High Plateau, the Sierra Madre del Sur, the ranges of Oaxaca and Chiapas and Baja California – to mention just the most well-known – are the place to which the lovers of the high places converge, seeking the intense satisfaction of conquering the country’s peaks.
If this is an experience you want to retain in your memory, all you need is the right equipment and a guide to assist with your questions, so you don’t miss a moment of the excitement when you have to use harnesses, ropes, anchors, helmets, karabiners and special shoes, among other items, in order to get to know the volcanoes and mountains of a country where climbing and hiking are a rare pleasure among locals.
The important thing is to be determined and begin the climb, following the rhythm of your own body and listening to your footsteps on the ground and your own breathing. This is a thoroughly enjoyable activity, as it puts the body through its paces and rewards it with unparalleled experiences.
As you climb your mountain or volcano, you can learn about the region’s ecosystems, whether rich with dense vegetation in forests and jungles or arid in canyons and volcanic areas.
You can also take the opportunity to photograph the wildlife, from strange insects that catch your eye to reptiles or mammals that hide among the trees, to beautiful snow roses or orchids.
Nothing can be compared to reaching the summit and seeing the immense beauty of the land stretching before you below, as you dream of facing and conquering the next peak.
This sport is divided into various categories, ranging from mountaineering, trekking or walking, which may be combined with rock climbing and rappelling. Other related sports are camping and mountain biking.
The three highest peaks in Mexico are the Pico de Orizaba, on the border of Veracruz and Puebla states, with an altitude of 18,405 feet above sea level, and the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, located on the borders of the State of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla, but the whole country abounds with countless further peaks.