Climbing: La Malinche and El Pico and then onto Veracruz
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2012 7:20 PM Last Post By: wannabewritter
Oct 18, 2012 9:14 AM
Climbing: La Malinche and El Pico and then onto VeracruzHi folks --
hoping to get some information.
A friend and I are thinking of going down to Mexico to climb around New Year's this year. We would like to acclimate on La Malinche and then head over to El Pico. And then after climbing -- head to Veracruz.
1. Is veracruz worth going to? Are there other, better beach spots for a few days?
2. Would this itin work for 12 days (including the days flying in/out of Mexico City)
Oct 18, 2012 10:40 AM
1I don't think I would describe Veracruz as a "beach spot" - it's a grubby port with a beach you wouldn't walk your dog on. The nearest decent beaches are probably those on the Pacific side (about 5 hours from Mexico City by bus). Of course, all beach resort areas will be jam-packed from Dec 26th to Jan 2nd.
Oct 18, 2012 10:59 AM
2ok -- so -- if not veracruz -- are there any other areas on the east coast worth going to (since we will be coming from EL Pico)?
Oct 18, 2012 12:08 PM
3There are plenty of threads here describing points of interests in the areas close to Oriazaba. So that we do not waste time listing them all over again, perhaps you can indicate what you consider "worth visiting" - colonial towns?pre-Columbian sites? native villages? hiking areas? beaches only? - then folks here will be able to help you.
Oct 18, 2012 3:48 PM
4I suggest you visit the port city of Veracruz. The beaches aren't the best in Mexico, but it is close, and the ambiance of the town will make up for any shortcoming in the sand or water. In any event, there was a good thread about better beaches near Veracruz, you can search for it. I don't think you'll have any trouble doing all this in twelve days, but you didn't mention if you're renting a car or traveling by bus.
I've hiked La Malinche twice, but never attempted Pico de Orizaba (don't they call it "the ice chute of death" lately?)
Oct 18, 2012 7:20 PM
5Beaches in Veracruz coast are not the best ones in México, however, you could find very "decent" beaches in the north (Tecolutla and Casitas) and in the south (in the Sontecomapan Lagoon near Catemaco). Those beaches are mainly visited by locals, and there is where they get their charm. As I see you like adventure, in the former you could do sandboarding (in nearby sand dunes) while in the latter you could have the chance to explore the furthermost northern jungle in the world (beatiful, by the way). Good luck!!
Edited by: wannabewritter
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