MEXICO — November 26 — December 9, 2017
NOV. 26: Fly to Mexico City. Arrive at night. Check into the 3-star Hotel Gillow (www.hotelgillow.com) in the “Centro Historico” (Old Town), declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Each client gets a private double room with an outdoor terrace.
NOV. 27: Welcome Breakfast (included) overlooking the “Zocalo,” Mexico City’s central plaza and one the second largest public plaza in the world (Red Square in Moscow is the largest. Guided tour of the city. Boat trip in the ancient canals of Xochimilco, complete with a visit by a Mariachi band for entertainment!! Hotel Gillow.
NOV. 28: Day trip to the 2000-year-old pyramids and archeological sites of Teotihuacan. Climb to the tops of the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Return to Mexico City. Hotel Gillow.
NOV. 29: Drive to the town of Huamantla, near the mountain La Malinche (14,640 feet). Check into the IMSS Campground, a modern government-run facility with full-service cabins, a restaurant and store. Afternoon pick-up basketball game followed by beers and dinner.
Nov. 30: Guided climb to the summit of La Malinche (14,640 feet). A 4,500-foot vertical rise; 7-8 hours roundtrip, depending on one’s speed. At night, drive to the nearby town of Huamantla for dinner. Return to our cabins.
DEC. 1: Drive to the town of Cholula, located near Iztaccihuatl (“Izta”)(17,126 feet) — our second mountain — and Popocatepetl (“Popo”)(17,887 feet). Check into the Hotel Casa Calli (www.hotelcasacalli.com). Visit “Tlachihualtepetl,” or more commonly known as “The Great Pyramid of Cholula” — a huge archeological site that dates back to the 3rd century.
DEC. 2: Begin our ascent of Izta by driving up to the “Paso de Cortes,” the pass between Izta and Popo. Meet our guides. Continue to the trailhead at La Joya. Climb to high camp (15,000 feet) assisted by porters. Camp.
DEC. 3: Climb to the summit of Izta (17,126 feet). Enjoy fantastic views of Popo and the surrounding plains. View Mexico City in the distance. Descend to our van in La Joya. Drive down to the city of Puebla. Check into the Hotel Colonial de Puebla (www.colonial.com.mx), a 300-year-old hotel near the main square. Each client gets a private room.
DEC. 4: Rest day in Puebla. Midday bus tour of this historic city. Group wine party. Dinner overlooking the main plaza. Second night in the Hotel Colonial.
DEC. 5: Drive to the town of Tlachichuca, near Pico de Orizaba, Mexico’s highest mountain. Spend the night in a mountaineer’s lodge.
DEC. 6: Meet our guides. Drive in 4×4 vehicles to Piedra Grande (where Pico de Orizaba’s main climber’s hut is located). Climb up to and establish high camp at 16,000 feet (personal porters not included). Camp.
DEC. 7: Climb up the Jamapa Glacier to the summit of Pico de Orizaba (18,405 feet) — the “top of Mexico.” Descend to Tlachichuca. Return to the mountaineer’s lodge.
DEC. 8: Drive back to Mexico City. Check back into the Hotel Gillow. Mexican beers and Tequila sampling!! Farewell Dinner with Folkloric Show!!
DEC. 9: Fly home. “Buen viaje” and “hasta la vista!”
TRIP PRICE: $2,800 per person
TRIP PRICE INCLUDES:
1) Taxi transfer to and from airport to Hotel Gillow
2) All overnight accommodations (one client per room)
3) All transportation in Mexico (private van and 4×4 vehicles)
4) All guides — tourist and mountain
5) All food while in mountains
6) All group climbing and camping gear
7) One porter (group gear only) for Izta and one for Orizaba
8) Farewell Dinner with folkloric show
9) Group wine and beer during the trip
10) Bilingual tour leader on duty 24/7!
TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
1) Roundtrip airfare to Mexico City
2) Food while NOT in the mountains (i.e., restaurant meals)
3) Independent (non-group) sidetrips and activities
4) Personal incidental expenses
5) Medical expenses
6) Trip and medical insurance