Mexico Rocks! Exploring 5 Crags Near Mexico City


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As our van pulled into the wooded cul de sac, we could see many ropes hanging from gray, cobbled cliffs and dozens of climbers waiting their turn. Mexican hip-hop blared from a speaker somewhere up the hill. Cries of mátala! and venga! filtered through the woods as climbers urged each other on. We were the only gringos at the crag.

Three of us walked up to the nearest cliff, dumped our packs on the ground, and tried to puzzle out which route was which in our guidebook. Soon, a young, bearded Mexican came over and started pointing out the best climbs. Esta es bonita!