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Aculco | Mexico

Rock Climbing in Cascadas de Aculco

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Season

Year round

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Nearest city

Ciudad de Mexico is 3 hours away

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Duration

1 day

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Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Home to the best traditional crack climbing in all of México

Cascada la Concepción is an exquisite rhyolite crack climbing destination in Central México. This climber’s paradise is a winding scenic gorge that includes a cascading waterfall at the back of the canyon. The rhyolite lining this river valley has a collection of some of the greatest crack climbs in Mexico (and possibly entire North America) and flows as beautifully as the river beside it. What makes the climbing special in this valley is the vesicular texture of this particular stone. Nestled in amongst 60-foot oak trees lining a beautiful river gorge at 8,500 feet in elevation makes La Concepción a perfect climbing destination! Whether a rock climbing expert or new to hand jams, your professional guide will plan a perfect day!

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $370 · Full-day

Join your guide in the beautiful Aculco and climb the spectacular cliffs overviewing waterfalls. “The Indian Falls of Mexico” sport 30-240 foot high rhyolite cliffs ranging from 5.7 to 5.12a ensuring a variety of climbs. La Concepción is truly a paradise for any crack-climbing aficionado. The way the cracks climb, visitors would be wishing it was basalt! Let the guide organize the day according to your wishes and needs. Work on your skills, conquer new routes or simply have fun on the rocks!

Learn to Lead With a Private Guide

From $370 · Full-day

Learn the proper techniques for leading and try them out in a safe environment with a guide on this one-day course in La Concepción! Practice your new skills on basic routes and focus on properly placing gear, clipping bolts and managing the rope. If you feel ready, go for some more challenging routes under the watchful eye of your instructor!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in Aculco

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Aculco, please refer to Mexico’s Official Travel website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Full days of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
  • All technical climbing gear

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and snacks
  • Park entrance fee (25 pesos)

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is for intermediate to experienced climbers. You will need a good level of fitness to accomplish this climb as you will be moving for a minimum of three hours on the rocks. Even though rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength, Aculco will test you. Be prepared for a full day of strenuous climbing on sport routes from 5.5 to 5.14.

For intermediate to advanced climbers, Aculco has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

If you’ve never climbed before, we recommend taking an introduction to climbing course or spending a day with a guide learning the basics prior to booking this adventure. Aculco has only almost no options for beginner climbers, but if you have some experience and have topped a minimum of 5.5, there are routes that you can successfully complete with the help of a guide. Let a guide plan the perfect day and focus on safety, so you can focus on having fun.

If you want to climb easier routes, El Potrero Chico offers some great climbs for beginners!

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 20-35L bag)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Approach shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Make sure you have any personal climbing gear you would normally bring for a day at the crag.

Technical gear list

For this adventure, you’ll need:

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device and chalk bag
  • Rock shoes
  • Ropes
  • Chalk-bag
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For this private adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1 and cost is per person.

Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Everybody younger than 18 can go climbing on a case-by-case basis.

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with emergency medical insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Aculco, most people fly into Ciudad de México International Airport (AICM) or Querétaro Intercontinental Airport (QRO). Ciudad de México is just under 3 hours away and Santiago de Querétaro about 2 hours away by car or bus.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.

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